Kinetic Rhythms is the name Terry Bertin chose to encapsulate the physical arts that have been his occupation for the better part of his life. Mechanical physics, geometry, kinesiology and expression honed into a style of combat based on American Kenpo would begin to describe the experience of a class with Bertin and his nephew Issac Bertin.
Through combat movement, people small to tall can challenge “character, comfort zones, morality and personal strength,” Terry explains. His depth of training in movement, anatomy, education and philosophy creates a class experience that stands out from other movement arts programs. Intuitive Bodywork and Basic Life Support certification classes are available at the center, 610 Jones Ave. in Salida.
During a beginner-level martial arts class, the Bertins keep a group of post-school-day, 8- to 12-year-olds completely engaged for an hour. The youth learn rapid fire movement after movement, somehow managing to fit in lessons about force equations, attack angles, anatomy, manners, integrity, leadership and responsibility.
For adults, Bertin is equally engaging. He is willing to explore the various hypothetical scenarios of self defense, and he personalizes combat styles for students. One of his favorite quotes comes from a martial arts master who was asked by a student, “How can I learn to move like you?” The master answered, “You will never learn to move like me, you will learn to move like you.” The “arts” in “martial arts” represents that subjective and cultural element for Bertin. “Like Indonesian fighting, which developed in the forest, has the element of close-combat and utilizes a lot of knives they had on hand, or like American boxing is an urban style with fist versus fist, the styles of martial arts fit personalities and cultural context,” Bertin teaches. “For instance, much of my own personal technique is very grounded, simply because I can’t jump.”
Bertin’s background as a martial artist began as a youth in Fairplay, where he studied under Robert Austin. He earned his black belt on the same day he began his degree in secondary education at the University of Northern Colorado. Both Austin and UNC equipped him to model determination, scholarship, humility and grace to adolescents, even those in tough situations. He found work with young adults in a Job Corps program as the recreation manager and then opened Adventure Martial Arts in Salida 18 years ago.
Not quite finding his niche as a lone-wolf practitioner, Bertin left Salida a few years later to join his brother in Roswell, N.M., where they ran a martial arts center for 15 years. Bertin and his wife, Valerie, raised two children and enjoyed life in New Mexico, but Colorado eventually called them back from the desert, and a town in which they had long desired to settle became the perfect place to take their nephew and start fresh. Valerie Moore has opened Prints of Peace next door to Kinetic Rhythms, and the family is finding a great fit for their skills in town.
Kinetic Rhythms has been offering classes for a month but will have a grand opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21.
Editor’s Note: As a parent of two, Jamie Wolkenbreit says he has already found himself quoting “Mr. B,” to get chores done, and his son not only understands mathematical division now as a physical concept, but knows which side is his liver and which side is his spleen.