The trip to Belgium 2012

Disclaimer:

This text is about the 2012 September trip of three natural method athletes from Munich, Germany, to Belgium. Why Belgium? Because nowhere else in the world there are so many followers of Georges Hébert left as there. We can recommend such a trip to everyone who is interested in méthode naturelle. One can read book of Hébert or watch modern videos, but one can never feel the spirit, experience intensity and alternation of the excercises as one does in the live sessions.

That is why this story is only a guideline for anyone who is going to make the same trip. We made as many pictures as possible for you, especially of the obstacles. Our running sessions, plateau-trainings, many group and partner excercises, as well as throwing, self-defence are all missing. Moreover, the training sessions in Liège and Asse was planned in such a way that we absolutely had no time to take any pictures and could only make a group foto and fotos of the location afterwards.

So please keep all that in mind before you start with natural method.
The best way to begin is to take part in one already existing training session!


Foreword

We, Nadja Hahn and Johannes Mikulasch, have been practicing parkour since 8 and 4 years. In September 2011 we went to Belgium to visit the Fédération Belge d'Hébertisme, or FHB, that is a quite big sport federation of natural method, owning several Hébertisme-centres in and around Brüssel. We took part in two trainings, one was the cross-running with orientation and the other one the senior group training in Jamioulx. The president of FBH Christian Beugnier also showed us around, like the Hébert-centre in Thuin.
We actually only intended to learn the origins of parkour. But we liked the trainings so much, and were so impressed about how fit the people were, that after coming back to Munich Nadja started her own méthode naturelle training.

Now, one year later, together with another munich athlet David Tran, we were going to take part in more trainings in different centres of FBH and also to visit the sport club of Roska Asse, where the natural method is offered as separate class.

We started on

Monday, the 3rd of September : Munich - Heilbronn
Right after work at 5 p.m. we are heading to Belgium. When driving through, we would have had 10 hours in the car, so we diceded to split the trip and stop for the night in Heilbronn at Felix' place. Felix is a traceur who lived for one year in Munich and we had much fun training together. So the trip starts just right by chilling out with Felix!

Tuesday, the 4th: Brussels, Training with Roska in Asse
After the breakfast we drive further to Belgium and in the afternoon we arrive at our first hostel in Brussels, "Generation Europe", that is only 15 minutes far away from the city centre. The hostels in Belgium, or "Auberge de jeunesse", are all very nice with plenty of space. In the evening we take part at the regular training session with Roska in Asse where the natural method training is offered as a class in a bigger sport club.

Asse is about half on hour by car from Brussels. We are 12 all together. First fast walking, running, than plateau-training, ball games and other exercises, and at the end a challenging obstacle course. The session lasts only one hour, but it is really intensive and we are exhausted at the end!
But we still can make a short walking tour though the night Brussels to see the Manneken Pis and get some frits.

Wednesday, the 5th: Liège, Training with FBH

After sleeping long, we drive to Liège, and check in our second beatiful Hostel "Georges Simenon". In the evening we take part at the regular training session of FBH Liège at Quai de Wallonie. Over 20 people come, and two groups are build, each of them has own moniteur, or coach. The session lasts one hour and consists of running, plateau-training, obstacle course, different exercises and games.

Here in Liège, the obstacle are not build extra for the training, but the urban surroundings are used as you can see from pictures. We already learned so much during these two days! We spend the evening at our cool hostel bar enjoying the belgian beer.

Thursday, the 6th
: Training in Waterloo with FBH, the battle field of Waterloo + the North Sea

It is the first week after the school summer holiday and the regular lady lessons in Waterloo haven't started yet. But Waterloo coach Bernard Catala generously offeres us a private training. He explaines us single techniques, gives hints for plateau training and runs with us the new Waterloo obstacle course.
After a side trip to the battle field of Waterloo where Napoleon was defeated, we drive to Oostende and enjoy the refreshing North sea and its nice sand beaches.


Friday, the 7th: Marche-en-Famenne with FBH + swimming session

Today we again have a personal training, with Jean Delandtsherr, who takes a day off for us. In Marche-en-Famenne Jean shows us the obstacles, the woods, cliffs and caves. He gives us many information on the training in general and on the single techniques. During the lunch we talk much about the theory of the natural method and gift each other books of Hébert. Afterwards we have a swimming session in the local pool.

In the evening we drive to Esneux, tonight we stay at Eric's, who is a memeber of FBH, and his wife Muriel's place. Together we have a wonderful evening with barbeque, belgien beer, chilling out in the garden and interesting conversation.

Saturday, the 8th: Training in Esneux and driving back to Munich

To the training session in Esneux over twenty people arrive and two groups are build, one for the younger participants, with Aurore Compere as coach. And the other one for the older ones coached by Philipp Compere. The obstacle in Esneux are just heavenly!
After the session we are all welcome at Eric's garden to relax, talk about the Hébertisme and try the german Augustiner beer we brought as souvenir from Munich. And by the way, all people we met during our trip, could speak english or german. Just buy lots of belgian beer and chocolate and we are ready to drive back to Munich! This time in one go, arriving late in the night.

We would like to express our gratitude to all the people who made this unforgettable trip possible!

See you next year!

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