I am a movement teacher and the founder of Human Patterns. My work aims to guide students within a community setting through the practice of movement, to improve their physical health and their relationship with the world. I have been practicing for over fifteen years, and teaching for the past seven years.
My route to this practice has been a varied one. When I was in school I was intimidated by exercise. As a result I assumed that I was naturally weak, stiff and uncoordinated until, aged ten, I discovered gymnastics. Within six months I was selected to train at the national level in Italy. However, because my family moved to live in a number of countries I stopped practising due to a lack of quality teachers in my new homes. Then aged fifteen I discovered Wushu. For a while further travels limited my practice of this martial art, but where there was the chance to practice other forms of martial arts, I gladly took up each one.
During this time the most influential practice that I followed was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which enabled me to compete internationally for three years, however, I was not truly fulfilled as there were not many female competitors around at the time. I later took up Muay Thai in which I fought professionally for five years, and become a world champion in 2011. By this time I had competed internationally in Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Italy, China and Japan.
Whilst competing professionally, I saw the value of training from a generalist perspective to improve athletic performance as well as prevent and manage injuries, so I spent four years studying in person under the Ido Portal Method and assisting at international events. During this period I retired from fighting and dedicated most of my time to my newly found passion in teaching; where I could integrate the benefits of my different worlds and share it with others.
I now study under the Fighting Monkey Rootlessroot, and offer independent classes in Sydney and Hong Kong (my former home). I also offer workshops and internships internationally.
I love the practice of teaching and sharing with my students. I have taught around Australia, Asia and Europe. The Human Patterns process offers life changing benefits that arise both inside and outside of physical practice. I understand training not as an end goal in itself, but as a means of becoming an observant and self-aware individual that enjoys increasing freedom.
My work has been enhanced by my training in social anthropology (in which I hold a B.A.) and I have international experience having lived in nine different countries. I also practice meditation daily, cooking, art, and I love spending time in nature. I believe these contribute to an integrative approach to training and life.