Hi, I'm Dan Van Zandt.
Researching and teaching the science of flexibility has been my life's work.
I have been studying the subject for over 35 years and teaching it professionally for 25 years.
My background is in martial arts - I hold black belts in six different styles - and I have been a lifelong student of Bill "Superfoot" Wallace.
As a martial arts athlete I won gold medals at the Taekwondo World Games, European Taekwondo Championships, and more than ten national championships.
I won three world full-contact karate championship titles and was the head strength and conditioning coach for the England national team for five years, winning 'International Coach of the Year' twice.
I hold multiple academic degrees related to the human movement sciences, including bachelors and masters degrees in kinesiology and biomechanics. I'm currently working towards separate degrees in neuroscience and psychology simultaneously. I also qualified as a Sports Therapist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, yoga teacher, and personal trainer.
I hold memberships with several academic and educational organisations, including the International Society of Biomechanics, the European Society of Biomechanics, the Biophysical Society, and the Royal Society of Biology.
I have delivered talks and workshops on flexibility training all over the world, including teaching sports medicine practitioners at some of the world's most prestigious dance companies, including the Berlin State Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet.
I have lectured to undergraduate and postgraduate students at many higher education centres such as the University of Zurich, Humboldt University of Berlin, and University College London.
I have distilled my decades of knowledge into the Master Flexibility Trainer course, which I have taught to hundreds of people all around the world. The course is recognised as the best educational programme on the science and practice of flexibility available anywhere. Dozens of graduates have since been accepted onto masters and PhD programmes as a direct result of their time on the course.
If there is anything further you want to know, please get touch.