The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast #343 – Rafe Kelley & Jordan Peterson

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Rafe Kelley

Rafe Kelley is an acclaimed movement coach and founder of Evolve Move Play, a holistic movement practice that emphasizes the importance of reconnecting with the natural world. Kelley has over two decades of experience in various movement disciplines, including parkour, martial arts, and gymnastics. He is recognized for his unique approach to movement training, which blends the physical with the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human experience. Kelley is also a sought-after speaker and has delivered lectures and workshops on movement, mindfulness, and nature connection around the world. Through his work, Kelley inspires individuals to explore their innate movement potential and connect with the natural world, leading to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast with Rafe Kelley & Jordan Peterson:

Book Title: Exuberant Animal – The Power Of Health, Play And Joyful Movement

Author: Frank Forencich

Book Title: Play – How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Author: Stuart Brown, MD

Works by Jean Piaget

Summary of Jordan Peterson Podcast #343 - Rafe Kelley

In this podcast episode, movement coach Rafe Kelley discusses his approach to movement training and the importance of play in human development. Kelley reflects on his early childhood, where he struggled with ADHD and found solace in movement and play. He highlights the balance between the mother and father roles in shaping a child’s relationship with movement and mentorship.

Cultural Need for Roughhousing

Kelley explores the cultural need for roughhousing and the expansion of reflex. And how teasing and provocation play a role in developing physical competence. He also touches on the importance of low-resolution maps and the need for more rough-and-tumble play in schools.

Animals, Play, and Competence Hierarchies

Kelley delves into the connection between animals, play, and competence hierarchies. And how playing with less-abled partners can lead to self-handicapping and growth. He also shares his passion for parkour and the idea of exploratory locomotive play, where the jump that calls to you is the highest obstacle and greatest affordance.

Movement Variation, Multi-Level DNA Mapping

Kelley emphasizes the importance of movement variation and multi-level DNA mapping, and the need to invoke the spirit of voluntary challenge. He reflects on mapping physical and emotional courage and the dueling spirits of hostile brothers. The episode concludes with Kelley discussing his holistic movement practice, Evolve Move Play, which encourages individuals to reconnect with their innate movement potential and the natural world.