What drives you?
I’m driven by a need to discover more about myself, to unravel things layer by layer, to improve, and become more well rounded. I’m driven by the difference between good and optimal. I’m driven by a commitment to quality, integrity, and craftsmanship. I’m driven by the knowledge that all great art is rooted in specificity. I’m driven by the love of being a student and learning.
What's next in training?
I’m an obsessed student of the Ido Portal Method. I think it’s important to continue to bridge the gap in people’s awareness between training and movement as a concept. The best workout you could possibly have still only accounts for a fraction of your day. I believe we have to sustain our relationship with our bodies in between training sessions, to integrate more movement into our daily activities, to diversify, and supplement a rich movement practice with a meditative practice of stillness as well.
What makes you happy?
Life is full of beauty and blessings. My family makes me happy. My wife and my son, my parents, my two sisters. Working hard and investing in my practice makes me happy. Seeing my students and clients improve makes me happy. I love learning, and I love teaching.
How do you create balance in your life?
Balance takes practice, and isn’t a concrete concept or commodity. Having balance in one aspect of life may not translate to another aspect. I train hard, prioritize recovery, I don’t multitask, and I surround myself with people who act as compasses to help me keep things in perspective.
What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?
While I definitely love my rubber bands for warmup and prehab, I couldn’t live without my gymnastics rings. They’ve become a symbol of my practice, and one of my closer possessions.
What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to be the proprietor of a space that allows people to congregate around movement. I want to cultivate worthwhile process with individuals of integrity across a wide spectrum, and to provide quality education to those who seek it. In a time when information is so accessible to us via the internet, and connecting to others has never been easier via social platforms, I worry we have never been so miseducated and isolated from one another. We need to be together, and we need to move. Our health and, potentially, the health of our planet depends upon it.
Who inspires you and why?
My wife is one of my greatest inspirations. I find that she is, effortlessly, so many things I work very hard to be. There is an ease and kindness to her that run deeper than words can say, and a strength that is terrifying at times. She inspires me to be a better father to our son, and partner to her, just by her selfless action and devotion to us. I’m inspired to make honorable choices every day on her behalf, because of the beauty of the life she’s given me, and because of the knowledge that it could all end in a moment. I cherish each day of our life together. I’m also hugely inspired by Ido :)