• Instructor(s)

    Instructor Bio: The Lord of The Translucent Nocturnal Salamanders

    Hi, I'm Richard-Dean, owner and founder of Crawl Project, I study the human body and human movement. My process is simple; 1. prepare humans to move like humans. 2. Provide context to practice moving like a human. Step One, this is the most important step, focuses on fundamental mobility and intrinsic strengthening. By establishing healthy, functional joints and tissues throughout the body we ensure that we are prepared for the mixed movement demands on any activity. Step Two involves applying this mobility to movement patterns, often through movement games and play. There is no limit to what can be applied when the body is prepared.

    Richard-Dean Sumares

    Head coach/senior instructor

    Richard-Dean Sumares

Testimonials

Courses and Coaching

“It’s a sad reality that too often you find a course where the content is simply regurgitated from another source. Not so with Master Of The Dark Arts. Richard’s passion is clearly evident from the start, as he applies philosophy of Alchemy to deliver a unique perspective on anatomy. Participants, or Adepts as he likes to call them, can expect in-depth theory on anatomy, followed by homework assignments comprising of movements to help folks feel and experience and theory. I came into the course with a longstanding shoulder niggle, and throughout the course I’ve grown to understand my body better, and with the movements learned, my shoulder feels stronger that it has in months! Whether you have a movement practice, are a Cross-fitter, a yogi or a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and want to get a deeper, yet practical understanding of anatomy and physiology, then you stand to gain much from this course. Highly recommended!”

Mover / Human Being

Deston Le Roux

“I found it interesting and insightful how Richard-Dean focused on specific areas (i.e. joints) and functions of the body but in holistic way that emphasized the body as a dynamic integrated system (of smaller sub-systems). No one part of the body operates in isolation - everything is connected. Similarly, all movement is inherently connected. My understanding and perspective of movement, as both a concept and a practice, was thus expanded upon during Master Of The Dark Arts. Movement is so much more than the typical notion of "exercise" or physical activity whether that be gym-training, running, dance, yoga, martial arts etc. This course helped me investigate the finer details of movement - my movement practice - from an anatomical and philosophical perspective. The homework that was prescribed on a weekly basis challenged my relationship with myself; it required me to have an honest and authentic look in the mirror - to get up close and personal with the parts of myself that I, sometimes, would rather ignore. It also encouraged me to explore different ways of moving, ways that are different from my typical practice (i.e. running, gym, yoga). This course added fuel to the fire of my fascination with the human body. There is always so much to learn. I believe that the more you learn about the inner workings of your body as well as its incredible movement capacity, the better a human you will become. Here's to becoming better humans!”

Yoga Teacher

Katy Williams

“One of the best things about living in Cape Town, filming Warrior Season 1, was meeting and working with Richard-Dean, who helped me immensely with gaining strength through all of my ranges of motion, and creating more mobility and control over my own body, which I found invaluable as a performer doing martial arts choreography. Richard-Dean’s clear explanations, focus on the details, and the precision that he expects when coaching Functional Range Conditioning and movement sessions turned what seemed like simple exercises into seriously challenging sessions. I also enjoyed his clarity of thought and his intolerance for BS. I can’t wait for Season 2 of Warrior for many reasons but one of them is definitely to get working with Richard-Dean, again”