My name is Matt Green, and I am 18 and live just North of Baltimore, MD. I currently started practicing Aikido will Shell Sensei of Baltimore Aikikai. I also practice Zen Buddhism at the Baltimore Dharma Group Zendo. I became interested in Aikido because I found it related to many of Zen teachings. I also, like its purely defensive approch. I am going to train to become a Merchant Marine in about 6-7 months or so, and I hope I save enough money to join a Uchidoshi program. I am really interested in one that also teaches Zen and Iaido such as the one in San Diego, CA.