Hey there! I'm Dan, the owner and operator of Flexibility Research. I've been teaching the science of flexibility professionally since 1998, but I've been studying it ever since I started training in martial arts over 33 years ago. I loved doing high kicks, and I knew that flexibility was necessary for success. So while most other kids my age were interested in cartoons and video games, I was busy reading as many books about stretching as I could get my hands on. I was also very fortunate that many of my karate instructors had degrees in human physiology and physical education. Some of the more notable people I received extensive membership from during my career include Bill "Superfoot" Wallace and Thomas Kurz.
My martial arts journey to date has seen me achieve black belts in six different disciplines. As a competitor, I won gold medals at the Taekwondo World Games, the European Taekwondo Championships, and more than ten national championships. I was also a three-time world full-contact karate champion. I was the head strength and conditioning coach for the England national karate team for five years, and I received multiple international coaching awards during my tenure.
My formal education includes bachelors and masters degrees in kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement), focusing on sport and exercise biomechanics. I also qualified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and sports therapist (similar to an athletic trainer in the States).
I love being an educator, and I feel fortunate to have delivered talks and workshops on flexibility and biomechanics all over the world. I base my lessons on my Biomechanical Model of Flexibility, arguably one of the world's first physics-based approaches to flexibility training. I have taught sports medicine teams at some of the world's most prestigious dance companies, including the Berlin State Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. In addition, I have lectured to undergraduate and postgraduate students at institutions like the University of Zurich, Humboldt University of Berlin, and University College London.
I have one mission in life: to become the world's very best educator on the science of flexibility. I've achieved moderate progress towards that goal, and I'm grateful for every step closer I get, but I feel like there's still a long way to go. So I'll keep striving to make the Master Flexibility Trainer course the highest quality education on this subject available anywhere in the industry. I'll continue sharing my writing by publishing a blog post every day for two years. And I'll keep putting out interviews with the top researchers and scientists on the Flexibility Focus podcast. If you'd like to see any particular content that you think might help me achieve my mission, please let me know via the Contact page.