André Kunkel began his journey with Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Kickboxing and Boxing) from a young age, right through until his mid twenties, when he discovered Snowboarding and Kitesurfing.
It was during this time that he was diagnosed Ankylosing Spondylitis – a serious and “incurable” form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, causing inflammation of the spinal joints, leading to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. This understandably had a major effect on his sporting career and lifestyle.
Despite this major setback, André chose to view this disease, and the challenges that came along with it, as a blessing instead of a curse.
The journey to heal himself physically brought with it the realisation that the key to health is a combination of the physical, emotional and spiritual realms. During this journey, André studied Yoga, Philosophy, Shamanic Healing techniques and Budokon – a form of Mixed Movement Arts – with some of the world’s most renowned teachers.
André also holds a German Diploma for Medical Engineering. His constant drive to learn and ongoing study of different techniques makes him an ever-evolving teacher with a broad spectrum of knowledge and tools.
As he likes to say, in his typical, no-nonsense approach, “I made it through the shit and I can show you how!”