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Be Still. Listen. Observe. Explore. The Inner Path begins within, revealed by each intention turning into a choice.

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Martial Artist. Filmmaker. Writer. SuperDAD.

About Me

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.

My Story

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.

My Dreams

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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