The Rock and Water program

The Rock and Water program applies a physical as well as a social approach to assist boys and girls in their development to adulthood. This program increases their self-realisation, self-confidence, self-respect, boundary awareness, self-awareness and intuition. A specific goal of the course is teaching boys and girls to deal with power, strength and powerlessness.

The program offers a framework of exercises and ideas about adulthood and aims to assist boys and girls in becoming aware of their purpose and motivation in life. Topics covered in Rock and Water include intuition, body language, mental strength, empathy and positive feeling. Further topics cover bullying, sexual harassment, homophobia, life goals and desires. Via games, soft-solution self-defence, boundary and communication exercises we create a strong notion of self-confidence.

Rock and Water is often run in conjunction with other self-enhancing programs in schools It can support and contribute to the aims of those other school programs. The program can also be integrated into the school’s curriculum in various ways. Parts of our content basically result from the self-defense sport Krav Maga, from the manifold possibilities of the techniques and the preparatory stress drills, exercises and games this self defense art offers.

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery:

The building blocks of the Rock and Water program are self-control, self-reflection and self-confidence. Building on to this foundation, we pay attention to the themes of safety, assertiveness, communication and finding your own way (the inner compass) that connects you to others (solidarity) and gives direction in live.

Self-realisation gives a deep feeling of power, joy and meaningfulness. This is an important concept, especially for young people who are on the threshold of making important choices. Answers to questions about meaningfulness and direction are very much related to becoming aware of one’s own qualities and desires.

The Rock and Water program aims to apply a physical/social approach to assist boys and girls in their development to adulthood by increasing their self-realisation, self-confidence, self-respect, boundary awareness, self-awareness and intuition. A specific goal for the course is teaching boys and girls to deal with power, strength and powerlessness.

The themes mentioned above are interrelated in the program by four leading threads:

  1. Grounding, centring and focusing: Learning how to stand firm and relaxed, how to concentrate on stomach breathing and focus attention (first external, later transformed to an internal goal).
  2. The golden triangle of body-awareness – emotional awareness – self-awareness:
    Emotions are expressed in the body by way of muscular tension. Therefore, increased body awareness can lead to more insight and experience of one’s own patterns of reaction. This in turn can offer a chance to deepen self- and emotional awareness. In fact, this concept is the basis of every martial art that has an eye for the development of mental and inner power.
  3. Communication: 
    The development of physical forms of communication as a basis for the development of other, more verbally oriented, forms of communication.
  4. The Rock and Water concept: 
    The ‘tough, immovable rock’ attitude versus the ‘mobile, agile, communicative water’ attitude. This concept can be developed and applied at various levels: the physical, the mental and the social level. At a physical level this means that one can parry an attack by means of firmly strained muscles (rock), but also – and often even more effectively – by moving along with the energy of the attacker (water).
  5. At a social level – for instance in a conversation – kids learn to choose between the rock and the water attitude. They also learn that the same choice applies to the way in which they maintain relationships with others. Then the insight and experience come about that both ways are needed to reach self-fulfilment and that people, in their deepest essence, are connected to each other and go along a path together.

Movement = Life

Meaning

  • Get to know each other
  • Body health
  • Body language
  • Environmental awareness

Function of moving

  • Social function = moving along with others
  • Personal function = getting to know your own body
  • Productive function = being able to make something
  • Expressive function = feeling and express feelings
  • Explorative function = discovering something new
  • Comparative function = comparing yourself with others (contest, win, lose)
  • Adaptive function = being able to adapt to something

Goals of moving

  • Condition (strength, speed, endurance, flexibility)
  • Coordination (Interplay of muscles and nerves)
  • Techniques (punches, kicking, throwing, holds)
  • Social goals (group behaviour)
  • Emotional goals (fun, health, cosiness, success, adventure, challenge, risk)
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