Today’s guest is Stephen Rasmussen. Stephen has 30 years experience in martial arts, and first trained Karate under the widely respected Sensei Ron Fagan in Nova Scotia, Canada (my episode with Sensei Fagan is episode #2 if you haven’t yet listened).
Today’s guest is Stephen Rasmussen. Stephen has 30 years experience in martial arts, and first trained Karate under the widely respected Sensei Ron Fagan in Nova Scotia, Canada (my episode with Sensei Fagan is episode #2 if you haven’t yet listened). In his early/mid-twenties, Stephen had the feeling that there’s much more to life than settling down in Canada at that point in his life. And so, in what was originally going to be the typical backpacking trip throughout Europe has now turned into 20+ years of living in various countries in the continent. Throughout his travels, Stephen has continued to grow as a martial artist (now focusing mainly on the art of Silat, which we’ll get into) as well as a photographer and now also a commercial actor. Stephen has always been an artist at heart, and throughout this interview, we delve into how his love of art and curiosity with performance has allowed for the organic outgrowth of his passions. More specifically, we touch on why he decided to stay in Europe, the art of Silat, his passion of photography and newfound interest in acting, and also what it’s like to be living in Spain during the Pandemic.
00:03:13 Growing up in Canada
00:08:23 Beginning martial arts and karate
00:17:55 What makes a great martial artist
00:22:36 Personal expression through art
00:25:40 Art of Silat
00:47:28 "You are not that thought"
00:52:53 Philosophy around teaching martial arts
00:56:40 His guiding word of the year
01:00:35 Advice for people starting their martial arts journey
01:10:39 Why he decided to move to Europe
01:15:52 New perspectives he's gained from living in different countries
01:25:43 Journey to photography
01:31:56 Flow state in photography
01:43:17 Thoughts on Photoshop
01:52:17 Getting into acting
02:01:29 Living in Spain during the Pandemic
02:19:50 What his days look like now
02:22:44 His driving force
02:30:18 How can people tap into their creativity