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

Bruce Lee


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 in 2017, 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



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