Kasper Winther

Who are you?

I am a father, son, brother, friend, worker and self-employed. I am eclectic and curios by nature. Daily I teach at a folk school, as well as movement where I do personal training and courses to public schools, arrange workshops and so on. I am one of the founders and volunteers in our movement group Wolfpack Group. I enjoy to talk, to write, to play and to do. I like new adventures, even though they can make me nervous in the beginning.

My dream and vision is to create something that makes sense for myself, but also something of value for the society and other human beings. Until now I think that the most valuable thing I have created for both myself and other people, is my daughter. Even though it is mostly thanks to her mother that our daughter could enter this world, I can say I find it as my most proud achievement as a co-creator. I have been a part of the creation and founding of our movement group Wolfpack. But, to be honest this group would have been nothing without the people that join us. They are the ones that keep creating and forming our group and our training through their engagement. Most of my ideas have been either improved or discarded by the group, so we eventually end up with something that is not me but something we have created in fellowhip.

I’m often wondering how one is able to create something for others. I think creation is essential as well as important but also so difficult. Often we stand as a parent, teacher, trainer or creator. We stand on the sideline of the key roles, and even in the light of that, we try to realize ourselves through the child, student, athlete or society. As Jozef Frucek from Fighting Monkey says: ”We try to fulfill our broken dreams through the students.” This is so true and a problematic fact in my opinion. It is egoistic and it is a sin I have definitely made, first out of the fact that I did not know, and after that out of ignorance. When we try and create something for others, we are often confusing our self with them and in fact we are actually creating something for ourselves.

How is your movement background?

My background is in conventional sports. This identity was given to me from the beginning of my time, and I engaged in this with my whole heart. I was in this sports world, very masculine. It felt very good and I perceived myself as strong and doable. Later in my youth I encountered difficulties as everyone else, and I reacted by engaging in a bad combination of depression, bad influence and suspecious substances. This made me fall into despair. I had always seen purpose in what I did and in my surroudings before that. But the clear meaningless perspective that follows with depression broke down this sense of purpose for me.

I think it is easy in a global world to conclude that nothing really matters, and I found a physical expression that compensated the feeling of powerlessness; anger. The discipline was muay thai and kick boxing – another big part of my background – but it could have been something else. This served me well for almost ten years but it was never for me.

What kind of training do you do know?

At some point I stumbled across Ido Portal and there I saw a different approach to human development than the approach that sports provide. I started to study educational sciense, pedagogic, at the university of Copenhagen. The ideas about a general development of the human that Ido advocated from a physical starting point, seemed like something that could be more purposeful in the broad pedagogical context. So I started to practice for myself, and I became happy with it and in the end I decided to quit sports completely. The activity is popularly framed as Movement, but I like the way Joseph Bartz uses a more precise definition and calls it a “holistic approach to physical activity.”

And why is this a better way to train for you?

Our societal and cultural activities are related to us as individuals. So I think this activity resonated with the modern and open part of myself. We created Wolfpack Group to connect with likeminded people. People who want to explore more qualities within themselves than the qualities they explore for instance as a center defense on a soccerfield, slipping a punch and follow up with a good right hand in a boxing ring, or to endure pain over long time, to look good or to be flexible and so on. Instead we try to connect to our whole self, to be more consciousness of ourselves, to attain more possibilities of being and to explore our human being in itself, as well as other humans and the physical environment.

What do you add to Wolfpack Group?

I try to add critical thought, innovation and creativity. We just outlined the Wolfpack Web as a frame to work within and to maintain a red thread to what we do. Other fellow members contribute with for instance therapeutical, anatomical and neurological aspects, as well as different methods related to the different movement materials. We all contribute with different experiences, disciplines and worldviews that enrich and develop what we do. It all matters. Together in the group we develop in a very constructive way, and we do this slowly. And all out of a sudden we are doing things that we never thought we would be able to do. Last year I for instance performed a solo dance performance in front of an audience. Improvised with my friend who plays the piano. Her music was wonderful, as well was the experience for me. Others suddenly go into the wild for a week, run a marathon in the woods, swim in the cold sea and we all just simply experience sides or qualities within ourselves that we did not thought we contained.

People who are not part of our community have added a lot to us as well, I already mentioned Ido Portal, Joseph Bartz and Jozef Frucek, but also Linda Kapatanea, Annika Dör, Tom Wecksler, Jon Yuen, Frank Forencich, Wim Hof and Katy Bowman have provided us with great knowledge and inspiration.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I still learn a lot from my parents. My mother trains with us, and she is doing amazing things with herself and her surroundings. I think the secret lays in the approach and way of being. This inspires my training and also my life. Then I learn a lot from my daughter; her development is amazing to observe. I see in her what I have forgotten in myself. I relearn. The encounter with elderly people is also a great feedback from the society we are living in, and our cultural ways of being. Every grown up person is somehow amazing, the road is a long, playful struggle in our environment. We tend to forget that sometimes. Other primal influencers are Richard Sennett, Maurice Merlau-Ponty and Michel Foucault.

Why should someone choose to train with Wolfpack Group?

We meet to train several times each week throughout the whole year. Due to the frequency we have managed to build up good connections within the group, and new members are very welcome in this community. We also go out of our bubble; into the wild to test ourselves, and our abilities in a new environment. I think it is also great to be superficial in the training and explore new things and people on the surface, but that we also connect on a deeper level with our selves and each other is great and important as well. To train in a continuously group makes this possible and I find that very valuable. Other than that, the training is in itself very beneficial, fun and possible to do.

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