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Dr. Guy Shpak

I am a neuroscientist passionate about how common practices, and specifically martial arts practice, modify our brain and behaviour. I obtained my master's and Ph.D. in neurophysiology, researching how the brain codes social information conveyed by the olfactory system. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus Medical Center psychiatry department in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, I investigated the neurophysiology of mental disorders. I expanded my educational experience as a senior lecturer and course coordinator at the Life-Sciences department of the Erasmus University College.

Next to my academic education, I learned Chinese medicine and Shiatsu, NLP, photography, and more. I regularly meditate, dip in ice, and cycle to keep my body and mind recharged and balanced.

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The martial arts angle

My way in the world of martial arts started at the age of 12 and never stopped since, lasting over three decades now. Throughout the years, I learned and taught Karate, Krav-maga, Tai chi, several Kung-fu styles, and more. Nowadays, I try to integrate all this knowledge and find the common threads that connect it all. In recent years I have been doing my best to combine two passions of mine, neuroscience and martial arts, out of the belief that this combination can be used for the good of all humanity, being both immensely deep and practical.
I currently hold a 3rd dan degree in Shito-Ryu Karate and teach Krav Maga to different groups.

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