Locomotion and Travel

Locomotion and travel refers to our ability to travel through time and space with efficiency using different methods and mediums. Some forms of locomotion are fundamental (like running) whist others are environment dependent (like skiing). Movement practitioners need to choose the most appropriate forms for their environment. Often these will provide avenues for the development of cardio-vascular endurance. Other locomotion patterns (like frog or lizard) aim to build strength and flexibility that will enhance other movements. Locomotion and travel at A1 generally focuses on the efficiency of the movement within the system whilst at C2 the mover can perform autonomously and merge other coordination and manipulation, respond with the external environment or include dynamic movements into locomotion with fluency. 

Coordination and Manipulation

Coordination and manipulation involves our capacity to control objects through movement. This is linked to our sense perception, and timing. Level A1 introduces general principles for throwing, catching and kicking in closed environments and moves toward performance of these in open environments and more complex compound or continuous manipulative skills in later levels. Whilst these skills lend themselves toward engagement in traditional sporting activities a firm focus should be held on transferability of skills. The non-dominant side of the body should always be developed in conjunction.

Postures, Positions, Poses and Patterns

Postures, Positions, Poses & Patterns develop bodily awareness, posture, flexibility and control through movement. At Level A1 movers focus on achieving full range of motion and stability within basic positions which will allow their progression in the future. Teachers should identify limiting areas and provide correctional activities. At higher levels patterns often require additional strength and hence should be worked toward slowly to allow the necessary development of the capabilities preceding it to emerge.

Dynamic Body Positioning and Control

Dynamic body positioning and control takes postures, positions, poses and patterns and combines them with momentum. Through these movements students must control their bodies against gravity and other rotational forces. This strand supports the injury prevention as well as development of spatial awareness and muscular power. At Level A1 movers focus on ground based movements and progress toward more aerial centric gymnastic activities at higher levels.

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