Erwan Le Corre
|Born||10 September 1971|
|Known for||Founder of MovNat|
Erwan Le Corre, a French American born on September 10, 1971, is the founder and innovator of a physical education system and lifestyle known as MovNat, which derives from the French words "mouvement naturel" ("natural movement").
Erwan Le Corre grew up in the French village of Étréchy, and later at Épinay-sur-Orge, both south of Paris. As a child he spent his free time outdoors exploring and playing in the fields and woods around his village. At age 18, Le Corre received a black belt in Karate. Starting at age 19 he did parkour-like training for 7 years with the Parisian stuntman Don Jean Habrey. During this period he also began barefoot running. At age 27, he began a period of training which included sailing, Olympic weightlifting, rock climbing, long distance triathlon, trail running and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
In 2004 Erwan Le Corre started researching the physical training method of the French naval officer Georges Hébert. The training developed by Hébert is known as "la méthode naturelle" ("natural method"). In 2008 Le Corre formally began his physical education system and lifestyle known as MovNat and began teaching it in weekend workshops and weeklong outdoor retreats.
According to Le Corre, MovNat is "a school of physical competency entirely based on natural movement, which includes the locomotive skills of walking, running, balancing, crawling, jumping, climbing and swimming, the manipulative skills of lifting, carrying, throwing and catching, and the defensive skills of striking and grappling, and that the most important principles of natural movement are practicality and adaptability."
Regarding the difference between Hébert's "méthode naturelle" and Le Corre's MovNat, Le Corre has said that "the main difference resides in the coaching system, which has been updated. It is more elaborate and efficient in MovNat.... MovNat's philosophy is formulated to better fit with today using modern forms of communication, for instance video and the Internet."
Starting in the year 2020, Le Corre began training in the discipline of prolonged breath-holding, known as static apnea. The practical use for prolonged breath-holding is for freediving. In 2021, Le Corre performed a breath-hold for 6 minutes, 46 seconds, while he was face-down in a pool. His breath-hold was verified by the United States Freediving Federation, who listed the duration of Le Corre's static apnea breath-hold as being a new US national record.
Erwan Le Corre became a United States citizen via naturalization. He is married and has three children. His wife Jessika grew up in New Mexico. Le Corre was based near Santa Fe, New Mexico during the 2010s.
In 2019 Erwan Le Corre released his first book entitled The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health and Freedom. Le Corre's book has also been translated into German.
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