"Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own."
I am Javi Martinez, the face behind
All my life I've been passionate about martial arts and because I believe in specialisation, I have accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the art of fighting. I started practising Karate at the age of eight, I discovered Wing-Tsun Kung Fu when I was twenty, and I joined a boxing club in the UK at twenty-nine. Martial arts and combat sports have defined my movement practice for years.
How I became aware of the importance of YIN
In 2011, I specialised in strength and conditioning for the fight athlete, with significant focus on bodyweight and kettlebell training. My approach to training was hard and intense; definitely very Yang. Even though at that point of my life I was extremely fit and every single blood test confirmed that I was in good health, several physical issues in 2012 (from muscle tightness to reactions to stress and so on) made me realise the importance of having a balanced approach to training: I immediately included Tai Chi Chuan in my practice, adding a softer and more relaxing discipline to my routine – the Yin element that had been missing.
The beginning of Tao Movement
Learning about Ido Portal around 2015 really opened my eyes. I understood that specialisation is rarely balanced and is almost never sustainable in the long-term.
Yoga, freestyle calisthenics, gymnastics, animal flow, bits and pieces from the Ido Portal Method and even recycled movements from my inline skating background were added to my movement practice. That was the beginning of a personal exploration to find a harmonious practice which combines soft or Yin and hard or Yang disciplines – a journey that culminated with the creation of Tao Movement.
As Bruce Lee said: "Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own."
Level 3 Personal Trainer with more than 5000h of experience
Yoga Teacher 200h RYT – Studying 300h Advance Teacher Training with Jason Crandell
QiGong for Yoga with Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Wing Tsun Kung Fu 2nd Degree Technician by Sifu Jose Manuel Cortes
Boxing Amateur Fighting Experience – representing LeftHook Boxing Club, UK
End-Range Mobility Instructor by Ricky Warren (Bodyweight Gurus)
CrossFit Gymnastics Specialist
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Animal Flow Level 1 Instructor
Sports Massage Therapist