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Scott Van Camp

Scott Van Camp has been involved in martial arts since the age of seven. This has been a life-long journey which has taken him from student to competitor and finally, to teacher/coach.

While he has enjoyed competing in judo, karate, boxing, and Muay Thai and also spent 7 years providing private and club security in New York, Hawaii, and San Diego; his true passion is in supporting others in reaching their martial arts, self-defense and overall life goals. Over the past 15 years, he has been fortunate to have worked with many Muay Thai students in both individual and group training (participants ranging from school children, to corporate executives, competitive fighters, and even the US Marine Corps).

Much of his competitive fighting was done following a very serious spinal surgery. He has lived his life engaging the philosophy that although we may not choose our circumstances; we are always able to choose our attitudes. This practice has supported him through 24 amazing (and equally-challenging) years working with severely at-risk youth, as well as the completion of his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and subsequently, licensure as a clinical therapist.

He has worked in some of the most dangerous areas in California and Hawaii (as well as a detention facility in New York) and has been fortunate to have learned a great deal regarding human behavior and safety in the process. He has truly thrived in these often-adverse environments, and has even forged meaningful, life-long relationships in neighborhoods where outsiders would be fortunate to simply survive.

Scott’s work as a therapist extended to private practice as well, where he has seen working artists, musicians, and competitive fighters.

Scott believes that the outcome of many confrontations are decided prior to the actual engagement of the participants and in many cases, avoidance of conflict is the optimal goal. In this manner, one’s relationship with their own emotions, mental state, and surroundings and how these factors impact the ability to be present, may have a significant bearing on the choices we make regarding our personal safety. This concept even holds true for the competitive fighter whose goal is to overcome an opponent.

To be purposeful is to be aware of your surroundings, aware of your mental and physical states, to train mindfully and practically, and to engage in an individualized and balanced regimen of self-care.


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