I grew up a weak and skinny kid, and having asthma didn’t help – running out of breathe trying to keep up with friends was discouraging. I didn’t feel strong, very good at sports, or capable enough to defend myself (never mind others). I only played on a sports team once growing up, basketball in 3rd grade, and didn’t do so well.
Not being the active, sporty, fit kid may make it seem unlikely that I’d become such an advocate for health & fitness… until you realize what being health & fitness truly is (hint: it’s not playing sports, going to the gym, or doing what most doctors tell you).
Overtime, I overcame these struggles with progressive physical pursuits and healthier lifestyle choices. My dad (with his background in weight lifting, carpentry, martial arts, and fun) was my original inspiration to becoming stronger & more skilled. He was my real life Bruce Lee. We lifted weights, hit the bag, played chess, got outside, and did a large variety of activities together. I felt unlimited in his presence.
Even before I could talk, he put me up to hang on the monkey bars (see below), and said I would just hang, and hang… and hang. He had enough time to pull out an old camera and take a photo – probably took forever in those days. (Little did he know, that image would become my logo one day!)
It was a natural, instinctual, universal strength that wasn’t taught, it was in my DNA. Just like how a baby who can swim right out of the womb (as seen in water births). Of course, I couldn’t tell him to take me down, but, it didn’t look like I wanted to get down either.
It wasn’t until my senior year in high school when I intently started pursuing new physical, mental, and emotional endeavors. Starting out with high school wrestling. It was great, I won my first match, and got my ass handed to me for the rest of them. I loved it though and only wished I had started sooner.
After high school, the learning really began. I became hungry for more, physically and mentally. I started studying and learning about all different things, from all over the world, from all walks of life — you name it.
I took up Boxing, MMA, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation, Capoeira, Art Du Déplacement/Parkour, La Methode Naturelle, which led me to MovNat.
When I discovered MovNat from the video “The Workout the World Forgot“, I realized, ‘This is it!’. I thought and felt that it was everything in one, the most complete system. I knew, right then and there, that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I absorbed everything I could on it, trained day in and day out, and it quickly became my lifestyle. I ended up winning a free workshop through the “MovNat 60/60 Challenge” on Facebook. Knowing that I wanted to, not only, learn everything about MovNat, but also teach, and share it with others — I decided to apply the credit towards a certification.
Within the next year I packed up my stuff and relocated from RI to TX to attend a MovNat Level 1 Certification. It was happening in Houston, November of 2014. So I went down a month or two earlier and lived with family in Dallas — not really realizing how far Houston was from Dallas (coming from a state where you can get from one side to the other in an hour!)
The certification ended up being a pivotal point in my life. The people were awesome, the movement was real, the event was massive. It was official. I knew this is what I want for myself, and I knew this is what I will create in the world – strong, resilient, capable, happy, healthy, and free people.
Since then, I’ve been taking it one barefoot at a time – coaching people, in-person and online, through privates, group classes, workshops, and retreats – organically growing with, what’s now known as, “Original Human Movement“.
I went on to receive the MovNat Level 2 & Combatives Certification (Mar & Jul 2016), The Human Path Scout (Oct 2017), the Level 3 MovNat Certification (Oct 2017), the Primal Health Coaching Certification (Apr 2018), and most recently, the MovNat Aquatics Certification (Sept 2018), officially earning the title of a MovNat Master Trainer.
As a student of life with a love of exploration and learning, I’ve continued my education with many other practices and studies that I integrate into my coaching, including; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (currently a purple belt & coach), Art Du Déplacement (with the Founders at workshops in Dallas, Houston, and the birthplace — France), various Parkour workshops across the US, the Wim Hof Method (through workshops & a daily practice), 52-Weeks EveryBody Biomechanics course (Nutritious Movement, Katy Bowman), the Gracie Combatives course, Self.Defense.Unit course (Invisible Jiu Jitsu, Rickson Gracie), Hidden Jiu Jitsu courses (online & workshops, Henry Akins) various Martial Arts (Boxing, Wrestling, Muy Thai, MMA, etc.), multiple Obstacle Course Races, a 10-Day Vipassana course, daily meditation practice, and much more.