I started practicing combat sports with Judo at the age of 9 under the direction of a colorful character, retired from the Gendarmerie at the Justice Fort in Besançon, Master Trancart. Although very far from the disciplines that will build my life as a practitioner and teacher, the practice of Judo transmitted by this Sensei initiated me very early to the fundamental values of martial arts.
My encounter with traditional martial arts began in my late teens with the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu of Sensei Sugino Yioshio taught by Lionel Oudart in Besançon (former direct student of Yioshio Sugino).
Very quickly I started in the same Dojo (Independent Academy of Bujutsu), Lionel Oudart, Besançon) the practice ofAikibujutsu (nowadays Aikibugei) which includes the schools : Aikido by Sensei Tamura Nobuyoshi, Aikibudo of Sensei Alain Flocquet, the Daito ryu, one of the oldest Japanese martial traditions, inspired by the work of Sensei Minoru Mochizuki (direct student of O-Sensei Ueshiba).
The core of Lionel Oudart’s research is the synthesis of links between each of these disciplines.
Dojo Kun Lionel Oudart, Grand Fontaine 2004
Thereafter and still under the direction of Lionel Oudart, I begin the practice of ” Kobujutsu “. This includes the intensive practice of the Kajos of Jojutsu and Jo/ken of the “Shinto Muso Ryu” school, the Kenjutsu of the “Kashima Shinto Ryu”, the Seitei Iai of “Muso Shinden Ryu” and their applications in Yawara Jutsu (martial techniques for hand-to-hand combat once disarmed).
Lionel Oudart passed on to me all that he could, with generosity and benevolence. He was the Sensei who knew how to create in me the fertile ground, the source from which all my research sprang. All the time we spent together practicing, exploring, correcting and our close relationship led him in these last moments of life to honor me with the responsibility of passing on what he gave me. I respect this commitment with intensity and humility.
At the same time I met the Hatha Yoga Desikachar, Iyengar, Nil Hahoutoff forms. I mention the yogas because they have played an extremely important role in my understanding and in my research on martial arts disciplines.
I then started practicing Wing Tsun within the EWTO created by Si-Hing Benjamin Bernard (now Si-Fu) then very quickly under the guidance of Si-Fu Hans Olbers at the time referent of the organization for all Europe.
After a few years, I left the teaching of Hans Olbers for that of the “ Wing Tsun Kung Fu ” by Klaus Flickinger, at the AIWTKF in Strasbourg. Organization in which I am following the entire teacher training program. I was going to be a first generation teacher.
At the same time, I started to practiceAikido within the FFAAA under the teaching of Michel ERB (Regional Technical Director North-East) then alongside Christian Tissier, Shihan for France in connection with the AIKIKAI of Tokyo. And I will take part in the schools of the executives as well as in the training courses and the preparatory trainings to obtain the State Diploma of Sports Educator.
I later participated in the elaboration of a technical and theoretical program in Aikibujutsu, Kobujutsu and Katori Shinto Ryu in order to obtain an equivalence to the State Diploma of Sports Educator through the FSCF (Fédération Sportive et Culturelle de France).
These works allowed me to obtain a diploma of federal instructor level 3 for these three disciplines within the FSCF, a very rare diploma according to the current leaders of this federation.
I meet the Yoga of the cold “Tibetan Toumo” with Maurice Daubard as well as the Yoga of Kashmir with Daniel Odier then with Eric Baret a direct student of Jean Klein. These two traditions are an integral part of my practice and will greatly influence my understanding of martial disciplines, bringing answers to my research on the involvement of theinvolvement of the intellect in the relaxation and adaptation of the body in a situation of mental “crisis or physical.
Maurice Daubard during a course in Vétan (Italy)
The practice of Toumo has never left me since I was 14 years old, it is an integral part of my daily life and of my teaching.
As for the tradition of Kashmir, It is not so much the body component that influenced my practice, but rather the spiritual approach called “negative” which points without artifice the great illusion (Maya) created from scratch by the mind which I witnessed in spite of myself at the age of 13. This sensitivity will never leave me and still comes to color my entire daily life.
Several years later, I decided to temporarily put aside the practice of Japanese weapons as well as to leave all the federations I was part of (I had become completely allergic to them!).
I then concentrate my energy on what will become the heart of my research research, that is to say the awareness of the body and psychic structure in a situation of tension.
This will lead me to the practice of Wing Chun of Si Fu Martin Dragos, Wing Chun percussive and dense which will engage in me a deep study of body optimization and combat strategies.
Luo Dexiu, Lyon 2017
To feed this study, I met in 2009 the practice of Neija Quan with my practice partner Alexandre Hunot (teacher in Lyon, founder of the school ” les 5 pétales “) then under the direction of Master Luo Dexiu is a true encyclopedia of the Chinese internal arts, passionate, exciting and of a rare generosity. Master Luo is certainly the martial artist who impressed me the most as his ability to adapt is phenomenal.
I continue to follow his teacher training to this day.
In 2012, I met Sensei Minoru Akuzawa, founder of the Aunkai Bujutsu school. A true genius of the body with a singular personality, Sensei Akuzawa was able to synthesize with surgical precision the fundamental body principles allowing to move freely in front of internal and external constraints.
A few years later, Sensei Akuzawa will give me the responsibility to teach his discipline, I am today fully involved in the diffusion, the organization and the research within theinternational Aunkai.
Sensei Minoru Akuzawa, Kuro Obi Seminar, Saint Privas 2017
In order to be fully in line with the results of my research, I have understood for many years that the practice of traditional martial arts has two main axes: The technique and the optimization of the use of the body. Traditionally, for the technique to be effective, a small proportion of the work consists of memorize techniques and in a high proportion to ” forge” the body and mind.
For this reason, my work has pushed me for a long time for a long time and in a daily way to transpose the principles of martial arts into physical training influenced by quadruped, fitness, crossfit, interval training etc. In this research, the work of Blandine Calais Germain, Christophe Carrio, Franck Medrano, Emma Gomez and the traditional physical preparation allowed me to acquire multidisciplinary and adapted knowledge.
This way of managing my own training allowed me to create a complete system that I called “body training”.
The goal is that, in the same session, students can work on breathing, nervous system, proprioception, mobility, strengthening and cardio.
on the left Christophe Ksiazkiewicz
This experience led me to create a method called Kinesis©, whose goal is to learn how to structure and use the body in the most optimal way possible. I created this method in partnership with my partner in the international Aunkai, Christophe Ksiazkiewicz instructor of Aunkai for many years and the oldest French student of Sensei Akuzawa.
on the left Christophe Ksiazkiewicz
I started teaching over 20 years ago. These years of experience have allowed me to observe the plurality of results for each student, whether in terms of comprehension or skill acquisition. The lack of results can easily lead to a lack of motivation, a loss of attendance, sometimes leading the student to drop out. For this reason, I wished to obtain the diploma of mental coach which gives me today precise tools allowing me to adapt my transmission strategy in a more effective way.
I also obtained the diploma of traditional Shiatsu practitioner from the school Masunaga. This training is provided by Alain Sakhnowsky, practitioner for more than 25 years and excellent teacher, allowed me to clarify in a very precise way the links between the internal body activity, the emotional fluctuations and the world which surrounds us. Masunaga shiatsu is a sensitive, humanistic and precise shiatsu. Supported by traditional Chinese medicine, it brings to my approach a more precise both physiologically and psychologically.
The teaching that I propose today has as a guideline the body understanding, the functional adaptability to the time in which we live. It aims to help practitioners discover themselves deeply in order to leave the inner resistances that form barriers to joy and inner calm.
These disciplines are as follows:
- Wing Chun
- The Aunkai
- The Aikibugei
- The Katori Shinto Ryu
- Body training
- Kinesis © (in French)
- Voluntary exposure to cold “Yoga Toumo
I strive every day to improve my practice and my understanding.
he exchanges with Alexandre Hunot around Wing Chun and Neija Quan, Aikibugei and Katori Shinto Ryu sessions at Lionel Oudart’s kun dojo with Julien Moreau and the AIRBJ alumni, the Aunkai trainings with Christophe ksiazkiewicz, the practice of Katori Shinto Ryu of Yukihiro Sugino with Michel Serrurot and my daily individual trainings allow me to maintain a rich and intense research dynamic.
Finally, the trainings under the direction of Sensei Akuzawa and Master Luo Dexiu allow me to perceive distant horizons that nourish my evolution and leave my ego in its right place
Doing without expecting anything, keeping the beginner’s mind, remaining vigilant and adaptable are fundamental principles of these disciplines, I try to apply them day after day.