Francois Du Bois

Francois Du Bois-French marimbist,composer and inventor of the Dubois Method.

Martial Arts

My martial arts experience starts at 11, with the practice of jujutsu at the National Police. I was the only kid among other professionals. Then, at 14, my passion switched to the Aikido, where I met Master Yoshinobu Tamura, the disciple of the creator of this discipline, Grand Master Morihei Ueshiba. Master Tamura inspired me to become one day an Aikido master. Yet, a grave car accident put an end to this dream.

Years passing by, I enjoyed various kinds of conventional sports, yet they were all just means to “spend” my energy and nothing more. I encountered the Chinese Martial Arts in 2003, attracted by the focus put on the body and on the spirit, then specialized my training in especially the Bagua from 2005. In 2007, I decided to leave for Wudang (China) for three months, the Mecca of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts. I wanted to take some distance from my everyday life and master more deeply what I have been training for years.

After my return from China to Japan, I created WIMA (Wudang Internal Martial Arts Academy) with the support of the martial arts school in China, Wudang Taoist Kungfu Academy, where I have been trained. WIMA officially became the Japan Branch of the Academy in Wudang in April 2009. In July 2009, I received the title of “International Successor of Wudang Internal Martial Arts” as the 1st foreigner in the history of the Academy.

Martial arts give me so fruits in my life today. It influences everything in my life, including the Dubois Method, who has never stopped its evolution.