Ido Portal – Just Move – FULL MOVIE

Life all comes down to a few moments.

Thursday night was one of them.

You see hosting the world premiere of a feature length documentary film that you produced in four months time is already a very intense and special experience.

To envision an idea, then pitch it, then travel to film it, then construct it in the editing room, then screen test it, then colour and sound grade it, and then premiere it on the big screen to an audience of 200 people…well, life doesn’t get more challenging and sensational than that.

But to do all this with Ido Portal as the main feature of your efforts takes that intensity up by a factor of 10.

Because Ido is a man I respect tremendously, whose message is one that I believe is crucial to the future of humanity.

And it’s our responsibility to tell it with clarity and integrity.

No pressure Brian 🙂

Well now you get the chance to judge for yourself.

Some people say it’s our finest work yet, others told me they experienced a life-altering moment.

For me it answered one simple question:

Why do we do this at London Real?

The answer:


Yes, love.

We create movies and multi-media at London Real to express our love.

Our love for a person.

Our love for an idea.

Our love for transforming the world.

Watch closely and you can see it.

You can feel it.

You can even be a part of it.

Ido Portal, thank you for your trust.

We love you.

00:00 Brian’s thoughts as he travels to meet Ido Portal.
02:38 Brian’s introduction.
06:41 If at first you don’t succeed, keep going and going, never give up.
10:06 Developing a love of movement in any form of mind and body connection.
11:40 Where fear resides that is where the growth is. Brian is given a challenge.
18:00 Odelia’s story, what she overcame to practice movement for a living.
19:47 The struggle to reach the goal and what we learn on the way fulfils us, not the goal itself.
24:10 Gavriel explains how the team encourages everyone not to become Homer Simpsons.
24:48 Because you can. If you won’t – tomorrow you might not be able to. MOVE.
25:53 How to do the spinal wave. Practise it before it is too late.
29:12 Let them dirty the wall you motherf**kers
30:37 To stay young keep playing, keep discovering, keep feeding yourself.
33:47 Pascale has to move for those who can’t move.
35:50 Respect the body you’re given, learn as much about it as possible and use it.
37:55 Brian continues to practise.
38:41 Reasons for popularity of movement practices in Israel.
40:12 Less fear and more awareness of perception may be better for modern society.
42:42 We are the sum of the stories we tell ourselves.
43:53 Initial scepticism in Ido’s movement ideas, now a fashionable way of training and being.
45:03 Warm up for natural movement and focus on where in the body power needs to be.
49:49 Why Ido is helping Conor McGregor prepare for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
56:43 Seeing movement from a different perspective and developing a movement tribe.
59:21 Playful concept requires a serious approach, perform now don’t wait for the “right” time.
1:04:45 The diverse movement community and importance of being part of it.
1:08:22 Brian returns to London with new perspectives, can you meet his challenge?


(sombre music)

– [Brian] I don’t know
about you, but something

just doesn’t feel quite right.

Sometimes I look at the world and wonder,

why am I really here?

I get anxious.

I feel lost

and confused.

I have more friends than ever

but I don’t really feel connected.

I have all this information

but I can’t find the truth.

The more I seek pleasure

the less I find happiness.

I don’t remember the last time I played.

I don’t remember the
last time I was scared.

I don’t remember the last time

I felt human.

Maybe the answer is right in the mirror.

Maybe it is something I took
for granted my whole life.

Maybe the answer is inside my own body,

the only thing that connects
me with who I really am.

If I can understand that,
maybe I can understand myself.

So I’m travelling to the
oldest place in the world

to learn the oldest lesson known to man

from the only person who can teach me.

So who is Ido Portal?

And what does he teach?

Well, where do I begin?

In 2014, the man walked into my studio

carrying all of his
possessions on his back.

He was a nomad, relentlessly
touring the world

city by city teaching his
message one person at a time.

What I though would be
just another interview,

instead, changed everything.

Because I began to think of my
body in a completely new way.

You see, Ido is a man
obsessed with human movement

who has spent his entire
life in the pursuit

of this knowledge.

His subject: Movement.

His mantra: Move.

Move more, move better.

Move with more freedom.

Move with more understanding.

Move, move, move.

His teachings would attract
a new tribe of practitioners

with their own unique
ideas, values and character.

Ido would call this Movement Culture.

Then in 2015, everything would change

when he began training the
UFC fighter Conor McGregor.

Suddenly both Ido and his culture

were elevated to a global stage

where the world would
learn of Lizard Walks

and Spinal Waves from one of
the most well-known fighters

on the planet.

This was incredible for
me to watch in real time.

It was like some kind of
a strange YouTube dream.

Months later, Conor will
be crowned the UFC champion

with Ido Portal right by his side.

But for me, Ido was
always the same person,

just a man obsessed with
finding the master key

of human movement.

And yet the more I understood
of what Ido taught,

the more I became confused.

With more answers, came more questions.

And I soon found myself lost again

in this concept that was so simple,

yet so complicated.

So when Ido invited me to
Israel, I jumped at the chance.

As a kid from the beaches of California,

the Middle East had always fascinated me.

A place with so many
cultures and countries

and languages and traditions.

Where people created religion
in search of salvation.

Looking for answers outside
of their own bodies.

Like many of you,

I had watched the news.

I had seen the violence.

I had heard the politicians speak

but I wanted to see what it
was really like for myself.

(sombre music)

So here I am

in the land of the soul

to learn about my body.

(sombre instrumental music)

(upbeat music)

– You try your best to keep
going, keep going, keep going.

Don’t stop, never stop, never stop.

There is no reason to rest,
just keep going, keep going.

You’re frustrated, keep going.

Oh I’m shit, keep going.

I wanna kill myself, keep going.

Keep going, keep going, keep going.

Just chew on it, get
used to the craftsman.

I am making a craft here.

And you know it’s like the first craft

that you made in primary school.

You brought your mother
some, fucked-up statue.

You said, mom, look what I did.

And she said, what a beautiful creation.

You’re so creative.

It’s like afterwards, your
dad throws it in the garbage

because he thinks it’s some,

some leftover.

So here we are,

first, we are just getting used to that,

I’m shitty, I’m not yet good at it.

It’s the Shoshin, the beginner mindset.

And we go into the beginner moment.

And I try to sustain the ball on the wall

for as long as possible by placing myself

in front of it,

tightening my fists

and moving my body.

If I miss it, I miss it.

I pick it back up, I go back into it.

Let’s do it.

– There he is.


– How are you?

– I’m good, I’m here.

– What do you think about this?

– It’s amazing, this is
like a big playground.

– That’s what it is.

It is a playground for adults.

There is no bigger reason for
a community to gather around.


(soft music)

– I remember the first
thing Ido ever told me.

– It’s not about what you wanna learn.

It’s about what the
teacher wanna teach you.

Yet people hate hearing it.

If you find a real teacher and
if you find a real process,

it doesn’t matter what he teaches,

what it teaches or what she teaches.

It just matters that you found that thing,

so if I found a real violin teacher,

I’ll study violin.

Mastery of everything is
the mastery of mastery.

It’s the mastery of yourself.

– Ido was born in Haifa, Israel,

a beach town near the border with Lebanon.

As a young man, he was always
obsessed with the physical.

And at 15 years old, he
fell in love with Capoeira.

The seductive Afro-Brazilian
martial art and dance

that introduced him to
movement, music and rhythm.

For the next 16 years,
Ido would master the art.

But this dance was not enough
and Ido longed for more.

So he travelled the world

in search of a true movement teacher,

learning from anyone in any
discipline along the way.





Circus performers.

And fighters.

He studied Nutrition.




Mental training and more.

Unable to find a movement teacher,

he returned with one conclusion.

– I didn’t make the next
mistake of being an acrobat,

being and I don’t know, a dancer.

I realised I love movement,
on all of its shades.

Utilitarian movement.

Artistic movement.


Any form of mind-body connection.

(reflective music)

Boom, one.



Feel it.


Balance, feel it.


Don’t drop down, everybody
sees that you’re shitty.

If you spend days on the rail,
you would become the cat.

But we stop challenging
ourselves like this

and we start to feel shitty,
hence we don’t like it.

I challenge you to not like
it when you’re good at it.

(speaking foreign language)

– Let’s face it.

I am not a mover.

In middle school, I won the science fair.

At university, I got
the engineering degree.

Now I’m surrounded by proper athletes,

all of them 20 years younger than me.

And what’s with the tennis
balls and handrails?

When are we gonna get to the good stuff?

– If it’s too much and I give
you a traumatic experience,

you’re not gonna go back into it.

And then we encapsulate the fear.

And inside the capsule, it grows

until it takes over your life,

where touching it in the
right moments is okay.

Here is the controlled risk.

Yeah, you can probably somehow
if you’re a real idiot,

catch your foot inside of
here, fall on the other side

and crack your head open.


Making some serious
mistake, but without it,

what will happen.

Yeah like I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.

I’m here, okay I need this, I step on it.

I need here, there’s a whoa,
whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Where am I, okay, I’m
stepping here, oh I need,

I’m falling down, off I come down here.

It’s nothing.

But it looks much different
when you’re up there.

– Yeah.

– Try again.

And breathing now.

And a small smile as well.

Yeah, this smile relaxes you.

It’s connected with the mindset.

Yeah, just a small stretch of the lips.

A fake smile, faking it
until we’re making it.

Small smile and breath.

Release the leg.

Standing on two legs is the hardest thing.

Now you can use it for balance.

The right leg, it’s a
huge part of your balance.

And now you place it when you’re ready.


The fear comes in, wants
to make contractions.

You manage it.

Don’t eliminate it,
you’ll never eliminate it,

but you play with it.

You dance with the fear.

Don’t overuse me.

You did it, now you did it.

You took that step.





Go back one step.

Uh-huh, you’re good.

Okay, we’ll do the descent.

Put the right foot, squat down slowly.



Squat down slowly again.

You’re good, push it back, release it.

Good, slowly come down into the foot.

– Yeah.

– You applied.

Now you broke it.

But you, this is your project.

Mounting, walking alone.

Dismounting, coming down.

Maybe not today, but before you leave.

Capture it.

– Okay.

– The next time you try it,

it’s a completely different beast

but you have to step away from
it to feel the difference.

Now you broke it, you broke the fear.

This is what the parkour
kids call, breaking the jump.

It’s actually breaking
the fear of the jump

or breaking the fear of the element.

All of a sudden, it was possible.

Did you feel it?

– Yeah.

– What was impossible
before, what was paralysing,

all of a sudden, pa!

I dared and no, oh!

It’s not so, it’s not so difficult.

And it happened.

– Yeah, but I had to trust that process

and make the leap when my
brain was saying, don’t do it.

– Yeah, and I as a teacher,
that’s the interesting part.

I can hold your hand to
the edge of that cliff

but when it’s time to
jump to the other side,

I cannot occupy your hand.

You can only do it yourself.

I can teach you a jab, and a
cross and do all the drills,

but eventually, you’re all alone.

The ring is the loneliest place.

And it’s the same here.

I can give all the tools and instructions,

but you have to deal with
that emotional, hormonal dump

that focus, that fear.

So it’s a beautiful moment of
self-discovery and evolution.

You’ve just made a huge

change in your neurological makeup.

You’ve rewired yourself around this fear,

around the possibilities,

and you’re not the same
person as you were.

This is beautiful, we need
more of this in our lives.

It’s uncomfortable.

But this creates huge changes.

It’s an arrow, discomfort
and fear is an arrow.

It’s here.

This is where the gold
is, X marks the spot.

It’s here, but we go with the pleasure.

That’s not where the arrow points.

And that eventually, is
not pleasurable anymore

and it kind of can destroy our lives.

But where our fear resides,
this is where real growth is.

And discomfort and pain is part of it.

– Thank you.

– Good guy.

(upbeat music)

– My name is Odelia.

I practise Movement for a living.

I came across Ido’s work in Capoeira

and I directly recognised
there’s something

different about the approach,
about the quality of the work.

I had to learn from this person,

so I just started to train with him and

then we shifted into other worlds.

I had a car accident around 10 years ago.

I was just driving the
car on my way to Haifa

to meet Ido and the guys

and someone ran into the car behind me

and I nearly died.

I broke four vertebras in
the lower back, L1 to L4.

I was lying in the hospital
bed and I was thinking,

I wonder where will I be
in five years from now.

Will I be able to walk?

Will I be able to do this?

And then, after a few
weeks, these questions,

still I remember the day that I was lying

and thinking about it
because I couldn’t walk,

I couldn’t move.

I realised that it doesn’t matter.

I tried to live everyday,
like I know it’s a bit cheesy,

but it’s as if it’s my last.

But it really is, it really could be.

(dramatic upbeat music)

(upbeat music)

– I have a 10-month old boy.

And I think I told you, he’s crawling now

and he’s about to walk.

You said to me, you said,

Brian, he’s closer to
the source than you are.

– Yeah, yeah.

First, his operating tools
that are superior to yours

in many ways.

Tools of intuition.

Tools of connection without
yet terminology and language

taming the process.

Fears are not categorised yet as fears.

So how does this work?

Those, like as a child-like, right?

Like you have to learn how,
you learned how to walk.

You figured it out.

You know, who taught you how to walk?

Not your parents.

Nobody teaches his child how to walk.

That’s not true, that’s not honest.

You learned how to walk.

It can only be learned and figured it.

And that’s the beauty of the struggle,

the Sisyphus approach.

The struggle, pushing
that rock up the mountain

is enough to feel our
hearts, that’s the nature of

being alive.


Increasing awareness.

Enjoying this reality that
nobody fucking knows what it is.

So I think it’s a good thing
that we have to struggle.

Once we eliminate the
struggle, great emptiness hits

and it happens on a micro
level for us all the time.

Reaching goals, it’s a
very emptying moment.

Which brings us to another
very important thing.

Success is not a good orientation.

It’s a filthy word.

It’s a nauseating word.

I hear it a lot, success.

How did you become successful?

How to succeed?

That’s a wrong orientation.

The orientation should be

to learn something about this body,

this mind, the nature of our awareness

through those tools.

But, it does not mean you
don’t do them very intensely.

So I practise like a madman

but with complete
detachment of the result.

In the end of the day, it’s
about being a craftsman

and not being the success story.

Sit down and do your fucking work.

(waves splashing)

– You still do hanging work

these days–
– Yeah

and everything?
of course, of course.

I do it in the gym now

and I just think about you
all the time, you know.

– Oh always good.

– How often do you prescribe the hanging?

– Daily.

– Daily and–
– Daily.

For what kind of a time interval?

– Five, seven minutes a day total time

but they build it up in small sections,

maybe 30 seconds, maybe 20
seconds, maybe a minute.

It’s kind of like a cat stretch for us

’cause we’re not moving on all fours.

So we rarely kind of, the modern lifestyle

very compressed about it
and we’re already extended.

And this is kind of

a very nice extension,
it runs through you.

You let gravity do the alignment for you.

And what better modality
to use than gravity.

We’re living with gravity.

We have a constant relationship with it

although many don’t realise it.

And then, the other thing,
the compression is the squat,

which we’ve talked about before.

And just compressing
the lower body and just,

yeah just down here spending time.

This is what I would
recommend for everyone.

These two basic things.

You have to really think,

what kind of legs do you wanna beat?

I don’t want tree trunk
legs, I want bamboo legs.

Wank, wank, wank, wank.

Flexible, strong.

If the wind comes, it bends
it, but it doesn’t break.

And it can bounce me out, it’s elastic.

– I do this now in a suit when
I’m waiting for my breakfast

in London and people walk by
and they just don’t understand.

I also hang in the subway on the thing

and it freaks the English people out.

– Yeah, I’m sure.

I do it Germany and I
get some weird looks.


– I see many people are very
much stuck in their own world,

in their own lack of movement.

And what we’re trying to bring
is movement to the public.

To make people join us
and to do rail outside

and let people like see what we do

to bring movement and life

and everything that we do out there,

like as many people as possible.

Not to become a couch potatoes

and like Ido would say, a Homer Simpsons.


(electronic music)

– Send it up, send it up.

Send it up, hup, hup, hup.

Hup, hup, no, hup, hup.

Hup, hup.

Hup, hup.

Hup, hup.

Hup, hup.

Hup, hup.


♫ Oh this is why

♫ We stop time

♫ Go to paradise

♫ Heaven of mine

♫ I want to show it

♫ Pack your bags

– Good, we start with
movement of the spine.

Starting with the wall.

She will stand very close to the wall,

facing the wall, actually.

And come a bit from
the sides, come closer.

She will touch the wall with the nose

and then she will touch
the wall with the chin

and then, with the chest.

And with the chest to the ribs.

With the ribs into the abdomen.

Abdomen into the pelvis.

By the time, she touch the pelvis,

the nose is the furthest back.

And now she initiates again.





abdomen, pelvis, nose again.

And she does this very,
very slowly like this.

And little by little, it
will start to form a wave.

As she come close to the wall,

but she does not touch it anymore.

And she starts to wave her spine.

Wave her spine.

We will go like this five
minutes straight, non-stop.

Everyone across the wall, let’s start.

(hypnotic music)

This is about fine motor
control, terminology.

Movement terminology.

The control of the body.

The articulation.

The separation for the sake
of integration later on.

For the sake of improvisation later on.

Good, if I was a yoga
teacher, I would say one wave

and hold the world, or
something like this.

But it was one wave, it’s the same wave.

And you can use it in multitude of ways.

To go in and out and you don’t
have mastery of that wave

unless you can actually use
it in a variety of ways.

It’s Archaeological wave, yeah.

Where do we come from?

From where?

Yeah from there.

The life start there.

So evolutionary.

Our spine is coming from there.

We still have that fluidity.

We have it, it’s a reason.

You have it, that’s it.

It’s like people don’t respect

the fact that they receive something.

Now the leg, I use it.

I have a spine, I use it.

Most people don’t respect that.

So, when do they respect it?

They hit the wall.

You fuck up your spine by
sitting, by not moving,

by not oscillating.

By the time it’s fucked
up, now you want it back.

Life does this to you.

Life asks you do I have
something in my eye?

You’re not gonna get it, it’s too late.

Yeah and the biggest depression
can be resolved with that.

And near-death experience.

It’s enough, it kills all the,

it’s the Prozac.

You know, a small accident.

Like a car accident.

And appreciation of your spine.

Odelia broke her back.

It’s like, okay, I want that back.

I thought I didn’t need it, now I need it.

(slow dramatic music)

(balls thudding)

Because I’m interested in the ability,

in the content, inside the container,

in the liquid, inside the cup

and not in the cup.

The tennis boxing game is the container.

What is the content?



Sense of distance.


Touch my hand.

It’s not easy

to touch that ball, to catch it, yeah.

– Ido was teaching us to deal
with unexpected situations.

The randomness of the ball

and the unpredictability of our fists

forced the brain and body to
move and react in new ways.

Ido once told me, I don’t plan, I react.

He was teaching us to embrace chaos,

to be anti-fragile,

to grow stronger with randomness.

– The problem is the
more you play this game,

the less it does the magic.

And at the same time, the
more you play the game,

the better you become at it.

These move in inverse correlation

because the more you get good at it,

the more you like to do it,

but the less it is for you.

Because now it becomes a specialised tool.

Wow, I can do this game really well

because I trained it.

Good, so it’s a beautiful game.

It’s also playful, it’s also enjoyable.

And brings us back into a little
bit, this juvenile approach

of learning through play.

Through craftsmanship.

As a child, you don’t go
into the competitive mindset

right away, you’re more
in a playful mindset.

Let’s play.

You don’t think there’s,
oh he’s better than me

when you’re two years of age.

You just play.

You’re not orienting
yourself towards success.

And when you fail,
you’re done, you’re over.

You’re not orienting
yourselves towards things

that are temporary, but
you orient yourself towards

something bigger,
craftsmanship, self-mastery,

self-discovery, evolution.

My movements are beautiful today

but maybe tomorrow my movements
are not beautiful anymore.

But I’m not basing myself in beauty.

It’s not about just moving
beautiful and looking beautiful.

Yeah and I did the eyebrows for the shoot

’cause I don’t base myself in that.

Because that is going to get over,

your tits are gonna get down here.

The ball sac is decreasing
one millimetre every year

of a male’s life.

Yeah, when I walk with it,
on the floor in a few years,

dragging it behind.

So we are declining, we are destroyed.

The body cracks, we get injured, we age.

We age now!

Not tomorrow.

We age!

We are born into the grave.

So let’s base ourselves in something else.

Let’s do the play.

Let’s discover.

(upbeat music)

– Even if it’s a dead-end
street, these games,

it’s already a beautiful
way to pass an afternoon,

and it’s

to make sure you are feeding yourself,

not food but movement,

tasks that are essential for us.

And that’s not respected.

The adults look at it
like, eh he’s just playing.

He’s just being a kid.

Yeah, he’s being human,
more human than you.

Hormonal dance, we are just playing that.

We must play.

It’s our way of being,
it’s our way of developing,

surviving everything.

Animals play and they perceive mankind.

So play is bigger than humanity.

It’s not like you become
old, you stop playing.

You grew old because you stopped playing.


(gentle piano music)

– I think that the really disabled people

are the people that don’t move.

And it’s like if you see
around, usually in big towns

and everywhere in the world,
Europe, in the States,

in Israel, everywhere, you
see most of the people,

they don’t move.

They walk.

They sit in their car.

They eat stuff.

Awful stuffs usually.

They look at TV.

I mean, they’re very

stiff and they don’t move, they don’t try

to challenge their body.

And so they don’t try to
challenge their mind, either.

It’s all together, you know.

(soft dreamy music)

I was injured by a train
accident in France.

It was 32 years ago.

I met a lot of people at the hospital

that couldn’t do what I can do.

I find myself in front of people that

have so big problems, you know.

And I felt like, okay, I
don’t have any problem.

Okay, I’m sitting in a wheelchair
because I have no legs.

It’s easier for me, but
I can be on the floor.

I can climb, I can do everything.

I’m like a monkey, you know.

And then I had a feeling
that I have to move

for those who can’t move.

The guy who can’t move his arm,
I am moving for him, my arm

because I think it’s like a,
I have a so great privilege,

I have to use it.

I have to use it.

And I don’t think everybody
has to deal with sport

at a high level.

I think everybody has to move,

meaning you have a lift
and you have stairs.

Take the stairs.

You have, I don’t know what,

you have a car and a bike, take the bike.

Not the electric bike, you know,

the normal bike, the tiring one.

You can run, you can jump, you can dance.

Just do it.

(soft dreamy music)

– Okay, I’ve given this body.

That’s enough reason for me
to respect it tremendously.

I’m not gonna degrade this body.

I’m not gonna destroy this body.

But because I was given this,

it’s enough reason for me

to go full on with it.

To learn about it, to operate it.

And to work with it and to explore it

and to understand it.

But it’s hard work to remind yourself that

and to continue to explore that.

If I take your leg, you immediately know,

I need my leg back.

The body is us

and we kind of know it.

But we also fall into all
this Descartesian traps,

living up here.

And by the time, we are
realising it, it’s too late.

We lived in a sub-optimal way.

And maybe that doesn’t
matter, like I said.

Maybe ultimately, again,
the same end results.

The same end results but
somehow, again, like you said,

it makes sense right now to go
full on with what I received.

I have this breath, so
I use it to communicate

with the most passion, the idea to you.

Not just, wasting it away.

I have this leg.

Okay, what can I do with this leg?

I have this spine, what can I do with it?

I have this brain, what can I do with it?

It’s a good reason to go for it.

And it fulfils you back
because of that, I think.

It gives you so much because it’s a hint,

it’s the right thing.

– Purely because you can.

’cause it’s enough of a reason.

– Yeah.

It’s there, respect that.

Why do you think it’s there?

(soft music)

(truck engine rattles)

(bird chirping)

(soft piano music)


(upbeat music)

– Who is this gentleman over here

who seems to be enjoying himself?


– That’s inspired by Ben-Gurion,

the very legendary Prime
Minister of Israel who,

the story tells, it was a
student of a Moshe Feldenkrais

who created the Feldenkrais method.

There is a very famous photo
of him practising headstands.

I think there was a lot
of movement happening here

back when I was an itch in
my daddy’s pants, not even.


– Why movers like that in Israel?

Is it the climate?

Was it the new ideas, new
ways of thinking, new people?

– Major part of it is
surviving the horrors of Europe

80 years ago.

And a major part of it is the climate,

that is supportive of more movement.

Definitely colder
countries, less movement.

Constant threats, terror, wars.

And then also people’s bodies

which come from different
climates and arrived here

with a certain gene pool
and they have problems.

Health issues and joints
and pains and aches.

And all this is contributing something,

so it’s a country of immigrants.

It’s a crucible of cultures.

– On my flight over here,
they gave me a pillow

and they gave me a blanket.

And it was just about
the right temperature.

I had water, a little bit of food.

I was extremely comfortable.

I’m curious what you think about
killing people with comfort

and are we, are we a little bit
too protected now as humans?

– It’s a common issue,
it’s a common problem.

We’ve taken the road of
satisfaction, protection,


pleasure, comfort to a ridiculous level.

We are oversensitive and
over-alarmed by certain things.

And that fear creates its own problem

and pains and issues around it.

Sometimes more than the actual condition.

Fear is an extremely
powerful thing in our lives.

It’s one of the most primal, basic inputs

that we use, but it took over our lives

because we come from an environment

with many dangers and risks.

And it was a very potent, protective tool

but now it became a hindrance.

I think happiness is
not a good orientation,

but fearlessness is a
much more powerful thing.

You will never be fearless,
but your reorientation

might be good for us nowadays.

Less fear

and more

yeah more awareness of

how do I perceive things.


We are creating this environment

by how we see it and the
narrative that we make of it.

And the narrative is the story.

The story that you tell yourself.

The Brian, Brian is a story.

If you take it down
into the most tiny bits,

Brian doesn’t exist.

It’s a collection of stories.

Hence, what really happened to you

is not as powerful is
what you tell yourself

happened to you.

Now old-school psychotherapy, Freudian

was dealing a lot with
that was what really,

what happened there?

Let’s dig into it.

It’s not this powerful as the stories

that you tell yourself.

– We are the sum of the
stories we tell ourselves.

What story had I been telling myself?

For 40 years, I had
pursued money and success,

my twisted version of the American dream.

It brought me emptiness.

So I created a new story, London Real.

It was scary but worth it.

Now I am the student.

Always learning, always beginning.

I was starting to see Ido

as much more than a teacher of Movement.

Instead, he was using
his tools to connect us

to what we really are.

Our pure essence.

Our original nature.

Helping us to understand ourselves

in order to understand everything else.

To abandon what we’re good at
and embrace what we sucked at.

Shoshin, what the Japanese
call the beginner’s mind.

– Doing this, it was
considered the weirdo.

Now, it’s a whole culture doing it.

And I’m so happy to see
here, people coming in

playing with a ball,
you know, on the wall.

It’s like why, because now it’s,

it’s a fashionable way of training,

of being, of moving.

You’ve done the same.

It was London Real.

All of a sudden, it’s like,

yeah, to record some conversations

and publish them by yourself, it’s cool.

It’s opportunity.

So we took the system to break the system.

And of using what’s there.

– Yeah, give people what they really want

which was told to them

that they shouldn’t be doing these things

which is play and real conversations.

– I’m not a serious trainer.

You’re not a serious journalist.

Journalists would make fun of me.

And trainers

and PhD physiology experts make fun of me.

But it’s too powerful, you
can’t ignore it anymore.

And it’s so

yeah they have to respect it eventually.

(upbeat music)

Then you would to catch the stick

as close as possible to the floor

using your legs to lunge,
to move, to place you.

We’re gonna two minutes one
arm, two minutes the other arm.

By that time, you should warm
up your legs really well.

(sticks clattering)

I can use squatting.

And I can use lunging of all kinds.

And I warm up my legs in a real way.

It’s not like you’re preparing this way.

(breathes deeply)

And then you go to a judo match

and you’re in a perfect.

Life looks


Pause a tennis game on YouTube.

What do you see?

So, this is a much more
real way to prepare the legs

because if you do prepare the legs in this

perfect positions, you
can’t move for shit.

These are the worst movers on the planet!

Fitness people.

They are the people who
invest the most amount of time

into their physical practise
and move the poorest.

Of course, the couch potatoes are worse.

But for the amount of
time invested in movement,

they are the worst.

(light upbeat music)

Very important, nowadays,
is to empty the arms.

The arms are too full,
your arms are locked.

People are moving around.

The same thing with the
spine, their calcified arms

and then they go to the
gym to try to get this.

And we need to empty the arms.

Add a little bit of movement
just to remind yourself.

Notice how I bend my knees
to catch the motion of it

and I feel a rush of blood in my hand.

Rush of blood.

Rush of blood.

Rush of blood.

When I do the drills with Conor, he says,

I feel like an orangutan.

He finishes.

I’m ready, I feel like an orangutan.

And that’s where he told all
this stuff originated from.

Yeah, the Vinnie McMahon walk

was more cocky, but he
added these ape arms,

so getting a little bit longer.

I hope you feel that.

Now, you’re already too long.


Yeah, you as well.

Yeah boi.

Remember what I said?

These are transmission cords,
but what am I doing now?

I’m trying to make this the
engine, not the transmission.

Strong arms mean shit

because the power is not here.

I’ll show you the real power now.

Yeah, capture it.

Observe, this is the real
power, how you unclog the holes.

(imitates sipping air)

This is nothing.

This is not here, it’s not here.

It’s here.

Look, turn around.

Look at this, this is the sign of power.

Look at how the low back,

look at the thickness of the low back.

It’s a lot more in the extremity,

the end of the chain and
the end of the chain.

It’s here (slapping).

That’s why we’re obsessed with this.

Yeah, vroom.

This is that engine.

It’s that, that makes the power,

but we became focused on

(light upbeat music)

– And I’ve always been
fascinated by Movement and

bringing Ido in this week was phenomenal.

It re-centered the mind,
it changed the training.

It was Movement-based,
there was no contact.

To be able to go into the same positions

and balance on one hand or in

in unusual positions,
to be able to do that,

you don’t just have
control over your body,

you control over your mind.

So it’s always been
something’s that fascinated me.

(triumphant orchestral music)

– [Brian] What do most people do

when they’re the very best
in the world at something?

They keep doing it.

And why wouldn’t they?

It brings them fame, money and success.

But what if success is
the wrong orientation?

What if being fearless
is a better approach?

(rock music)

Or it seems as if Conor
McGregor is about to find out.

Considered the very best
mixed-martial artist in the world,

he has decided to enter a
completely new arena, boxing.

Where his kicks,

his elbows, his chokes,

his 20 years of martial arts training

cannot be used.

A sport where he has zero
professional experience.

This takes the beginner’s
mind to the next level.

But there’s more.

His opponent is a man considered

to be one of the greatest
boxers of all time,

Floyd Mayweather.

With a flawless 49-0 record.

So how can Conor win?

He must use something unorthodox,

use something unexpected,

use something counterintuitive.

Use Ido Portal.

– Now there are more rules

which means if you could introduce some

new movement principles

that Floyd’s never seen,
it could really be that

master key or mega principle
you’re talking about.

– We meet two different animals,

kind of like an octopus and a lion.

There are a few ways to
approach it for Conor.

And I’m not sure where it’s gonna go.

One of the ways is to box with the boxer.

And that’s of course, is a
very difficult thing to do.

Another thing is not
to box with the boxer.

It’s to find loopholes inside,

possibility scenarios
which are still allowed

within the boxing realm

and above that, as well,

just confidence and
fighting spirit and heart

is a huge factor here as well.

Of course,

both possess that.

– [Brian] You might say it’s impossible,

but that’s the point.

Go to where the fear is.

And all of the world will be watching.

Because deep down inside,
every single one of us knows

this is what life is truly about.

It’s the essence of being human.

(rock music)

Conor has already won.

What was the biggest thing
you learned about yourself?

With all of that focus and criticism and

’cause you’re you know, you’re
on a different level now

in working with people like Conor.

– Yeah, I learned that I’m not about,

I’m not about being loved by everyone

which I once I believed,
like I’m a good force.

I want to do good.

I’m a hard worker.

I built myself really,
with that those skill sets.

I worked so hard at it.

So like, why shouldn’t it be
accepted well by everyone?

And I learned that, no
that’s not what I’m about.

– The bigger the star that you work with,

the bigger the tale that
is told about you, right?

– Yeah.


– As you said to me, if you
can’t stand the heat, stay out

of the kitchen, right?
– Yeah.

– Yup, yeah.

– Yeah, I said it to
myself, at a certain point

because I realise like, oh
shit, what did I get into.

And then I reminded myself
like, okay do you wanna do it

or don’t you want to do it?

Can you stand the heat or not?

Take the criticisms.

Work with hatred, with
the haters, you know like,

that’s the next level.

Okay, what it does to the ego.

How you operate with that.

You should really not
take criticism from a,

from general public, from con mans,

from talk-backs, from
critics that never met you,

don’t know nothing about you.

They’re not providing criticism from a

an expert point of view.

Their egos are screaming
their own jealousy,

their own insecurities, or
their just lack of understanding

in the subject matter.

But if you never met
me, you never did any,

you never took a class with
me, how you wanna criticise

what I’m doing?

Why do you wanna talk about Movement?

It took me 20 plus years
to begin to understand

that I don’t understand.

So what are you, what do you understand?

You didn’t spend a moment
trying to understand.

Did you watch some clips?

You watched an interview, what did you do?

You saw a handstand or a crawl

and then a moment after,
a play with the ball?

And a dance routine?

And then a fight exercise and a game?

What do you know about it?

You don’t know nothing about it.

You cannot do it as well.

So all these hints,
don’t take the criticism.

But don’t avoid criticism all together.

Have the people in your life,
providing you that feedback

for growth, for self-development.

– So if you aren’t doing it
for some kind of love then,

so what did you conclude
you’re doing it for then?

– I’m doing it for my own self-discovery,

it’s being interested.

It’s discovering, it’s growing and

it’s passing time in that way

because all we can do is just pass time.

That’s all we’re doing, right?

Like, people ask me, why are you doing it?

It’s a way to pass time.

It’s a good answer, I once heard it from

a martial arts teacher.

(electronic music)

(waves splashing)

– I’m always trying to
figure out what it is

that you do (chuckles) what
it is you’re all about.

The best example was yesterday,

I went through Israeli immigration.

And they’re like, why are you here?

I’m here to see Ido Portal,
one of your national treasures


– Oh no.

– And I said, what is he?

I said, he’s the movement
(imitating slow motion speech).


He’s not a specialist, not an expert.

If I called him a guru, he
would be looking for me.

And yet, when I pulled my phone out

and showed him literally 15 seconds

of you on YouTube, moving, they got it.

Not only did they get
it, they were excited.

And they wanted to know more about it

and then they were pulling the
other Immigration officers in

to look at your video.

Why does this happen?

– It’s a

like all paradigm shifts
in a way, I think,

it’s so simple.

It’s so, you know there
is the side of people

who said, it was always there.

Of course, it was always there.

We’re living in a body.

Of course people were always moving.

Movement was always there.

I don’t have any new insights.

There is nothing new under the sun.

It’s just

I spin the perspective.

I turn them to look at
it from a different,

a different perspective.

And then, it just happens.

Bruce Lee said it very well

and he repackaged the philosophy

that was known from before.

Absorb what is useful.

Disregard what is useless and
add what is uniquely yours.

– And tell me about the
subsequent development

of Movement Culture as we know,

Ido Portal’s Movement Culture.

– Yeah, it’s just

you can’t do it alone.


You have to move inside the culture.

You need a culture to move in

which is you are starting to,

you will start to feel it

if you don’t feel it already, very soon.

Just because you’re already now practising

in a more open way, but
you kind of have to find

locations and friends to
play with and teachers.

But then, imagine you
have a culture to move in.

Imagine you have a community
and you meet regularly.

And it supports that
and you do it together.

We are social beings.

And movement, it cannot be separated

from the structure that occupies it

and the cultural context around it.

So for me, that was obvious.

We need a tribe.

(light music)

Oh the pressures.

Oh the cameras or the friends.

Oh the egos.

Oh the reputations.

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

Oh what’s next?

Oh I’m pressurised.

Oh I’ve never done this in
front of blah, blah, blah.

Oh the sun.

Oh the floor.

The cracks in the floor.

Oh the repetition.

Oh I forgot what I want to do.

Excellent, thank you.

She just does it, she can do it.

You ask yourself, can you do it?

Or what are you teaching?

What are you doing?

You can do a perfect handstand.

It’s time to walk with a
handstand, you can do it.

It’s easier.

But it shows you how addicted you are

through the form of practise.

(light upbeat music)

– Look at my best trick,
I’m going to do it now.

This is my best trick, are you ready?

Where’s the camera?

Are you ready?

It’s my best trick.

And now, I’m

when do you do that?

When, now?

There is a crowd.

Wait, they’re not looking.

It’s never comes, there
is not this moment.

It’s a delusion.

You never have your best performance

in the right moment, so guess what?

Start to perform every
moment of your life.

This is it.

That’s the performance now.

Now we’re moving, but what happens?

This doesn’t seem like the real thing.

When is it?

Is it tomorrow?

When or what are you waiting for?

Because you give 70%,
hence I think for myself.


It’s not his true capacity,
his potential is unfulfilled.

Tomorrow it will happen.

No the next, next year.

Next year I will be really good.

These are the people who
never reach the mark.

They’re never good because they
didn’t take the opportunity

to be good inside the toilet taking a crap

in those moments.

Every moment, now perform.

Do it with the maximal seriousness.

I drop a ball and I try
to catch it, I’m there.

I’m not disrespecting the situation

because that’s it.

That’s the performance.

You don’t have to wait
until you’re 70, 80, 90

to realise, oh shit,
yeah I missed the mark.

It was all performative moments.

And it was a life not well lived.

I didn’t go.

I didn’t go with it.

I didn’t use what I could.

Anyways, now it doesn’t matter.

You know this moment, nah
and now it doesn’t matter.

I don’t wanna say this.

I don’t wanna fall into this trap.

So I give you a stage.

Whether the camera is here, Brian is here,

(speaks foreign language) how do you say?

(man speaks off mic)


– The fear of God in you.


We say in Hebrew, do it
with the fear of God.

So like, the stick falls,

not because the camera is there,

’cause every day it’s
the same fucking thing.

I don’t wanna drop the fucking stick.

You wanna touch my shoulder,
I wanna touch your shoulder.

I don’t want you to touch my shoulder.

So if I fight it, I stop it, I go with it.

I go with the emotional content.

I go with the breath.

I go with the vocalisation.

You hear it, ha, pow, pow, pow!

Pow, pow, pow!

Pow, pow, pow, pow!

There is no camera but I’m
there with full intent.

And then someone else is playing.

(goofy laughing)


You’ve mistaken the playful approach

for a shitty approach.

It’s a shitty, playful approach.

You can have a serious, playful approach.

You can have a shitty, playful approach.

But being playful doesn’t
mean you don’t do it full on

serious ’til you bleed.

(mesmerising music)

(soft music)

– I’ve been thinking about,
you know the last few days here

and, you know I travel
all the way to Israel

to learn about movement
and learn about my body,

but it feels like I’ve
gotten a lesson in people.

I was spending time with
you and your community

and they really welcomed
me in like I was family.

And it’s been blatantly obvious to me.

I walked into your Movement
centre and the energy in there

and the energy in there,
there’s something about it.

And there was a guy two metres tall,

two meter-wide wingspan, one
of the most incredible athletes

I’ve ever seen before,

next to a 50 year old woman with no legs,

next to a nine-year old girl,

next to a veteran

who has probably got shrapnel scars

from jumping on a terrorist attacker.

But yet, there’s this kind
of energy and love in there

that it’s hard to explain.

I was wondering if you
could explain to me,

is this the Movement Culture
you’re talking about?

– I think it’s related to
many different players.

Part of it is the Movement
practise, part of it is the

the teachers who are
teaching in that centre

and the energy that they
attract this community.

This is something that will
really last through our lives

because the rest of it

is more temporary, you know
our bodies get destroyed.

We are social creatures.

It’s not happening alone on some mountain.

You’re not gonna become the
person that you want to be,

you’re not going to make it.

You’re not going to
develop the skill sets.

You’re not gonna develop
your self, you need people.

(gentle lilting music)

– Ido is a genius.

He’s a crazy person.

He’s an artist.

He’s a thinker.

He’s a philosopher.

He’s a good friend.

He’s the best teacher I know.

He’s a practitioner.

He’s now talented in many things.

He’s a hard worker.

And I think this combination

is something very rare and special.

I always tell him, like I
never met someone like you.

You’re just some weird
like entity (chuckles)

just a special combination of things.

(gentle upbeat music)

– [Brian] For a nomad, Ido
has built a very big family.

Full of people who have
connected with themselves

and with each other.

I wonder how the world would
look if everyone did this.

Sounds like a place I wanna be.

(light upbeat music)

I’ve lived in London for over 17 years.

But something feels
different on my return.

I see things in a new way.

I see challenges.

I see purpose.

I see humanity.

I see myself.

You can call me crazy, but I
know how we can save the world.

We start by saving our own bodies.

Movement makes us human.

It connects us to our higher self.

Movement is life.

You might say, this is not for me.

But you have a body, right?

You know what to do.

(dramatic upbeat music)


Ido Portal links:
Ido Portal Movement Culture
Ido Portal on Instagram
Ido Portal on YouTube
Ido Portal on Facebook

Topics discussed:

People mentioned in this episode:
Moshé Feldenkrais
Conor McGregor
Bruce Lee

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DAMN!!!! this was really really good!!! thank you for making it. z


Just wanted to thank Brian and London Real for creating this wonderful piece of inspiration.
I’ve been following Ido’s work for almost 10 years, yet not practicing his teachings as I should be. I’m now a different person from what I was before watching this. Something in my mind switched.
Thank you Brian and thank you Ido from the bottom of my heart 🙂


I just love what you Brian and your Team at London Real are doing. Every video blow my minds and get me thinking and I am realising I know so little and we have to move!!


I love your channel and the content you are providing but FYI the name of the country Palestine he told you the truth he and all his tribe are all immigrants where is his father borned and his grandfather can you ask him please and tell can you move to your country they need there


Flippin awesome! Wonder if I can change from a potato alcoholic to something better


hi since I know your website and enjoy it I consider myself very lucky and I like to say thanks. I also try to see in which way I can be useful for the concept I like to study all or as much as possible of your videos and I like to ask if is a possible way to download your videos.sure will be fine if I have to pay some amount. My goal is to download so I can also watch them whenever I do not have access to the Internet either for technical or economic reasons(my Internet subscription… Read more »


Brian, I came across your content while listening to The Ikonns Podcast and I feel it was a real blessing! Thank you so much for showing a different and positive side to this journey we call LIFE. Your work is just a life saver! Keep Going and never stop. For me, it is definitely became a daily task to listen to your fascinating conversations with those such interesting personas, and of course implementing in my life the advices they give! Once again – THANK YOU BRIAN! – Alisa from Israel!


I started watching with an open mind, although without knowing anything about Ido (hence had no preconceptions or any idea about the topics that would be covered). I was immediately transfixed!
I’m now running late for work, but am also quite profoundly moved by both Ido’s beliefs and also by Brian’s journey/experience. Ido is certainly passionate and inspiring.
I’m going to sit here and reflect/absorb for a short while longer. Will then probably have to re-watch in a day or 2 to re-visit the wealth of insight. Work be damned!


Very inspiring and informative documentary! Ido is truly an amazing human. I love your work Brian, lets keep this moving!


I love this documentary. It is clear that the Ido Portal Method has lost some popularity now especially after Conor Mcgregor’s defeat against Khabib (not that it has to do with Ido Portal but Conor was an important vessel for the popularity of this sport of movement), proving somehow to my discontentment, that the old traditional dogmatic, systematic, rough way of training i.e. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s way of training still has something to say against the innovative and the revolutionary. It can be confusing on which “way to follow” but just by looking at human movement itself, without the media, without… Read more »


Simple, amazing, life-changing. Loved every minute of it…

I’m fascinated by the work of Ido. I didn’t know about him. The documentary is fantastic, Brian.
Gold. Thank you.


This documentary hit me with the healthy joyfull force of Ido and his tribe accelerated by Brian and his tribe. I feel fired up. Thanks loads! Message received. Couldnt have hit me at a better moment: NOW.


Amazing, literally. Thank you so much for bringing Ido to my life.

Ariel Spivakovsky


Just watched it again for some inspiration.
Amazing movie.


These movies have changed my life

Florencia Renedo

Thank you for sharing these beautiful humans (including you) with us, Brian! So inspiring!!!


I have a technical question: I want to download episodes to watch it later when I’m off-grid again.
Is there a way? I’m also ready for some trickery if there’s no easy way to do that 🙂

Any tipps are much appreciated.


Massive like!!!! thoughts I had about exercise and questions make 1000% sense now!!
Thank you for that