Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 Baranovitz-1984 Tel Aviv) received his PhD in Physical Sciences from the University of the Sorbonne and worked alongside Nobel Prize-winning Frederic Juliot-Curie in early atomic physics research.
While still in Paris, he became a disciple of the founder of judo, Japanese Master Jigoro Kano. He was the first Westerner to learn judo and later spread its teaching yet further, as the founder of the French judo club. He was the first Black Belt holder in the West, and wrote several books on judo.
A severe knee injury led him to experiment with his own body and develop his revolutionary way of using movement to improve comprehensive human functioning through his idea of organic learning. Beginning in the 1950s, he devoted himself exclusively to developing and refining his method.
At the end of the 1950s, he held his first professional training programme, with some students in Israel. In 1972, he began receiving invitations to give lectures and teach seminars on his method in universities and other institutions in the United States. He founded his own institute in Israel. After his first training programme in Israel, he conducted two professional training sessions in the U.S., one in San Francisco, CA (1975-1977), the other in Amherst, Massachusetts (1980-1983).