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"Here then is a definitive statement of the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido coming directly from one of its most knowledgeable practitioners. I know that it will be an essential resource not only for students of NGA but also for martial artists of any style anywhere in the world."
"Living an integral life means “getting it together” and being “together” rather than being and feeling fragmented. It means thinking, feeling and acting always out of the certainty of your wholeness and never acting out of a sense of disconnection or lack."
M.S.Ed., NCSP, BCIA-C(EEG)
I was born in New York City, in the early 1950’s, and grew up in the Bronx, the first of four children my parents had. I have a brother and two sisters. We lived altogether, my parents, maternal grandparents, sisters and brother, in a small one-family home that my parents and grandparents bought together and moved into a month after I was born. I attended Kindergarten at the local public school, then the local Catholic parochial elementary school (Grades 1-8) and then Cardinal Spellman High School.
After graduating from high school, I attended New York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and from Pace University in 1979 with a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology. As a School Psychologist for 15 years between the late 70’s and early 90’s, I worked with both regular and special education populations.
Besides performing all of the conventional duties of school psychological practice, I was quickly given opportunities to create innovative therapeutic programs that would caringly touch the lives of many more children and teachers than I could work with individually. In 1979, my first year as a fully certified school psychologist, I developed and implemented the first district-wide Affective Education Program in the Mid-Hudson/Catskill Region. In 1982, I established the first Primary Mental Health Project in the region in the Pine Bush, NY school district.
From 1982 to 1992 I was Chief Psychologist and Coordinator of Clinical Services in the Special Education Department at Sullivan County B.O.C.E.S., specializing in providing counseling and consulting services and developing and implementing innovative therapeutic and behavior management programs for emotionally and behaviorally disordered students.
During my college years, I briefly studied the martial art of Tae Kwon Do, and also learned Transcendental Meditation. Though I was keenly interested in both, other priorities caused my involvement in both these practices to lapse for several years. However, in 1983, as the result of a life-changing series of human potential workshops (Actualizations), I was inspired to actualize a lifestyle that has come to be termed an “Integral” practice, to live my life in a way that integrated body, mind, emotions and spirit. It was then that I decided to renew my practice of both meditation and the martial arts with commitment.
In my readings of various philosophical traditions and martial styles, the art of aikido and the practice of Zen Meditation had both impressed and called to me deeply. I was seeking an integrated way of life that would involve body, mind and spirit, and I felt that I had found what I was looking for in these two practices. I began the study of Nihon Goshin Aikido in Middletown, New York, under the direction of Sensei Robert B. MacEwen, Jr., obtaining my first-degree black belt in 1988, and in 2003 was promoted to the rank of San-Dan (Third Degree Black Belt).
I also began the regular practice, first learning Siddha meditation as taught by the successors of Swami Muktananda, and then feeling a calling to the Way of Zen. For several years, I practiced Zen informally from the information I gained from the various popular books on Zen available in those days. In early 1989 I found and was accepted as a student by Hye Seong, Sunim, a Korean Zen Buddhist Monk of the Chogye Order, and abbot of the Catskill Zen Center (Bak Lim Sa) in Summitville, New York. I have been practicing meditation there since that time, and was ordained as a Dharma Teacher (Kor. Bup Sa Nim) in 2000. Since relocating to the Fort Lauderdale area in Florida in the summer of 2006, I have been practicing and teaching with the South Florida Zen Group at the Bo Hyun Sa temple, a Korean Buddhist temple near Fort Lauderdale.
I began my specialization in Biofeedbackand EEG Neurotherapyin 1993, with my colleague, Dr. Mary Jo Sabo, at the Pain and Stress Biofeedback Center in Spring Valley, New York. In 1996 I became Coordinator of Biofeedback Services at Stone Mountain Counseling Center in New Paltz, New York, where I began my practice using the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)under the direct supervision of its developer, Dr. Len Ochs.
Concurrently, I was Director of Program Development for Biofeedback Consultants, Inc. of Suffern, New York, and with Dr. Sabo, was responsible for the development and implementation of the Yonkers Public School EEG Biofeedback Project, the first of its kind in the nation, providing EEG training to over 100 academically and behaviorally challenged students each school year.
Presently, I am practicing Integral/Transpersonal counseling, teaching Integral Aikidoand Integral Spirituality, and making KD Gold™Natural nontoxic soap in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. I have also been an adjunct instructor of psychology at Orange County Community College. My credentials include New York State Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.); New York State and National Certification as a School Psychologist; national certification as an EEG Biofeedback Therapist and as an EEG Biofeedback Trainer/Internship Supervisor from the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America; Advanced Certificate in the use of the Low Energy Neurofeedback System developed by Dr. Len Ochs; The rank of San-Dan (Third Degree Black Belt) in the Nihon Goshin Aikido Association (NGAA).
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