Who We Are

David D’Amore

Owner & Program Director
Progressive Movement, Handbalance & Bamboo Effect classes

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I'm Dave. I’m quiet, reserved and don’t really like being in the spotlight. If you’ve come to this page, then you’re probably interested in who I am — here’s my story.

Outside of playing video games, drumming and some skateboarding through my adolescence, I was never really physically active, sporty or agile.

I got into physical training in my early 20s because of continuous setbacks with injuries and pain. My work as a tradesman caused spinal damage, aggravated by a developmental scoliosis. I hated being in pain and I wanted to feel better, so I began looking for an answer.

Before this point in my life, I wasn’t able to do a full push-up properly or touch my toes. I was about as flexible as a steel pipe. Strength and flexibility never came naturally for me, so I know what it feels like to be weak and immobile.

After a couple of years, I enjoyed the lifestyle of becoming stronger and fitter and wanted to help others who may have been in a similar situation. I studied and began working in the fitness industry.

Over time, I found that the types of training I was doing simply wasn’t serving me any more - it wasn’t enough. I may have been getting stronger and fitter, but I still felt stiff, restricted and in pain.

In 2013 I discovered the work of Ido Portal and his movement culture, and started to realise that there was something bigger than just lifting heavy weights or trying to get "fit".

I saw the importance of having a more holistic view on movement: a progressive approach where strength, mobility and play can coexist and complement each other. A system that invoked curiosity and challenged the body through more complex movement patterns, rather than just adding more weight to the barbell or doing more reps.

I wanted to create a toolbox of skills where I could take control of my body and I wanted to be able to move like a child again: things like balancing on my hands, playing on the Gymnastics rings and flowing on the floor like a monkey.

With a beginners mind, I began to seek further education.

I looked for teachers, coaches and mentors that had integrity and results with their methods, and learned from them. Ido Portal, Yuval Ayalon, Mikael Kristiansen, Kit Laughlin, Ryan Hurst; among others.

I dived into different areas of movement and wellness, such as — Gymnastics, handbalance, flexibility practices, inner practices, Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit, sport-specific Strength & Conditioning, anatomy and physiology, physical therapy, recovery and nutrition.

Fast forward to now; 10 years of working in the industry of fitness, health and wellness.

I’ve come to reflect on the idea that the more knowledge and experience I gain, the more I realise how much more there is to know. This is a humbling experience, which keeps me willing to learn and stay innovative.

Through the mixture of education, application, trial and error, I've gained an understanding of the methods that are practical, effective and sustainable to improve people’s movement and quality of life.

The outcome became Shoshin Movement.

The brainchild of all the things I have learned and continue to learn as a student, teacher and practitioner. A curriculum, system of methods and cultivated ideas that are always changing and evolving. A like-minded community where I can help people from different walks of life to create bodies that are strong, resilient, flexible, capable and adaptable, while reducing pain and injury — just as I did.


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Hannah Singleton

Administration & Monkey Movement classes

Bio coming soon...


Annika Klein

Progressive Movement classes

Bio coming soon...


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Justin Whitehead

Progressive Movement & Bamboo Effect classes

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Steve Bobs

Qigong classes

Steve has been teaching and practicing Qigong (universal and I Liq Chuan) and other internal martial arts since 2002, and has traveled the world to learn from many high level instructors.


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Rossi Postler

Yoga classes

Rossi is an advanced Yoga practitioner who has completed 4 levels and over 500 hours of teacher training under Nicky Knoff.

Rossi brings a wealth of knowledge to our Yoga classes in the topics of asana, pranayama, meditation, methodology, philosophy, ethics, anatomy and physiology. 


Rob Gronbeck

Brain Play classes

Bio coming soon...


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