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I have an extensive background in Japanese martial arts - both classical and modern - and classical Japanese culture. I also study the Japanese language. In the rest of my life, I do biomedical research in cancer biology, vaccines, and immunology.

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I orginally developed an interest in classical Japanese culture while first training in the modern martial art aikido and a classical sword style. My instructor's family encouraged me to take on additional nonmartial studies, including flower arranging, formal tea ceremony, incense appreciation, and cooking. While having left the vicinity of my initial instructor, I have had the opportunity to continue training in aikido, classical Japanese sword styles, and kendo. Likewise, I have continued formal training in flower aranging and tea ceremony. I have over 15 years of experience.


I am a member of the All-Japan Kendo Federation, Urasenke school of tea, the Ikenobo school of ikebana, American and Japanese Aikido organizations, and am formally affliated with one Japanese school of classical swordwork.


I have completed a Ph.D. in immunology.

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Recent Answers from J Richard Seavitt

2011-05-23 Training for speed:

Nishant -    I'm afraid I think you are asking the wrong question.  I'm not sure what "lightning speed" you imagine one can attain, but movies and comic books do not represent the reality of martial arts

2010-03-06 Aikido and Daitoryu Aikijujutsu takumakai:

Damian -    The underlying principles of aikido and classical aikijujutsu are largely similar, though there are of course some specific variations.  I am not convinced that training in two such similar

2007-05-22 Martial arts in Japan:

There's plenty of aikido in Osaka; there's at least a partial list at Aikiweb that's easily searched: <>.  If you are looking for other arts (such as kendo or koryu), your best

2007-04-28 Finding a reputable training facility:

Well, I'm not in that area, but there's a well-maintained dojo search engine at <>.  I plugged in Virgina Beach and promptly got several choices.  The first two

2007-03-03 aikido:

Luke : I like watching Aikido. It's very spectacular. I like the smootheness of its movements. However is it as effective as it is spectacular.    Funny thing is, I'd say that aikido isn't spectacular


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