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Jean-Luc Martin


I have been very fortunate to have trained and learned from some of the best handstand, hand to hand and circus masters/teachers throughout my travels. There are different techniques to learning any skill and the answer to your technique/skill is hidden in your body. I have found that I acquire a gift in the ability to figure out an individual’s body and help them achieve their handstand goals through proper training/guidance. One of my teachers “Master Lu Yi” calls this their/your needed medicine. Master Lu Yi and I have worked together over the years teaching workshops and have seen wonderful results.

I am very proactive in helping you achieve your goals and training needs. After any workshop or training session, and have had a chance to understand your body, I offer consultation and can put together an on-going training program.

I began my career in the Entertainment field as a circus performer for San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus for two tours. From there it was on to the Cirque du Tonnere , Circus Knie in Switzerland for one tour and the world Famous, Cirque du Soleil. There I was a part of three touring shows, most notably, “ALEGRIA“. As well as being an acrobatic performer with “ALEGRIA“, I created the lead Character of “THE UGLY OLD BIRD”.

I performed in Montreal, Switzerland, France, England, Spain, Germany and extensively, in North America. I had a wonderful opportunity throughout his circus career to learn from some of the top performers and teachers.

I left circus due to an injury in Russian Bar and became a film producer. While I was making films I always found there was a need for people of all ages who wanted to learn circus skills and a couple of years ago I decided to dedicate myself to teaching and have enjoyed sharing the gift of handstands and hand to hand.


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We offer contemporary and traditional circus training and performance opportunities for our youth and adults in a safe, noncompetitive, socially enriching and nurturing environment. With our curriculum we encourage and build on each individual’s strengths and abilities to create a strong, unique foundation for excellence.