Philosophy

On Training

My ultimate goal is complete self-reliance. That means not ever being dependent on anything or anyone. It means being in control with yourself, knowing what you can & can not do. It means never being afraid to try something new, or to be limited by your body or your mind. 

My training reflects this. I don’t train to get better at a discipline (like Crossfit or Football), or even to "get stronger". My mission is way beyond that. I will use whatever discipline & approach that takes me towards my goal of self-reliance, wether that means Boxing, Ballet, Synchronized Swimming or Skiing. I refuse to put myself in a box, limiting my progress & development. No dogmas.

I view it as a great shame when people compartmentalize training & movement. Think about it for a second; it’s all way more similar than different. Boxing is way more similar to dance than it's different, for example. Let’s not limit ourself to one thing, and let’s stop defining ourself in opposition to others. 

Let’s explore & grow. Together. We are all human first, let’s not forget that.

On Teaching

I believe that there’s no ”one” way of coaching. A teacher's job is to constantly tailor & adapt to the student. Always adjusting depending on the students personality, body-type, current level, social situation, age etc. 

Individualization & communication are key, there are no cookie-cutter solutions.

I believe that, for a successful relationship between teacher & student to be made, the teacher must have his "skin in the game". This is a term used by Nassim Taleb. In short, it means that if the student looses anything (money, time, effort etc), the teacher needs to loose an equal (or greater) amount. The will to become better must be within both parties at all times. If the teacher stops looking to improve, it becomes impossible for him/her to inspire growth in the student. 

Bruce Lee puts it best: "A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that the student must discover for himself. A good teacher, therefore, studies each student individually and encourages the student to explore himself, both internally and externally, until, ultimately, the student is integrated with his being."

A good teacher must:

  • Practice what he preaches.
  • Have his "skin in the game".
  • Be able to show results, from himself & his students.
  • Constantly adapt to the student.
  • Be enthusiastic about his own & his students progress.