What is it that you would like to mentor?
I would like to mentor or assist anyone else who is mentoring in the Body Energy Arts and Eastern Philosophy/Spirituality, which in my opinion can very often go hand in hand.What do you think qualifies you for this position?
In terms of the Body energy arts, I have been studying the combat art of Budo-Taijutsu (Under the Bujinkan Ogransiation) for 6 years and am currently 1st Dan and a teaching assistant in my current club and have been given the green light by my instructor to set up shibu of my own at Lancaster University in September of this year, under the guidance a 7th dan Shidoshi. Budo deals with both qi and sakki (two different energies according to Budo's perspective, the latter being used usually mainly by select Japanese arts as far as I am aware) but runs along side other Japanese arts like aikido in respect to qi and Kiaijutsu, although obviously has its own twists. I am currently dabbling in Tai Chi Chaun, but have no real means of the assesment of my progress here, I regret to inform. I have also studied Judo practically and enjoy researching about a plethora of other styles and systems. I have also reserached a fair bit into qi gong and body energy related areas. They all have relating themes
Along side the stuyding of this Japanese art I have made it my Job to understand its roots and thus have read extensively into many traditions and philosophies from Japan, spanning all the way back through China to their origins in India. I studied these topics in school and out school in my spare time and I will continue to study this in my free time, untill I begin my degree course in Lancaster on Eastern philosophy and religion in september.
What experience do you have in this/these field/s?
Obviously a lot of the points above apply, but just to add a little more; I have recently spent 3 months in Japan, to get to grips with it's language and culture, which is vastly different and creates a totally different mindset in comparison to the western mindset. Experiencing Japanese cluture at such an immersive level really ties everything in together and helps you to understand what effect their spiritual and martial traditions had and still have on their culture today.Explain the potential ploy with the use of birds in a candy commercial.
I'm now convinced that someone on the staff works in an advertising agency and is attempting to get all the applicants to churn out ideas for a brief before their next deadline. Shame on you evil staff members! The real ploy is in getting us to do your work for you!Do you have any experience from similar position?
Martial arts teaching assistant, to adults and children. I guess people mentor each other all the time at different stages in their lives, I have given advice (as well as taken) from numerous people in my life time, I am no stranger to it.Do you feel you are able to work well with a team, and why?
I have and have had no real quarrel with any staff members or fellow mentors here, I can work well in any team (even one that I may be at odds with) and especially so here.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be, and why?
I would be a Peregrine Falcon, for they are becoming ever rarer and are the swiftest bird on the planet....and they look cool.
Is there any other information you feel is relevant to taking on this position and you would like to mention?
I look like a Hobbit? Does that help?
I would also like to add that (well, more of a request, if that is allowed), Talyn and Staff permitting, to mentor along side Talyn, I feel from our conversations he really knows his stuff about both areas I have applied for and think it would benifit us both and those who apply, in my humble opinion. After consideration I would also like to add that I studied psionics under an ex-veritas member for a fair while, but I do not wish to apply to mentor in said area.What do you feel does/would spiritually satisfy you?
Watching steam rise from a kettle, watching realisation of truth and happiness coming to a fellow human being and for them then to wish realisation of my truth and happiness to come to me. Whatever those realisations may be.