Grandmaster Ladan Homayoon was born and raised in Iran. At three years old, her father began teaching her at his Zoorkhane-an Iranian fitness center. He imparted his extensive knowledge of physical fitness and the philosophy of traditional Persian style martial arts. However, when she was eleven, she was forced to attend the women’s gym because she was a girl. It was there that she started her extensive training as a Taekwondo fighter and competitor.
“I was eleven years old when my father had a stroke which forced him to retire. Even though he lost his own physical strength and athletic abilities, he always strongly encouraged me to stay active in sports and to compete in national martial arts championships. I first began to work as a teacher when I was thirteen, this was around the same time my father's health deteriorated and I became his caretaker. I desperately wanted to help him recover, so I started to develop new exercises and physical therapies to try to improve his condition.
Despite my young age, I delved into the function and movement of the human body. I wanted to know about the importance of the body's organs and their role in pain management. All of this laid my foundation for my keen interest and expertise in physical fitness, pain management and movement therapy. I was seventeen when I lost the person I loved the most in my life. My father left us forever. My hardships and experiences during these years formed not only my character, but also shaped me as an athlete and trainer. This is the foundation on which Harmony Fitness was born.”-Grandmaster Ladan Homayoon."
After Grandmaster Ladan's father passed away, she focused her passion in athletic sports and expanded her involvement as a physical trainer. She became a Taekwondo coach and a physical fitness and harmonious movement instructor. She received her diploma in physical mathematics at the age of eighteen.
In addition, she managed several prestigious gyms in Iran where she became an active participant in sport associations and clubs. At the age of twenty, she was appointed to serve as the director of the Women's Taekwondo Association of Iran. Unfortunately, Grandmaster Ladan found Iran was undergoing political changes and turmoil.
In 2002, she was faced with the decision to leave her country forever and move to Germany. Grandmaster Ladan continued her athletic activities and studies in Information Technology in Hannover, Germany. She is a 7th degree black belt in Taekwondo, and a 4th degree black belt in Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu, Haidong Gumdo and Kickboxing. Between 2000 and 2006, Ladan won numerous silver and bronze medals in European Fight and Form competitions and world Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo competitions. In 2006, she humbly dedicated her victories to her Motherland, Iran.
In 2009, Grandmaster Ladan moved to the United States and created Harmony Dance and Fitness which combines her martial arts expertise with her 30 plus accreditations in health & fitness like yoga, Pilates, aerobics and weight training. Grandmaster Ladan's unique approach to fitness has given her the opportunity to host radio and TV fitness programs. In addition, she's written physical fitness and health articles for many newspaper and magazine publications. Her knowledge of health and fitness has expanded into training seminars for modeling agencies, life coaching, pain management, hypnotherapy, weight loss management and sports therapy. Grand Mater Ladan's Fitness and Healing Club opened in Los Angeles in 2013. It offers a wide range of exercise classes and health and beauty therapies.