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Old 08-22-2003, 12:30 PM   #1
Jim ashby
Dojo: Phoenix Coventry
Location: Coventry, England
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 303
Is there life outside Aikido?

Hi there Guys and Gals.
I am a member of another forum, completely unrelated to Aikido, namely the musical instrument makers forum (MIMF). I asked a question of the members there "what do you do other than make instruments". Bearing in mind that these guys produce some of the finest guitars and stuff that I have ever seen, the responses were as diverse as they were fascinating. So, what do the members of Aikiweb do when they're not being "human origamists"? I look forward to some interesting insights.
Have fun.
BTW are you still lurking there Bob?

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Old 08-22-2003, 12:47 PM   #2
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 42
This should be an interesting thread.

As for me; I live in Utah for the skiing. I'm not very good, but I love it. I have a degree in Anthropology and Art History. I am a trained archaeologist, but I work in PR and Event Marketing. If I do decide to go back to graduate school, I want to focus on the archaeology of pre-Buddhist Japan or the art history of early Buddhism. I speak three languages, French, Russian and English.

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Old 08-22-2003, 01:30 PM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Madison
Location: Madison, WI
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 37
I mostly lurk, but...

For me, I like to read science fiction. I also am busy with work (software engineer), wife, and six-year-old daughter.

My 18 months of aikido practice has been mostly tolerated. If it was up to me I would likely practice a bit more than 3 times per week.

Hope to hear from more folks...

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Old 08-22-2003, 02:52 PM   #4
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
Hi, in my alternate life I work as a residential real estate appraiser (many years), and am a wife and mom. Don't have a lot of free time, all of it seems to be spent in aikido (even more years). Main interests besides aikido are houses and dogs and going out hiking or bike riding (bent bikes only!).
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Old 08-22-2003, 03:29 PM   #5
Dojo: Methuen Aikido
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 97
Far too much time at work (industrial robotics engineer), rock climbing, scuba diving, reading scifi (or just about anything else for that matter), road biking, playing frisbee with the border collie (they never, ever, stop!), and spending time with the wife and kids (this is not in order of importance of course!)
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Old 08-22-2003, 03:39 PM   #6
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 42
Where in New England do you climb?
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Old 08-23-2003, 12:01 PM   #7
Lan Powers
Dojo: Aikido of Midland, Midland TX
Location: Midland Tx
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 660
Normal life, I suppose....

Two jobs, one wife and kids set, one g-baby (live in with us)

Music, poorly, but enthusiastically played. Full contact armored combat...(SCA)

Competitive fencing... not as much lately due to time and location restraints tho.


Play nice, practice hard, but remember, this is a MARTIAL art!
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Old 08-24-2003, 04:51 PM   #8
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,902
Yes, there is life before, during, and after Aikido.

Professionally, I am a psychotherapist and a writer.

Personally, I am a father and a husband.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 08-24-2003, 05:02 PM   #9
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
Location: Baltimore
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 586
I'm a neuroscientist, doing a post doc in the study of motor control. I recently took up contact improv.

Yours in Aiki
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Old 08-25-2003, 03:32 AM   #10
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,677
For a living I replace/repair interiors on corporate jets.

For fun outside of aikido I:

*read a lot.

*used to do medieval re-creation including the armored combat and fencing thing until work got in the way.

*do some (very) limited wood carving.

*play the bodhran (irish drum) and bones (two pieces of wood that look like rib bones).

*get together with my friends once a week to play games, either table top games like Settlers of Cataan (great game btw) or roleplaying games.

*listen to music. My two favorite bands ever are Oingo Boingo and Jethro Tull. I have almost everything commercially released by both groups.

*have also recently started iaido training.

Other than that it's just normal hang out with my girlfriend and play with our dog stuff.


"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
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Old 08-25-2003, 08:45 AM   #11
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Dojo: Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma,CA
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 834
Seems to be a bit of a pattern developing here...

For a living i make various objects for sale, and contract pearl stringing.

Also i'm an Artists' Model

For fun-

i'm a performer and booth owner at Renaissance Faires, also Celtic Festivals & Music Festivals

i read a lot of Fantasy(mostly) & SF

i dance- from freestlye Grateful Dead type twirly dance to Ballet to Argentine Tango

for personal growth- Buddhist meditation, Aikido, Tai CHi, Concious Embodiment( Wendy Palmer's energy work which is really aikido slowed waaaaaay down, without throws)

and fart around the internet...


"It is not wise to be incautious when confronting a little smiling bald man"'- Rule #1
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Old 09-20-2003, 07:09 AM   #12
Patrick O'Reilly
Dojo: ,Mi.
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 15
Two Arts

My other intrests outside of Aikido are live blues bands and photography. Photography has been a hobby for more than 20 years, mainly black and white inspired by Ansel Adams and Yosef Karsh. Aidido and photography are my two artistic outlets. As a matter of fact one sort of got me interested in the other. When I first got into the martial arts in 1996, Kenpo Karate, I started looking at the MA books in the book store. I really liked a lot of the b&w photos I saw in the books on Aikido. Even though they were still images I could see the flow and grace of Aikido in them. There were some pictures taken that were blurred, on purpose, to really show motion. Say in a throw uke's upper body would be still and their legs would be in motion so they would be blurred. I also saw a lot of smiling faces in the images. I thought "that looks like a lot of fun'. Now that I am training in Aikido (13 months in the last three years) I see the motion and smiling faces in person.

I could sit and watch Aikido all day. I look at it artistically. I hope to put my two hobbies together some day and photograph some Aikido. Since I partiscpate in Aikido I know what to look for in a shot and think could capture the essence of it.

I think one of the things that makes Aikido look so fluid is the Hakama. To me it spells "motion", even when it's still.
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Old 09-20-2003, 10:10 AM   #13
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Dojo: Open Sky Aikikai (formerly the North Winnipeg Aikikai)
Location: Winterpeg, Manisnowba
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 144
Smile Spare time?!

Hmm...let's see...a life outside of Aikido, huh?

I graduated in Spring of 2002 with a BAH in Philosophy, and am currently doing consulting work for Disabled Peoples' International/DPI (http://www.dpi.org), as they have contracted me to be their Volunteer Coordinator.

In my spare time, I do a variety of volunteer work for other organizations: from volunteer speaking engagements on subjects such as Self-Esteem, Body Image/Weight Preoccupation for schools and women's groups (on behalf of http://www.womenshealthclinic.org); to volunteer ESL teaching for new immigrants (at http://www.miic.ca); to online volunteer web and graphic design (for http://www.globalvolunteers.org)

I also enjoy: reading, writing, photography, outdoor pursuits (such as camping, hiking, canoeing --- time usually spent with my husband of almost one year now), the Arts (going to galleries, the theatre, the symphony), cooking and baking, dabbling in handicrafts here and there to make gifts for friends and family, and finally music...I really like singing (but rarely find the time for it these days) and am a fan of Jazz and Blues.

Last edited by jducusin : 09-20-2003 at 10:18 AM.

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"Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead." - Morihei Ueshiba
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Old 09-20-2003, 04:31 PM   #14
Adrian Smith
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Location: Yokosuka
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 55
OK, I'm up:

I read a great deal, compose and produce trance and dark house music, DJ the same in various clubs, scuba dive as much as possible, play didjeridu, and enjoy travel photography (I'm in Korea right now with my cameras, although I live in Japan).

I also like to throat sing (Tuvan style), speak English, French, some Russian, some Danish, enough Japanese for basic conversation, and enough Cantonese to insult someone inadvertantly. <grin>

I'm Scottish by birth, Canadian by upbringing (moved there when I was 11), and American by naturalization (moved to the States in 1996 at the age of 31, got my citizenship October, 2002).

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Old 10-09-2003, 05:51 PM   #15
Jeanne Shepard
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Dojo: Puget Sound Aikikai
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 351
My turn:

When I'm not training, I'm:

working more than fulltime as an Occupational Therapist, working parttime on my Master's degree, and taking figure skating lessons.

Ukemi training helps on the ice.

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Old 10-11-2003, 07:35 PM   #16
Dojo: Nashville Aikikai
Location: Ft Campbell, KY
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 26
Life is Aikido...the World is your Dojo.
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Old 10-12-2003, 04:50 AM   #17
Juho Karppinen
Dojo: Aikiken
Location: Finland
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 5
When I'm not training I mostly wait for my next training session...

And in addition to that I study Finnish language and literature at the university, play the guitar and the drums, listen to music (prog rock and whatnot), read books and play console games.
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Old 10-20-2003, 04:42 PM   #18
Anders Bjonback
Dojo: Boulder Aikikai
Location: Boulder, CO
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 129
When I'm not in aikido or tea ceremony, I'm doing home work, meditating, or talking about aikido and tea. I'm a student at Naropa University, getting a double major in Religious Studies and Traditional Eastern Arts (with a concentration in aikido), which means that the extent of my career possibilies are probably limited to dishwasher and janitor. That is, unless I go onto gradutate work and get involved with translating texts from Tibetan or Sanskrit, or something. I'm really into the traditional Japanese arts, but ones I identify with and focus on the most are tea ceremony (the urasenke school) and aikido.

I'm of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and am interested in pursuing studies in that direction.

There really isn't much else to say about myself. I like anime and currently like two Japanese pop music bands--SMAP and Da Pump. Other than that, my music tastes include opera, techno, western classical, Japanese classical (that is, hogaku), and a tiny bit of punk.

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
--Lilian Smith
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