I’m Fernando, I’m 25, I’m from Munich and I’ve been doing handstands for like 8 years maybe and I was introduced to it through yoga but it really quickly took another path.
So the training here reminds me a little of a camp, like a training camp.
2 sessions a day, a lot of space in between but good food, enough sleep. It’s not too early, so it’s not draining in that sense but I think it’s really at the right amount of training.
You could say that it’s a bit too much and at home I would change it up with different stuff but for a training camp, or for a week that’s solely focused on handstands, it’s a really sweet spot.
Also, the stuff where you need to be fresh and focused, the handstands are in the morning, but actually it’s more like midday, so not too early. So your body is somewhat loose, but you’re not unfocused.
There is a lot of time to do more, or to ask more questions, apart from the classes. Maybe you could implement more time where you could just talk about stuff and ask questions, as there are two teachers here and they know a lot and you can, like, all the information you get through the classes is really a lot. I think it’s going to take more than this week to really understand what you’ve actually learned here.
When I was starting here, I actually was not so prepared like I could have been, I was not training one arm stuff so much, like I could have. The information that I’ve got and the way I got back into training was in 3 days, I got to a higher level than I was before, like the high level was today: I was on the canes, I tried the canes for the first time and was not thinking about too much, but I was really giving it a go and letting it happen, like they are saying “letting it happen” putting the weight, going through the steps and it just happened. I did not do more, the whole room was focused around the one try, the random try, everyone is doing handstands around but everybody knew this was a good attempt and Mikael screamed “Stay like this! Stay like this!” and I did, and I dropped back to the middle and it was a solid 3 second hold on that side and it was crazy.
Favourite thing about this place for me is really that the environment totally supports what you’re trying to do here, the studio is somewhat neutral, so you could dance here, or juggle, or you could do handstands, like it’s actually perfect for handstands, you have the mirror, you have loads of space and its bright. You get the light in and I like that. The food is crazy, it’s always enough and it’s really good and everything, every little detail is really good.
What I’m taking home from this, is a lot of information that I have to process and but really, it’s a lot of information but on the other hand, it’s pretty simple. For me, until today I got a few tips that are simple but are really going to carry me along for a long time. I’ve never seen so many people try handstands, or try one arm handstands. You talk about the information, you see it in other people and you try for yourself. So you, make a leap that you would not get close to in your home environment. So I think this is like the perfect way to really understand the material, to get better yourself, to understand it and to, for me personally, to maybe teach people better. So it’s an experience, you grow with it and when you get back home, you’re probably changed a little.