Movers Of Crazy Monkey – Simon

"I don't consider myself crazy."

We call him ‘the friendly’ giant.

Nobody has ever seen him entering our doors without a smile and a happy hello.

You might only see a frown on his face during a moment of play, but not because he does not like it, it’s because he is critical of his development.

He rises before the sun, likes his coffee black as tar and his back squats heavy as hell. Legend tells his calf muscles were once mistaken for steel beams.

Here is our short interview with the guy that eats weights for breakfast, Simon:

What is a crazy thing about you, that everyone should know?
I don’t consider myself crazy. I spend my time training, reading books or traveling the world for work. It is not by far what the average person does with his life. If that is a crazy thing? You can decide for yourself.

"I studied different disciplines, but always felt something was missing."

Can you tell something more about yourself or about your current occupation?
Im a marine engineer by trade. I spend 3 months away from home and 3 months at home. When I am in Amsterdam I spend most of my time at Crazy Monkey.

What got you into Movement and The Ido Portal Method? And how has your Movement journey been so far?
I studied different disciplines, but always felt something was missing. In movement I found an all including philosophy for both body and mind and I became part of the Crazy Monkey tribe as a result of the practice.

What is your favourite quote or saying? 
My favourite quote is one of Miyamoto Musashi. It shows me that you can always push a little harder to get what you want out of yourself.:

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”

― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

"It is not the end result that matters, it is the process."

What is your most memorable Crazy Monkey moment?
My proudest moment at Crazy Monkey was my first ring muscle up. I had been working on it for a long time and the support of everybody got me there.

How has being a student at Crazy Monkey been so far you and why?
I would rate my expertise at crazymonkey 10 out of 10. The classes, the teachers and the community are the best I could ask for.

A new Movement student walks through the door, what advice would you give and why?
A lot of what we train for takes a lot of time and practice. But it is not the end result that matters, it is the proces. Find a process and stick with it for a while.

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