Martyn & Maaike

Maaike and Martyn lived in an old two-room apartment in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with their infant son Tycho Thelonious and two cats, Gris-Gris and Jotta. After a relationship of four years they married May 19th 2004. Their son Tycho Thelonious was born November 17th 2006. July 30th, 2007 their tomcat Gris-Gris died. Jotta didn't like being alone, so Mingus, a Norwegian/Siberian Forest cat joined the family. Their old apartment is to be renovated October 2008, so they found a new apartment in the city centre - for pictures see the Our New Home gallery in 'People'. They moved into their new apartment in April 2008. Their daughter, Nica Hilke, was born August 20th 2010.

Their shared hobbies are Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu Koryu Bujutsu [Japanese swordmanship], Go [also known as wei-gi], motorcycle camping, and playing with the kids and cats.

Martyn: "I'm a writer of suspense stories and novels [see: amsterdamassassin.wordpress.com] and conflict resolution/self defense instructor [see: preconflictcontrol.wordpress.com]. I read everything I can get my hands on, with a special fondness of writers like Philip K. Dick, Iain (M.) Banks, Vachss, Wiltse, Jim Thompson, Pirsig, Chuck Palahniuk, and Philip Jose Farmer.
Since childhood I collect comics - starting with Andre Franquin, I grew to like graphic novels by artists like Milo Manara, Henk Kuypers, and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud. I have an extensive collection, but I'm not adding new series, just adding to the current ones.
In music I have an eclectic taste; Stanley Clarke, Portishead, Tom Waits, Hank Mobley, Radiohead, Tony Overwater, Talk Talk, Mozart, Miles Davis, Tori Amos, King Crimson, Lou Donaldson, Pink Floyd, Art Farmer, Yes, Lee Morgan, Rammstein, Freddie Redd, Muse, Ludwig Von...
For physical fitness I train in Aikido and Koryu Bujutsu and take several sessions of cardio-training every week. To mental and spiritual fitness I pursue Shiatsu and sharpen my mind with Go. I've recently set up Pre-Conflict Control, teaching people how to prevent conflicts and how to handle the unavoidable ones, including self-defense based on my extensive knowledge of street-fighting and aikido.
I love to go for rides on my R1100GS motorcycle - always adding new stuff to improve the Black Brute.
Everywhere I go, I take my digital camera - I used to loathe photography for the hassle of developing and printing photos, but the digital photographic evolution makes photography cheap and easy to share with others."

Maaike: "After leaving my studies to work as a dental assistant and physical education teacher I picked up my studies of Human Movement Sciences where I left off a few years ago. I finished cum laude, but couldn't find work in my field. After dabbling in a few different jobs, I'm currently working as a software tester with Dutch ICT company Mirabeau.
My music taste varies between bands like Queen, Muse, Pink Floyd, After Forever, Ekseption, and classical music. My main hobby is sports; I like almost all sports, but my time is limited, so I currently focus on field hockey, where I excel as a goalie.
Growing up without pets I really love our two cats, I never expected them to have such a relaxing influence on me.
I'm an avid motorcyclist, currently riding a Suzuki V-Strom 650 Black Rhino, and Martyn's Moto Guzzi with Sidecar to transport our children."