Leon is a medical scientist and the founder of 2Mynds. He has a long history of competitive sports and he was a national champion in Judo and a top ranked junior in tennis in the Netherlands. He did not pursue sports professionally, but became a physical therapist and later decided to make a career in health care research. Leon has two PhDs from medical schools and has extensive experience in advising complex decisions in drug development. He still consults on complex projects on behalf of Certara’s division for Integrated Drug Development. As an assistant and associate professor, he taught medical statistics, clinical epidemiology, and research methodology at Kitasato University School of Medicine for a number of years. He guest lectured at Utrecht University as well as various universities around the globe.
From his early twenties to late thirties Leon practiced aikido and iaido intensively. He was particularly interested in the meditative aspects of martial arts. He began to understand that true stillness has nothing to do with sitting still and that the essence of meditation lies in its integration in movement and in everyday functional practice. His ideas ultimately led to the development of the 2Mynds system for mind-body training. Besides his scientific and experiential credentials, Leon is a lifelong learner and he continues to challenge himself in movement and meditation and enjoys learning as much as teaching.