Blox has been on his hands since elementary school gymnastics. A full-time world-traveling coach with his company Blox Acrobatics, Blox is also a head coach at Pitch Catch Circus School of Acrobatics. He is a member of the Partner Acrobatics teaching team on intensives and teacher trainings and has performed partner acrobatics across North America and the Caribbean. Rooted in many years of pedagogic study, acrobatics training under world-class teachers since 2010, and a commitment to health and happiness, Blox is a powerful resource for acrobatic advancement and personal growth.
Why do you like handstands?
I suppose I got quite good at foot stands and wanted a new challenge.
What do handstands represent to you?
Creative escape. I really like being upside down and having a solid, balanced handstands makes that accessible almost anywhere, anytime. Being upside down makes me feel comfortable alone. It feeds my introvert side. However, more than a quick fix for an inversion craving, handstands offer me a creative way to experience my body. I notice new things about my physical, mental, and emotional self when I’m on my hands.

And where do you get the motivation to train so much?

Teaching. I love teaching so damn much. I train so I can uncover new understanding and skill to pass on to others.

Tell us about your handstand journey. What was the most difficult part for you?

I was so young I that don’t recall when I first began handbalancing, but until recently it was only about play. In my teenage years, I loved doing ‘party tricks’ like walking a street block on my hands or doing a handstand on a picnic table while others were eating. It wasn’t until I took a 3-day handstand workshop in 2013 that I understood handstands could be trained. The most difficult part has been increasing the range of motion of my shoulders. They are naturally quite tight and only opened to a satisfactory level about two years ago after 3 years of active work.
What is the ultimate goal for you?
To be honest I am not a very goal-driven person. I’m not the kind of person who sees a mountain range, picks a peak, and says “I’m going to climb that fuckin’ mountain”. I am the kind of person who likes mountains and will walk towards them but I might end up finding a river along the way and canoeing down it instead. 

What is the craziest handstand skill you have?

Hmmmm, the craziest skill is probably a full planche (straddle) or an arch up to handstand from lying face down.

   Acrobat. Teacher. Mentorship Coach.
   Coach at Pitch Catch Circus School of Acrobatics
   Teacher at Partner Acrobatics (Intensives and Teacher Trainings)