I live in a world divided by religious beliefs, social status, intellectual status, race and gender discrimination, and as many other dividing factors as we can devise, so I like more »
Martial Artist. Filmmaker. Writer. SuperDAD.
Most of my time is dedicated to my children and when I am not a SuperDAD, I write, train, and teach. I am a freelance Filmmaker, and creating meaningful visual stories is a passion I cherish most. Traverse City is where you’ll find me.
When I was about 13 years old, I used to have a massive German Shepard called Rocky. He was just as intense as it was massive, so walking him at night was a safe bet…for everyone.
During one of those nightly walks, I saw a magnificent silhouette moving about space in a way I never saw before. I was fascinated, so I mustered the courage to knock on that window. He was a night guard, a University student, and soon to become my first Sensei.
He took me in as his student, and we trained together for a long time, mostly every night, around Midnight. I was hooked. Sometime in the beginning of our training, he told me that if I can stick to the practice for the first six months, the practice will stick with me for my entire life. I did, stick with it – and I can now say – more than 30 years later – that the PRACTICE did stick with me ever since. My gratitude to him is never ending.
This is how I began my journey through Martial Arts – first in Okinawan Goju-Ryu, and later on in Aikido. Nowadays, I am enjoying being a clumsy student of Taijiquan, and continue to be fascinated by how amazing our brains are – ever capable of learning, if we are willing.
When it comes to vision and dreams, I am pretty “modest.” All I wish for is a world living in peace, centered around a society based on mutual respect, learning, playing and working in harmony with Nature.
My approach to Martial Arts is almost entirely exploratory. I use the movements, the techniques, and the partner work involved, to explore Life, to engage in a study of human interaction, and eventually to learn mutual respect and tolerance as I become more adept at resolving conflicts rather than escalate them.
In that sense, for me, the philosophy of Martial Arts – particularly Aikido – is quite simple: the ABC of Martial Arts means “Attacks Become Conversations.”
I believe that in this simple statement, lies a fundamental human quality, and also the essence of Aikido. In three simple words I can see an entire storyline of human connection. Everytime you will practice with me, this is the motto of my training.
Attacks Become Conversations.
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A spiral has become complete. Over 35 years ago, a young boy full of piss and vinegar yet still very sweet and full of dreams, met his first Sensei, in more »
Oftentimes, “form” is the trick we can use to settle the mind. For a kid (and even an adult) form – or routine, patterned movement – is a safety zone. more »
From my personal experience and practice, acceptance of the stressful circumstances we may find ourselves in is one of the main keys to problem-solving. Attempting to solve a complex problem from more »
Oftentimes, if we focus on searching for Magic in life, we miss the magic of Living.
Oftentimes I read articles and conversations about various Martial Arts, styles, and schools of thought regarding Internal and External practice, and how students and teachers describe their methods, and ways more »
There is an Inner Path Dojo in each and every one of us. For me, this inner space is about learning through movement, through the study of Martial Arts as more »
A tense muscle cannot deliver efficient power (think reaction time, control, strike power, etc). Being relaxed allows your brain to register minute changes in the opponent’s tension – this means more »
The quality of Aikido depends on the quality of the human being practicing it.