Tribe Of Movers – Interview With Thomas
"He traveled around the world."
For magazine ZOZ – Zie Oud Zuid, Tatum Dagelet interviews interesting residents in Zuid. The full interview is in Dutch, here is a short version in English:
Having tea with world traveler, Thomas Tukker.
“At a young age Thomas left his parents’ house and at 23 he started traveling around the world. Working in different countries as a diving instructor and photographer, but he eventually returned to Amsterdam.
He studied yoga and meditation, which led him to the discovery of Movement: a movement methodology conceived by pioneer Ido Portal. Three years ago, Thomas Tukker created Crazy Monkey: the first Movement studio in Europe, located in the Beethovenstraat.”
"I didn't realise how important it would be in my life."
You have created a unique studio, what brought you to the idea?
“10 years ago I started with a daily yoga and meditation practice. I had different yoga teacher trainings, but I could never really find the answers I was looking for. The limitations within the yoga practice opened my eyes: Leading to the discovery of the Movement Culture by Ido Portal.
I was extremely impressed by the teaching method and the presented materials…exactly what I was looking for. It goes deeper than yoga and works on a completely different level, much more complete, I had never seen that anywhere else. I decided to put my teeth into it, trained six days a week two to three hours under the close guidance of Ido. At that moment I didn’t realise how important it would be in my life.
Three years ago I started Crazy Monkey: the first studio in Europe where classes are taught according to the Ido Portal Method. There are only eight schools world-wide.”
"Our dogma is 'Movement' in the broadest sense of the word."
You call it ‘Movement Culture’, what does it mean?
“Movement is closely connected to the culture that surrounds it, a lot of the moving is done together. Ido is our teacher and works closely with a small group of Mentorship students, I am one of those 27 students.
Spread over the year the Mentorship students practice with Ido for a series of intense weeks. And we share what we learn amongst our own students. I am starting in my third year as a Mentorship student.
At Crazy Monkey we view ourselves more as an educational facility, because we approach working with our body and teaching classes in a completely different way. Our dogma is ‘Movement’ in the broadest sense of the word, including the movement of ideas and thoughts, in which meditation plays a role for example. All ages and levels are mixed together. Sometimes you see a fourteen year old boy, a house mom and a olympic athlete in the same class. I think that’s something fantastic.
A few times a year we invite Ido in the Netherlands for a workshop that is accessible to everyone.”
Will you ever leave South (Area in Amsterdam)?
“Well…Crazy Monkey is moving to a bigger space in the Westerstraat.”
Ready to move?