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Old 10-11-2003, 01:55 PM   #51
Kevin Leavitt
 
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B.S Biology Chemistry

M.S. Computer Systems Engineering

Hopefully to start PhD in next couple of years in Conflict Resolution.

20 year Military background in Infantry Stuff

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Old 10-11-2003, 03:15 PM   #52
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So, Kevin,

Do you find that your military background has an influence, one way or another, on your views of conflict respolution?

Jeanne
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Old 10-13-2003, 08:45 AM   #53
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Hey, this is a really interesting thread. Thanks for starting it.

As for my qualifications, a BSc major in Genetics and working full time in medical research. I'm glad to know that other science type people are out there and also practioners.

Cheers

The mind wanders but the body stays in the same place.
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Old 10-13-2003, 09:20 AM   #54
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Brandon Cole (bcole23) wrote:
I've always known that Aikido tends to attract the intellectual types.
In New York City I commonly here Aikido refered to as a Yuppie Martial Art by other sylist.
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Old 10-13-2003, 11:39 AM   #55
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As I am undertaking a survey in adherence to Aikido ( for our dojo), and why people drop out, this is an interesting thread as I perhaps should ask who stays in Aikido?!

At 52 I came to Aikido only 4 years ago via Gung Fu when I was 18( for one year), many years of reading about comparative religions and various martial arts and the 5 years of Hapkido ( just before Aikido) which was a serious physical challenge with all the airel work required.

I graduated with a B. Ed. many years ago, following a career in amateur sport when I managed to make the Olympic Teams way back in '72 and '76. After graduation from University , I taught for two years, followed by 19 years in amateur sport as a coach( two Olympics), administration and consultant.

The year after starting Aikido my university position was cut and I spent four months reminding myself that I loved working with people, so I renewed my teaching certification and am now in my fourth full year working/teaching students ( 11 to 14 years of age) who have a history of school "disappointments" and are more hands on and heading to vocational type work.

I have run an Aikido club (with the blessing of my sensei) at my school for the past 3 years.

I plan on practicing Aikido for the next 13 years so I can get a handle on it, and then perhaps start teaching and practice for another 10 -15 years.

Well .............that was long winded!!!!
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Old 10-13-2003, 12:11 PM   #56
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I have an:

--A.S. Legal Assisting,

--B.A. International Studies, and a

--J.D. Juris Doctorate - law. (boo hiss I'm an "evil" lawyer)

I have been studying Aikido for four years, and I'm currently ranked 3rd kyu. My sensei is Peter Bernath, 6th dan, Florida Aikikai, USAF-East.

Anne Marie Giri
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Old 10-13-2003, 01:15 PM   #57
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SB Electrical Engineering, some grad

school for Management of Technology,

worked at a couple computer start-ups, then "retired" to child-rearing and small-town volunteerism. Was never into sports, although in college I was pretty serious about ballroom dancing and that's more physically demanding than you'd expect.

My 12-year old son discovered kenpo karate 1 1/2 years ago at an excellent local dojo and I soon followed in his footsteps since I couldn't just sit there watching. The dojo started offering aikido this past May and I got hooked -- now, aikido's my passion (along with the associated jujitsu class my Sensei teaches so we'll know what to do if we ever get stuck on the mat) but I still enjoy the kenpo. AND, I love ukemi (but that's another thread)!

I wish I'd found aikido YEARS ago ... but then I'd have been frustrated when

I had to stay home with the kids instead of going to classes, so I guess it's working out right after all.
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Old 10-16-2003, 08:17 AM   #58
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BA Philosophy

MsEd Counseling

CAS Counseling

Nice to see the proliferation of philosophic types on this site...

"Common sense does not accomplish great things, simply become insane and desperate." - Lord Naoshige
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Old 10-18-2003, 12:28 AM   #59
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Professional wrestler from age 16 until 22. Cartoon Animator since. No formal degree in any of the Humanities, just an ongoing interest.

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Old 10-18-2003, 04:06 AM   #60
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Sorry been away for a while.

Yes my military background has definitely had an impact on my views of conflict resolution.

If nothing more, than the way anyone's background would have an influence on their personal view/paradigms.

Initially it caused me to really think hard about violence, the causes/motivations.

My martial arts training and eastern studies in philosophy and budo in particular gravitated me toward zen buddhism, and ultimately toward engaged buddhism which I personnal identify with as my chosen philosopical/religious guidance.

My military background guided me to the martial arts. So you see, they are connected.

Of recent events of the current wars which I have been apart of in one way or another. I have grown to see that the issues are very, very complex and that there is no easy answers.

One thing I have garnered is that I know that in my future career in conflict resolution is that I will not be able to change the world, but maybe if I am lucky I can influence others through my teachings and my practices to see the possibilities of peace.

I could go on, but it gets really winded and tangental and I am not sure if I would be answering your question directly.

Let me know if you want me to expound more!

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Old 10-20-2003, 06:42 AM   #61
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Ari,

Fair enough question, sure to bring up some sorts of conclusions.

I am a knuckle dragger. Several, varied non-skilled labor jobs in an effort to feed and clothe my family prior to entering the Military in 1979. Military 1979 to present and beyond??? No accredited degrees. I come from experience, hard knocks, elbow grease and an extensive use of cranial calcification to stationary geologic and masonic structures.

As dull witted as I may be, I have enjoyed a great deal of what I have been privileged to experience. Most of the rest has at least been learning tools. There has been of course some that could only be categorized in the huh? column of life.

Best regards

Alan Lomax
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Old 10-20-2003, 06:51 AM   #62
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Ari,

Fair enough question, sure to bring up some sorts of conclusions.

I am a knuckle dragger. Several, varied non-skilled labor jobs in an effort to feed and clothe my family prior to entering the Military in 1979. Military 1979 to present and beyond??? No accredited degrees. I come from experience, hard knocks, elbow grease and an extensive use of cranial calcification to stationary geologic and masonic structures.

As dull witted as I may be, I have enjoyed a great deal of what I have been privileged to experience. Most of the rest has at least been learning tools. There has been of course some that could only be categorized in the huh? column of life.

Best regards

Alan Lomax
Doumukai Aikido
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Old 10-20-2003, 01:05 PM   #63
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Bsc (Hons) Psychology, dissertation on aikido.

Electives in Japanese culture, poetry, Buddhism and philosophy.

Part time seasonal gardener - 8 years.

Currently Outdoor Education Instructor.

The degree was largely a waste of time except it put me near Leeds Uni Aikido club (Hi Jon), and 20,000 ladies my own age.

I once asked a Japanese aikido friend what she thought aikidoka had in common. Her response was "thoughtful", I think she meant it meaning considerate and more literally as people who think.

I've noticed lots of IT employed martial artists on my travels. My friend and aikido student employed in this field put this down to health (good to balance a sedentary job) and "the Matrix geek factor". Not sure if I agree, and I don't want to offend.

Also a diproportionate number involved in physio/medical areas, but then there has always been a connection between healing and martial arts.

Interestingly many of the senior instructors in England (5th dan+) seem to be employed in practical trades (e.g. carpentry, building) compared to junior instructors and students. This could just be my perception and I've me plenty of exceptions though.

I'll bet there's employment/ academic differences between styles as well.

At the end of the day, I know I'm not the only one with sore knees and that's what really matters.

Mark#

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Old 10-20-2003, 05:41 PM   #64
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Alan,

That's fair. I wasn't trying to 'exclude' anyone. This tread should perhaps include backgrounds in general (I find them just as interesting).

Good point Alan...and thanks to everyone who is replying!

cheers

Ari B.

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Old 10-20-2003, 09:09 PM   #65
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As you can tell by my user name right after high school spent 12 years in the military.

No degree but have taken a few managment classes.

Work on base here in Okinawa. Found Aikido through a video of Japanese martial arts and have loved it ever since.
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Old 10-21-2003, 07:49 AM   #66
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Ok - I'll bite...

B.S. ( and it truly was a lot of B.S. ) in Communications.

Spent 10 years as a dj in Radio.

Spent the last 8 years as a Software Engineer.
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Old 10-21-2003, 12:34 PM   #67
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1/2 way through a BA in Graphic Design at Anglia Polytechnic in Cambridge.

But I'm keeping my options open.

All I want is to earn a living and be able to practice aikido as often as possible, never mind if I don't end up in the graphics industry!
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Old 10-21-2003, 05:00 PM   #68
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I've got a bs in Civil Engineering and work about 11 hours a day in water resources/agricultural engineering. Between that and raising a 1-year-old, I get to train a sacred once per week.

All you people who train 3-4 time a week depress the heck out of me...
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