In English, there is a saying:
“Sound in body, sound in mind”
However, I believe that we need to train the mind as much as the body. The two go hand-in-hand and in my experience ‘Borderless Learning’ is essential for ‘Life-Long Learning’, fitness and health. If we follow this path, then ‘Age is but a number!’
I am an Englishman in Helsinki. Balded but, unbowed! Though my spoken Finnish language skills are quite good nowadays, I freely admit to still having trouble with the written language. However, I am also a versatile and creative instructor with a long history of practising and coaching children and adults in sports and activities ranging from racquet-ball sports such as Squash to Parkour and self-defence (5 of my own clubs since 1987). I draw on all of this experience to create training programmes based on Street Arts & Fitness Education/Exercise (SAFE) concepts that combine strength/power and fitness training with functional skills such as self-defence, Parkour, and, even some street dancing skills. These are also used to make 'Dynamic Physical Education' programmes for schools, kids afternoon clubs and adults groups that can be adapted to a group or individual training needs. Training with us, you will never feel alone.
As a youngster, I focused more on competitive sports (E.g. Tennis, Football & Squash), but, as I have aged, my attention has turned to more eclectic arts (non-competitive) in the form of martial arts (self-defence) and more recently Parkour.
My Squash career included many tournaments and club leagues at close to county standard in a very competitive region. At University I was also the club chairman and first-team captain. Fitness-wise, Squash is well-known to pose high fitness demands that closely resemble High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and more. Martial Arts tend to require a more all-round, whole-body capability whilst, Parkour requires a range of explosive power (legs in particular) and general fitness that crosses over well with martial arts and other fitness systems such as basic Calisthenics for very varied mobility and functional fitness training programme.
Although I make good use of free weights and machines, my personal training favourites include medicine/slam balls, speedballs, target pads & heavy bags, kettlebells, rope, skittles & rautakanki (asymetrical iron bars), and, stability & balance bases such as beams & bars, boxes, sticks, TRX & Power Rings.
'Experience is the Food of Life, Variety the Spice'
"The programme included a skilfully paced topic presentation, imaginative and fun exercises with some principles of self-defence.
The instructor communicated clearly in Finnish language, he had good contact and a warm authority towards the students, that he kept enthusiastic and focused. Our participation in this Lii-Kan Jiu Jitsu workshop was in our opinion the highpoint of the event."
Vantaa City 'Liikuva Koulu' event, 8.5.2014