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"Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own."

Bruce Lee

ABOUT

I am Javier Martinez, founder of
Tao Movement

All my life I've been passionate about martial arts and 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, I joined a boxing club in the UK at twenty-nine, and I started training Tai Chi at thirty-one. 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 and mobility work 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 since 2012

  • Taoist NeiGong L1 Instructor by Paul Cavel

  • Dragon and Tiger Medical QiGong L1 by Paul Cavel

  • White Tiger 5 Elements Medical QiGong Instructor by Tevia Feng

  • SEA QiGong L1 Instructor by Matthew Cohen

  • Yoga Teacher YACEP I 500h RYT –  by 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

  • Kettlebell Instructor

  • Sports Massage Therapist

EXPERIENCE

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