After a career in Circus Arts, Emmet Louis transitioned into the Fitness Industry, only to realise that he wants to do things a bit… differently. He is best known for his flexibility coaching, but offers a full range of acrobatics, handbalancing and personal development coaching as well. Emmet has been offering online coaching since 2014, and has worked with people from all walks of life such as circus professionals, dancers, athletes and coaches, to people who just want to be able to keep up with their kids.
In 2015, Emmet started teaching his Modern Methods of Mobility seminar internationally, touring Europe, Canada, Australia and many places in between. Starting as a collection of highly effective methodologies for developing flexibility, it continues to evolve to include both cutting edge and ancient flexibility techniques, nothing is disregarded as long as it works.
Emmet is committed to disseminating information via his YouTube channel with the aim of creating a more open source community, providing access to flexibility training ideas and methodologies to as many people as possible, as well as demystifying the process of gaining flexibility.
In 2018, Emmet teamed up with Mikael Kristiansen to present Handstand Factory – an online handbalancing syllabus they are continually growing. So far, the Handstand Factory syllabus provides a complete progression of handbalancing online programs from absolute beginners learning the basic freestanding handstand, to helping more advanced handbalancers looking to get their one arm handstand. Emmet’s and Mikael’s collective knowledge from years of training and coaching is distilled into the Handstand Factory and provides a thorough path to whatever handstand skills are needed. Using a range of conditioning, strength and awareness building exercises as well as some of the most in-depth flexibility developing materials available, it reduces the chances of plateauing in training significantly.
Emmet continues to grow his repertoire to offer high level online coaching, as well as advising and mentoring aspiring circus artists and coaches in the field of movement, covering areas such as business mentorship for coaches, Education in the aspects of coaching beyond sets and reps, as well as Daoist philosophy of the Da Xuan school.
Emmet’s Personal Motivation
Since I can remember my heroes have always been fictional. Hero Turtles, Power Rangers and Street Fighting Yogis have been my inspiration. Their control over their bodies and its transference into the real world left me in awe and craving the same.
This desire to develop control over my body has fueled my life and its journey since that young age. From starting Yoga at age six (not many boys in a yoga class in 1980’s Ireland let me tell you that) to flirtations with various martial arts. My first major love was the freedom granted by inline skating. What you did was judged not on archaic rules but either what you did was impressive or not.
These codified systems didn’t give me what I craved but gave me the tools to help me realize that goal. Each skill I found fed into the feedback loop. I began to learn patterns about learning and how these things all interrelated to each other.
Brief forays with normality via theoretical physics in university led me to discover the circus world and its skill based social capital.
Dropping out of university to join the circus and traveling the world, displaying my skills and feeding my ego on the stage.
But everywhere I went I encountered the same. I’d meet people and the same words would come from their mouths,
“That’s amazing, I could never do that”
All I’m thinking each time is,
“Yes you can you fucker you’ve just never tried”
My new life aim is twofold: One, to teach you that all it takes is trying and embracing the suck. And. Two, to comprehend and dissect information and make it understandable and immediately applicable for the people who follow it.