Darius has been practising the physical, martial and spiritual disciplines from a very young age.
As a child, he participated in his mother's hatha yoga classes, and he began judo at
10 years old. The philosophy and spiritual teachings of the East have always drawn him,
and he began immersing himself in Daoism, Buddhism and Japanese budo when he was 15. But it is
the 'Ageless Wisdom' teachings, such as Raja Yoga, that are now his main interest, and he teaches
these by correspondence.
Darius's love of the martial arts flowered when he began studying Karate in 1989, and
early on in his karate career he became an assistant instructor. At 20 he became a partner in a
karate school in Johannesburg, where he taught both adults and children. Though it was not his primary interest,
Darius was also a successful competitor and trained with the South African Karate team under Keith Geyer,
and has won gold and silver medals at the SA Championships. He also trained under Stan Schmidt, Norman Robinson, Masahiko Tanaka and the late
Chris Hauptfleisch. But his interest did not stop with Karate, and he has also dabbled in Hong Gar Kung Fu,
Aikido, Kobujutsu and Wushu. His focus in these disciplines was always predominantly on self-cultivation, and
developing an art form and an enlightened way of life, not just on fighting technique.
Due to some personally significant experiences some years later, Darius relinquished his
long-held love of the external arts and began to pursue his inner interests with a more complete dedication.
He began studying Tai Chi in 1997 while living in the UK, but his commitment to the art only matured
when he returned to Cape Town and began studying under Dr. Lin Feng-Chao.
Studying under Grandmaster Lin, Darius has discovered the enormous extent to which our physical motion and activity,
in Tai Chi as well as generally, can be a reflection of the deepest spiritual truths. This has been of such inspiration
that, in 2003, Darius began a 7-year process of writing a philosophical and instructional book on the art of Tai Chi.
He believes that his work explains this profound and deceptively simple subject in a way that has never before been done,
and that makes it clear and accessible for the enquiring modern mind. The writing was completed in early 2011,
and the book is currently being prepared for publication.