I was born in a small island in the middle of the pacific
ocean and spent my early childhood in an idyllic natural
setting. My grandmother, `Oya´ Bitud, was a farmer,
traditional herbalist, and craftsman and lived up to the
ripe age of 103 years, despite Osteoporosis. She had an
exemplary attitude shown in her daily life activities. To my
recollection, she was a one of a kind storyteller, who
synchronized songs and poems in her stories. I usually lost
track of time listening to tales of mystical legends,
powerful beings, kind people and angels, who, at the right
moment and time, always comes to the aid of the needy and
the helpless. What was imparted to me is an ancient art,
like Qi Gong. It is alive and will
be transmitted further to others who needs it.
As a child, I have always enjoyed movement expression in
games, dances, musical instruments renditions, and even in
military drills. As an adolescent, I experimented in
changing my own behavioral patterns.
PAR, an experiential learning project up to the present.
When my children and their friends have grown out of the
daily games that we used to play in the backyard, I started a collaborative work based in Political
Science, known in the Community Health and
Epidemiology as Participatory Action Research (PAR).
My goal is a community base sharing of experiences with the use of movement exercises and dance forms.
To this end, I went through several qualifications and participated in a variety of dances and diverse movement arts
to actively learn the physical, mental, and emotional
restoration of the body and mind. And last, but not the
least, is the certification in Qi Gong and the study of Chinese
Staying connected in my own body.
I first encountered the term "Qi", when I
started to train Qi Gong for the first time in 2012.
It reminded me very much of
the games and exercises that I once enjoyed at school and
the one´s I experienced with my children and their friends. They
are also a reminder, not only of dance, but all other
movements that I am carrying out up to this date.