(photo of Frey Faust: originator of Axis Syllabus)
The Axis Syllabus (AS) is a movement analysis system (like Laban) that allows one to describe the movement of the body in terms of orientation, anatomical structures, time and physics. Inherent in this system is an ethical approach to movement efficiency. This efficiency is based on the recycling of momentum back into the system, a minimizing of conflict between joints and between the body and its environment, and a respect of each joint’s inherent limitations as inferred by design. The communication of the full breadth and detail of the material that compromises AS is beyond the scope of this writing. Classes with a certified teacher provide the most direct experiential learning. If the interested learner is unable to find on-going classes in their part of the world, the 3rd edition of Frey Faust’s book, The Axis Syllabus. Universal Movement Principles: Human Movement Analysis and Training Method provides the most comprehensive overview. This book was a primary source for these writings.