Team

Mark Sluijter studied clinical psychology in Leiden.
Mark was trained as a healthcare psychologist. He followed a four-year training programme in Hypnotherapy at the NVvH and worked for ten years in psychiatry.
Mark did fencing from the age of 9 till 19, six years of which with the Dutch national team. Over the years he sought his way via Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Kiokushinkai and Shotokan Karate, and Wing Chun, until he finally met his teacher in 1988. Since then he has been receiving intensive private training in Tai Chi Chuan and Wing Chun Kung Fu. In 2000 he obtained permission from his teacher to teach. Since 2001 Mark has also been learning Chi Kung from Master Luke Chan from Zongshan, China. In 2002 he decided to quit his job in psychiatry to fully devote himself to teaching.

Samir Rawas Sarayji studied Mathematical Sciences (2006), and English and Literature (2015). He works as a freelance editor at Cecile’s Writers Magazine amongst others, and as a Tai Chi Instructor on location, giving workshops at companies or events. He grew up in Nigeria where he trained in Tae-kwon-do and boxing for three years.
Since 2005 he has trained in Tai Chi Chuan and Lu Kung Fu intensively both in groups and through private lessons at Fire Dragon. In 2013 he also began intensively training in Chi Kung. At Fire Dragon he teaches the 19.30 hrs class on Tuesdays, and he offers occasional workshops.

Tim Sluijter grew up surrounded by martial arts. Raised in the ‘kwoon’, he always knew that thinking, feeling and acting were one and the same thing. Tim is currently studying Physiotherapy in Rotterdam and teaching the Thursday evening Lu Kung Fu group, as well as teaching a daily Dao Lu course at Triora Addiction Care (formerly Mirage).

Malaika Sluijter-Wentink is the quiet strength of Fire Dragon. With a sense for the natural way she ensures peace and harmony in our traininghome and she is involved in all aspects of the school, except for teaching itself. From her 8th untill her 12th she lived in the Philippines, studied Medicine in Leiden for one year, then finished her studies in Language and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, specializing in Art Policies and Management. She worked i.a. for her mother's silk company and, like all members of our family, she trains Dao Lu on a regular basis. The meals she prepares for our workshops and Summer Trainings have gained some fame among members of the school.

Sebastiaan van Zaanen, Dao Lu Trainer in training.
At the age of 11 Sebastiaan discovered that, in addition to the intellectual development at school, there was much more to learn. He came into contact with martial arts where his exploration of the possibilities of body and mind began. Through time he has explored a more integrated approach to his own consciousness. This entails the pursuit of a healthy balance in body, mind, heart and hands.
He has a background in various martial arts. In addition to holding a black belt in Taekwondo, he trained Kyokushinkai Karate and Iwama Ryu Aikido for some period. Currently he dedicates himself to learning the ways of Dao Lu. He is particularly interested in the relationship between the skills and principles of Dao Lu and their effects and applicability in the daily hustle and bustle of a Western society full of distractions and temptations.Besides his work through Mind your Move he is actively involved in contributing to a smoother transition towards a sustainable society. He does this as a social entrepreneur in The Hague by applying participatory processes that tap into the deeper values and motives of people. Movement and action towards a shared vision of the group then naturally start from within. He applies these same principles as a certified Agile Project Manager and Trainer to help organisations in creating effective teams that strategically collaborate to reach business goals.In all of his activities he likes to combine knowledge and skills from his MA in Business Communiczation and MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainebility. Own website http://mindyourmove.org

Photos by Gregor Servais