Individuals who wish to lead movement classes are expected to adhere to the following standards:
Assertiveness: You are the sensei. Use your cowbell to keep the action on track.
Maintain and enforce the dojo rules: This is not an informal, drop-in culture. Expect people to follow instructions.
Lead with a balance of gravity and levity: The more disciplined you are about fundamentals, the more fun you can have.
Safety: Risk and challenge are inherent in good movement classes; nevertheless, leaders must think ahead, anticipate dangers and modify activity to suit conditions.
Modeling: Leader must be able to show good physicality, including good posture and functional movement skill.
Highlight. Rapport is the star of the show. When you observe other participants moving skillfully or powerfully, bang on your cowbell and ask everyone to observe. Spread the love around.
Run a firm ship: Allow a little slack in the system so that people can innovate. When someone improvs a new movement or game, highlight it and remember it for next time.
Talk less: It's easy to over-instruct, so dial it back. "Do this" is one of your most useful phrases. When in doubt, remember the acronym WAIT: Why Am I Talking?
Be polite and issue invitations. Demonstrate a good movement or functional game, then say "Please try."
Challenge people to powerful physicality, but be observant and allow people to dial it back to avoid injury. This is a big, physical event and it’s important to go slow.