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.