Urvil James "BJ" Villaruel
RYT 500, 4th Degree Black Belt Master (Black Scorpion Arnis), Black Belt (Arnis De Mano/ Balintawak), Black Belt (Nerkin Ouj)
Earning his first black belt in Toronto, Canada, and second black belt in Aklan, Philippines, Urvil James has also studied a diverse array of martial arts disciplines beyond the two that he is recognized in, across multiple different countries, including Hong Kong, Peru, Vietnam and Thailand. From which, he has explored: Karate, Capoeira, Sikaran, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga and Tai Chi. However, despite this eclectic set of martial arts disciplines, Urvil James has always maintained a strong emphasis on only applying the most practical and spiritual components from all styles that he has studied.
In 2016, after completing his Life Cosmic RYT 200 hour yoga teacher certification, he embarked on a 5-month journey with his partner across 12 different countries and 4 continents in search of more specialized martial arts training and greater spiritual understanding. From techniques learned on his travels, guided by intuition and grounded in empiricism, Urvil James has compiled a unique teaching and practice of presence to complement each passing moment; an application he terms, the 'Yoga Of Waking Life'. He is a firm believer in the adage — "all life is a celebration, we've just been at the party so long we've come to forget it," — and prides himself on being an adept Jñāna yogi.