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Old 09-15-2003, 02:58 PM   #1
Ari Bolden
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What's your background?

This thread isn't about Martial arts background, but rather post secondary background.

I have found many aikidoka with philosophy degrees (like myself). Are we drawn to such areas because of aikido or vice versa?

Just curious why (no pun)...

What's your degree in? (besides a degree in school of life or hard knox... grin)


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Old 09-16-2003, 07:36 AM   #2
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Dojo: Jikishinkan Dojo
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Bachelors in Electrical Engineering Technology.

Wiccan pre-dedicant.
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Old 09-16-2003, 08:00 PM   #3
Dojo: Aikikai Dobunkan/ Icho Ryu Aikijujutsu
Location: Indiana
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I studied psychology, interpersonal communication, and Japanese. My degree ended up being Interpersonal Communications with a focus in Industrial Communication.
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Old 09-16-2003, 11:26 PM   #4
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Hmmm...I started out as a Journalism student and English major and eventually ended up with an Honours BA (BAH ) in Philosophy.

Hey Ari --- where did you go to school?

More grist for the mill --- other folks in my dojo are: BA in English (Sensei), BSc in Mechanical Engineering (my husband), BA in Music, and one gentleman is currently completing his Phd in Clinical Psychology.

Incidentally, (career-wise) we have a lot of students who are (or were) musicians...

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Old 09-16-2003, 11:49 PM   #5
Dojo: Aiki Shoshinkan, Aiki Kenkyukai
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Ba Econ Accounting & Finance.

I just wanted how to learn how to twist people when they don't give me my Cashflows.

Ikkyo - thats one for the numerically challenged people out there!

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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Old 09-16-2003, 11:55 PM   #6
Clayton Kale
Dojo: Nihon Goshin Aikido Academy
Location: South Carolina
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BA Print Journalism and a few hours shy of a BA in American History.

"Pefect practice makes perfect." -Steven A. Weber Godan Nihon Goshin Aikido

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Old 09-17-2003, 12:03 AM   #7
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B.A. in Psychology & Philosophy

M.A. in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling

Ph.D. in Psychology

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 09-17-2003, 01:59 AM   #8
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Jamie...I got my phil degree from UVic...Studying master in conflict resolution....



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Old 09-17-2003, 02:22 AM   #9
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Left school at 16 with minimum qualifications. Been working successfully as a computer engineer for twenty two years.



A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
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Old 09-17-2003, 02:37 AM   #10
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Hi Ari,

interesting post! I have been interested in philosophy since about the age of 15 (and I'm a big proponent of philsophy being a required subject at school esp. for those wishing to do science). However I didn't do it as a degree since I was unsure whether I would get work afterwards! (I would be interested to know what you do as a job now) - instead I went into science and now work as an environmental scientist.

Other students do seem to be quite interested in philosophy or at least ethics but I'm not sure they have a particular level of education or particular profession. I think much of aikido is started due to recommendation from a friend (I used to go to a club where there were lots of builders).


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Old 09-17-2003, 02:40 AM   #11
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I'm a Datamatician (two-year education for systemdevelopers) and I have a bachelordegree in Information Sciences. I'm currently writing my master thesis in Information Sciences, but it might be under way for quite some time what with all the aikido I need to do besides being a dad and a full time systemsdeveloper......

Oh by the way - I'm also a musician - albeit not for a living, but as a hobby.

In our dojo we actually have quite a few with a background in computing of some sorts.

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Old 09-17-2003, 09:19 AM   #12
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BS with major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Working towards MBA with emphasis in Conflict & Negotiation Strategies.

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Old 09-17-2003, 10:02 AM   #13
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United Kingdom
Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (I'm so old it didn't have degree status)
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Old 09-17-2003, 11:05 AM   #14
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I have 2/3 of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA -- also known as a Bachelor of f…sorry), which is why after realizing that I WOULD be a starving artist -- I went into computers. Simple little Diploma in Computer Programming I'm afraid (cause I have had far to much work over the years to ever consider more).

It's interesting that there are so many philosophy and psychology majors in Aikido, but maybe it's not based as much on compatibility as saturation. The year I left University (1991), Psych. Grads were 20-1 to Fine Arts (and 10-1 to engineering and other faculties). Now a day though, the majority of young people (and not so young people) are in some sort of computer related field (Comp Sci., Computer Engineering, Tech-College degree, etc.).

I'm curious. Where does one find a job with a BA in Phil. Or Psych.? A doctorate I can see, but a BA? Or was it just more of a mind-broadening experience than a career choice?


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Old 09-17-2003, 11:07 AM   #15
Mark Barlow
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B.A. in Mass Communications with a minor in Psychology. Librarian for almost 20 years.
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Old 09-17-2003, 11:38 AM   #16
Dojo: Aikido Center of South Texas
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Started out in Pharmacy School at University of Houston, Then finished with a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics.
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Old 09-17-2003, 12:00 PM   #17
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i'm working on an IT degree right now, and working as a web developer.

also a musician for fun, and enjoy cars.


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Old 09-17-2003, 12:30 PM   #18
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I decided at a fairly early age that I wanted to go into something physics-related. Many years and much studying later, I'm now a researcher with a PhD in Geophysics. Lots of computer-based work of course, but plenty of cool fieldtrips too.
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:09 PM   #19
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B.A. Psychology

B.A. Philosophy

M.Ed Elementary Education

I taught for a couple years but am now a web developer... the irony.
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:27 PM   #20
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After reading the latest posts, it is amazing how similar some paths are. Mike Ellefson of midwest aikido and I share very similar backgrounds (see midwestaikido.com and veritasweb.com)

As for "what does some do with a BS in Phil?" I decided to obtain my degree in phil because I enjoyed the experience of learning. Getting a job was a whole other matter...My phil degree has lead me to:

1)5 years in radio (management and dj)

2)8 years in hospitality/nightclub business

3)2 years in the movie business (various)

4) 3 years as a certified private investigator and run my own business called Veritas Services, which specializes in 3 areas: Security (training and PI work), web design (I see a lot of web developers on board), and teaching self defense (almost 6 months now at my studio!)...

Many gen xers like my self had to create our own work instead of waiting around for it.

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome...

Cheers my friends..


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Old 09-17-2003, 02:39 PM   #21
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B.A. in Biology with Chemistry minor and Secondary Education.

M.S. in Biology (Host Resistance Research)

Yeah, Ari and I kind of tread the same path.

Hopefully, we'll bump into each other soon.

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Old 09-18-2003, 08:01 PM   #22
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B.A. Sys. Info


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Old 09-18-2003, 09:34 PM   #23
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BA in Classical Archeology and History

working on my MA in Museum Studies
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:45 PM   #24
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
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Clayton, I've got a good friend who lives in the SF area who is teaching at Stanford with a degree in Classical Anthro, and she's an aikidoka! where are you training? I'll let her know there's another person in the area with a similar background....
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Old 09-18-2003, 11:22 PM   #25
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Well I've been looking at dojo for the past month or so, though I think I'll stick with Suginami for a while starting pretty soon.

Give her my regards!;-)
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