He does not stop moving—literally. Charlie Roth, half Catalan half German, has been involved in physical activities since an early age. At the University of Girona, he studied for a sports science degree, and four years ago, began to investigate the world of movement. In Berlin, he learned from Joseph Bartz, with whom he began to focus his training on gymnastics strength training and the art of hand balancing. His preparation has led him to become a prominent ‘mover’. With his vast background, he founded The Bamboo Body with Anna and Daniel and is currently one of its teachers.
At what point did you discover the Culture of Movement?
It was about 3 or 4 years ago. I was very interested in learning more about physical activity and its development. I was looking for ways to dominate my body and gain more freedom and control of it. That's when I came across the Movement Culture. Ido Portal was popularizing this approach internationally.
It had to be a great change in your lifestyle coming from a sports science degree.
Yes, pretty great. In order to maintain my training rhythm (4-6 hours daily), it is important to have a good, balanced and nutritious diet. I also became more aware of how important it is for the body to recover properly after each workout. Without it, one can not perform to the maximum during practice.
How did you fit the Movement's method with your classic sports knowledge learned at the university?
It was a double process. On the one hand, there were subjects of my sports science degree that helped me a lot when I looked more deeply into the concept of movement. But on the other, I was also doing my own research on the method to dominate movement.
What is movement culture for you?
The important thing about Movement Culture is that it encompasses all physical disciplines of this world. There is not just one 'movement,' but a billion movements, and each one of them has its own difficulties. However, what we really look for throughout our work is movement quality. It is the fact that each person is fully aware of what they do and how they do it with each movement.
You were a Joseph Bartz’s student in Berlin; how was that experience?
Very, very good. Joseph Bartz is a person who inspired me a lot during my introduction to Movement Culture in Berlin. I also loved participating in the community he created there around movement development. He is a teacher who takes his work very seriously and he is very clear when he explains the exercises.
Does movement technique change with each teacher or is it uniform?
Both. The techniques of some movements can be very similar between teachers, but each has their own style and different ways of teaching it. But the most important thing as a pupil is to be patient and have the willingness to work very hard. Only with that can you get incredible things if you are constantly training. Over time, you will notice changes in your body and come to realize all the new possibilities you have.