Thanks for the invite to share information Ron. My entry is more of a response to your invitation, or a thought process than an advertisement to come to LIFT School of Acrobatics teacher training.
I'm Aaron Lind. I've spent a lot of time being a student, mentoring under various teachers, supporting and mentoring for other teacher's work, and continuing to be a student across many fields. I did about 800 hours of teaching practice through various teacher trainings covering yoga, anatomy, AcroYoga (both levels offered), as well as continuing to find every opportunity I can to study gymnastic movement, circus-style acrobatics, handstands, and various other forms of physical expression. I also have around 15,000 hours of in-class teaching and have taught yoga and acrobatics professionally since 2008.
LIFT teacher training is designed by myself and supported by several high quality teachers covering anatomy, movement, physical training, and more to create well-rounded, caring, articulate, observant, and effective teachers.
My motivation for leading an acrobatics teacher training is pretty simple. I like working with new teachers as they go through the process of learning how to articulate themselves. It's fun and beautiful to see the prospective teacher gain confidence by working towards being able to express themselves fully. I was really shy starting out and my teachers pushed me, cajoled me, and found many ways to help me speak confidently in front of other adults. It was such a process, and I'm forever grateful. I like being in that role now, because I've been there and I know what it feels like, and I know how to get new teachers through it. One of the most amazing things I’ve experienced in this role is getting to see the process of a student unfolding their full confident self, standing tall and sharing what they love as an empowered being.
I prefer smaller group training and I like longer training formats because change doesn't happen in a week or two, or even a month or two. LIFT is several months long, 3 retreat-style modules over the course of 5 months, that consist of physical training, practice teaching, learning about the peripheral skills to being a teacher, and more. These are preceded by two 5 day trainings covering acrobatic fundamentals in the first and intermediate and advanced skills in the second. All told it's about a year-long conversation of developing not only skill, but also understanding and enjoyment of the practice before deciding if teacher training is a logical next step. Teacher training is for learning how to serve other's learning by becoming as knowledgeable, proficient, observant, and articulate as possible.
As far as highest-priority goals for LIFT teacher training, I think these three sum it up pretty well:
1) Develop teachers that are kind, compassionate, enthusiastic, and understand that above all becoming a teacher is about serving others.
2) Develop teachers that have a deep and thorough knowledge of how acrobatic skills work and how to apply this knowledge to a wide variety of student ability levels. It's not about learning how to teach a few poses or tricks, but understanding the mechanics of acro that would allow a teacher to create a program that could be carried out over the course of several years. Included in this are the peripheral skills necessary to long term acrobatics training: understanding balanced physical conditioning and self-care that acrobatics teachers need to keep their students healthy.
3) Develop teachers that have deep observational and verbal skills combined with the necessary courage to use these tools to see that their material is well-learned and executed to quality.
If you are interested in learning more about LIFT, check out www.liftschoolofacrobatics.com and look around a bit. There is now a text and video blog we use as a way of sharing some concepts and fun things as well as information about teacher training and events coming up.
At this moment (22 January 2016), we are about to start our Advanced Immersion in New Orleans, which is the last step before teacher training, if you're on that track. Odds are if you are just learning about this now, you are most likely not coming to our March-July teacher training in Nashville.
The next teacher training starts with the Fundamentals Immersion that outlines the bulk of what I think a teacher teaching beginners needs to know. It will likely be November 2016 in New Orleans and the Advanced Immersion will likely be in January 2017 about this time. I'll post on AcroMaps when we book them.
Feel free to reach out if you have questions, I'm available via FB or the email on the lift website.
Thanks Ron for the invitation to talk about LIFT School of Acrobatics and thank you for your interest!