Stepping on the public stage
My name is Rick Berry and I teach Aikido in Wilmington, Delaware.
My dojo is small with about 50 or so regular students. My senior student who is a law professor and I both teach Aikido in separate PE courses at Swarthmore College just across the border in Swarthmore PA. We reversed positions, he teaches a regular class while I concentrate on a beginner's course.
I've been studying martial arts since 1965, starting in Seibukan Karate, switched to Ji Do Kwan in 66 and Aikido in 83. I published a book entitled "Stepping Off the Mat," in 2004 and I'm 68 years old.
My interest in martial arts training is spiritual in nature as I have not been in a physical confrontation in over 55 years. Therefore I've been working on how to apply martial arts principles in everyday life, hence my book, "Stepping" which was written at the request of several students. My primary point of view is we are human beings with the emphasis on the verb "being" and not so much the noun "human." And that is what I teach my students and what I wrote about. Self-mastery and self-improvement using the medium of self-defense.
I also have a keen interest in hand-carving bokkens from exotic woods which I have been working on for several years. This effort really helped mold my instructor's mantra into my being: minimum effort, maximum effectiveness...in living and dancing life. The last five words are mine, not my teacher's.
Last edited by Rick Berry : 12-26-2007 at 04:06 PM.