Jacob Kujo Lyons
Jacob “Kujo” Lyons has 27 years of experience in the performing arts, as a b-boy, choreographer, aerialist, and Chinese pole acrobat. Almost entirely self-taught (and almost entirely deaf), he regularly travels worldwide to perform in circus and dance theater, teach workshops and seminars, and judge b-boy competitions. His choreography has earned him numerous awards, and has been called “drop-dead awesome” by the LA Times.
Additionally, Kujo has a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and works as a strength coach with all manner of clients. His broad understanding of body mechanics influences his approach to teaching hand-balancing (and all other forms of movement), with particular attention paid to positioning, strengthening weak points, improving requisite mobility, bracing, and much more. Some of Kujo’s media work includes back-flipping into jeans for a Levi’s national commercial, being featured as the principal b-boy in Run DMC’s music video, “It’s Like That,” and appearing in the films Battle of the Year: The Dream Team and Step Up 2: The Streets.
Kujo’ss classes focus first on developing sufficient strength and mobility for handstands and other inversions, as well as spotting techniques, proper body mechanics, variations and transitions, and more. Particular attention is paid to each student’s individual needs, strengths and weaknesses.