Being, Essence & Motion is an Aikido memoir of thoughts, ideas and training tips I have accumulated from over 40 years of study, teaching and training. The book is not intended as a training manual. Rather my intent is to shed some light on the internal changes that have been wrought in me as a result of my long term commitment to the study of this Art.
I have grouped my observations into three categories: Being, Essence and Motion. While some entries may easily fall into one or more of the categories, I have done my best to slot each into the category that provides the best fit.It is my hope that anyone reading this book may gain some insight into how the long term study of any discipline can foster personal growth and change
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I began my study of Aikido in 1976, at the age of 29, in a YMCA located in Pittsfield Massachusetts. After many venue changes and dealing with all the ups and downs associated with operating a martial arts school, my wife and I constructed a studio connected to our house where we continue to teach and train to this day.
My other interests include mathematics, landscape painting, weight lifting and computer consulting for individuals and small businesses in my neck of the woods.