Other stuff

Here, you will find what my other activities are when I'm not painting on canvas or on the computer or traveling.


Martial Arts

This is the flip side of the coin, my parallel universe: since the age of 13, I have been living in the world of martial arts. I trained in Judo, Vietnamese and Chinese Kung Fu, Japanese Karate, Savate-French boxing, Yoseikan Budo, Taekwondo, English boxing, Kick boxing, Thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Shoot fighting, Hapkido,  Korean sword (Kumdo), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Filipino sticks/knives fighting with all types of teachers, from Masters to bouncers to cops to military personnel.

I am a certified 4rd degree Black Belt instructor under the Dohyun International Hapkido Federation in Seoul, Korea. I also have a 1st degree Black Belt in Japanese Karate. To me, it doesn't matter whatmartial art you practice or what belt you wear. The main point is: make sure your techniques can work in the street, and train hard.

The image on the left is a link to the video of my 3rd degree Black Belt Hapkido testing in December 2008 (click on it). For the anecdote, my martial arts training eventually landed me a 2-day stunt work for a TV show on the History channel a few years ago. That was fun. But I have no intention to make this a career :)




Fun stuff


In parallel to a regular daily routine of fitness training at the gym as well, my other interests are varied. I was a Swing dancer for a long time, but I spend most of my  dancing time with Salsa now. I also took horseback riding lessons for 3 years, but seldom have the time to practice anymore. You can't do everything.

Finally, last but not least, I love to cook. Mostly French, of course, but I like to try other things and am very open to exploration. I try to never forget that eating and the art of cookingare one of the very first pleasures in life, and cooking for your friends is one of the   best ways to show how you appreciate them.