I’m quite a curious person by nature, and was always inclined to dig, explore and experiment with ways of practicing to learn more about myself and the world. Before discovering the Da Xuan tradition, I engaged in dedicated training of many other modalities of practice.
I was lucky enough to train with some incredible teachers of wonderful arts. Major influences include:
- Training in the traditional Chinese arts of Xin Yi Liu He Quan (Heart, Mind & Six Harmonies boxing), Cha Quan (Cha family boxing) and Yang Style Tai Chi under my first teacher Master Wang [2003 – 2013]
- Becoming a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness instructor 
- Exploring various systems of training including Physical Alchemy (Dave Wardman), Modern Methods of Mobility (Emmet Louis), Stretch Therapy (Kit Laughlin & Olivia Allnutt), Ancestral Movement (Simon Thakur), Evolve Move Play (Rafe Kelley), Gymnastic Strength Training, Calisthenics, MovNat, Ido Portal Method, Urban Dance, Parkour, Gymnastics, Capoeira, Handstands and more. [2005 – 2018]
Unfortunately, it is not possible to do everything, and so I made the difficult choice to let go of these former arts. While I do not to continue pursuing a practice in any of them, they each made a significant contribution to my education and helped shape who I am today. I am forever indebted to these teachers who dedicated themselves to diving deeply into their chosen arts and were kind enough to share their wisdom with me.
My personal explorations into physical development were previously done under the handle ‘Aware Relaxed Connected’. In 2017 I decided to dissolve ARC and merged into Physical Alchemy, presenting teachings from my various tinkerings alongside Dave Wardman. Soon after that, it became clear that I wanted to dedicate my attention fully to my Daoist studies, and I broke away from Physical Alchemy to focus on training and teaching on my own.