May 2019 
Photo: Vincenco Pettita

Warsaw: Jakub Gontarski and Agnieszka Rybak “Martial Partnering” – workshop

8 June 2018 - 10 June 2018 | 16:00 | Warsaw: AWF, Pawilon Taekwondo nr 43, ul. Marymoncka 34; Akademia Kung Fu Tygrys i Żuraw, ul. Długa 44/50


On 8-10 June 2018, the Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Twórczych Momentum invites to the workshop Martial Partnering with Jakub Gontarski and Agnieszka Rybak. The workshop Martial Partnering is organized as part of the The String of the Body programme. The workshop is aimed at all those with a passion for physical movement who want to discover new tools for psychophysical development.

Schedule: Friday: 4 – 7pm (AWF, ul. Marymoncka 34); Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 1pm and 3.30 – 6.30 pm (Tiger and Crane Sports Academy, ul. Długa 44/50)

Fee: 96 EUR or 400 PLN.

Deadline: 25 May 2018.

Application: form. If you have any questions:


Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited.


Please wear a sports outfit: long bottoms and a long-sleeved top.


During our Martial Partnering workshop, we will focus on intense physical contact and its martial character. We will engage in an in-depth process of interrelationships between body centers including the spine, pelvis, the shoulder girdle, breathing, and the senses. We will search for the natural principles that underpin our motor skills, kinetics, statics, dynamics, and balance in states of non-equilibrium, while also expanding the frequency of our alertness, mindfulness and presence. It will be a conscious confrontation with one another, the group, our limitations, decision-making ability, responsibility, sense of security, and mind and body patterns. By engaging in work that involves our own body weight, we will strengthen the structure of our bodies. While working with one or more partners, we will use: jumping, catching, lifting, rolling, tripping, falling, hooking, pushing and pulling. Through diversified interactive games we will be provoking a corporeal dialogue in order to awaken in us instinctiveness, intelligence and cunning. Our focus will be on directing intentions, making decisions, redirecting forces (their trajectories) and on the potential of centrifugal force. The obstacles and difficulties that we encounter will help us understand the basic functions and mechanisms of the brain and reactive body, and good psychophysical condition makes it easier for us to communicate in a diverse world.

The workshop is addressed to all those with a passion for physical movement, who want to confront their movement patterns and broaden their psychophysical development regardless of their age, experience and movement discipline.

Jakub Gontarski and Aga Rybak

Jakub Gontarski graduated from the Wrocław-based 13 Stunt School. As a physical recreation instruktor he specializes in self defense ( AZF- AWF Wrocław). He is also a certified personal trainer and movement coach, having studiem under the legendary Steve Maxwell (USA). He initiated The String of the Body practice programme and Martial Partnering workshop dedicated to exploring expression, presence, dramaturgy and creativity in martial arts within the path of Human – Warrior - Performer. His inspirations include motor control, body mechanics, processes of integration and adaptation. Jakub trained in martial arts – Japanese judo and Brazilian capoeira – for many years in Brazil and in many European countries. He studied under eminent movement practitioners in Poland and internationally among others: Judo( Gwardia Wrocław i AZS- AWF Wrocław):Wacław Nosek, Rafał Kubacki, Wiesław Błach, Zbigniew Zamęcki. Capoeira among others: Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Marinaldo, Mestre Fuampa, prof. Macaco, Mestre Boca Rica, Mestre Curio,Mestre Moraes. Brazylisjkie Jiu Jitsu: Nilton Fereira ("Gracie Barra do Bonfim" Salvador Bahia), Jakub Janiak(23 Evolution Fight Academy). Boxing: Bombardier Club Wrocław (Piotr Szypulski), Maciej Zegan(Zegan Boxing Club) and Gwardia Wrocław (Mariusz Cieślak and Grzegorz Strugała). Dancing: Milan Kozanek and Zuna Kozankova, Yaniv Minzter, Iwona Olszowska, David Lorenc, Sebastian Flegiel, Jacek Owczarek, Witold Jurewicz, Jozef Frucek, Dança do Afro e Contemporanea (Orixás e suas Ressignificações) with Jaguaracy Santos Mojegbe and Katia Ferreira Ramos (Salvador, Bahia). To find inspiration, Jakub travels to Brazil, where he documents his expeditions and takes active part in candomblé rituals. He has co-created many performances, including Animan – I Am That and Madhouse, and performs movement improvisations on stage to live music.Theatre workshops the Grotowski Institute (Teatr Zar). He collaborates with the Grotowski Institute as part of the BodyConstitution research programme. Jakub is a co-organiser of the Cyrkulacje Festival in Wrocław and the Planet Kids project. He is the President of the Momentum Association of Creative Initiatives. He worked for the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, running workshops and creating choreographies and performances with an international group of young people. He also holds workshops with socially excluded youth in Wrocław, including as part of Thought in Motion, a project of the Institute of Music and Dance. He taught movement classes at Ente private kindergarten (European Cooperation Centre). Jakub plays Afro-Brazilian instruments, and is the author of a poetry book, Śmierć i odrodzenie (Death and Rebirth).

Agnieszka Rybak teaches, moves and performs. She is a collaborator of the BodyConstitution program in Institute, and the co - organizer of The String of the Body program. She has experience in the martial art of Capoeira, which she practised, among other places, in Brazil in 2008. She holds a scholarship of the Alternative Dance Academy in Poznań. She graduated from the Academy of New Dance and Improvisation and completed a number of instructor courses in the fields of therapy, dance and movement. She practises and hones her skills in Poland and abroad. She is a practitioner and teacher of the Hawaiian bodywork method Kino Mana and a practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage Sacred Dance of the Sunshine House School in Chiang Mai and of the Life Impression Bodywork method. She is a member of ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange) as well as the co-creator of Wrocław’s contact improvisation milieu and of the Cyrkulacje festival ( and Planet Kids.

Participation in the workshop should be confirmed by email: along with the confirmation of a full payment of the workshop fee by 25th of May. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The number of participants is limited.

Bank transfer data:
Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Twórczych „Momentum”
ul.Małachowskiego 4/2
50-084 Wrocław
account no.:
Bank Millenium
PL04 1160 2202 0000 0001 9478 5753







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