Sensei Scott (using his last name would be too much trouble for just about everyone) (aka “CondorMan”) first got on the mat for a night of aikido on January 17, 2006 in League City under the instruction of Sensei Raymond Williams. He had previously (about 20 years prior) had one month of Tae Kwon Do at the Gilruth Recreation Center on the Campus of the NASA Johnson Space Center. He’s been on the mat almost continuously since that first night of aikido, with a few short breaks due to minor injuries, some aikido-related and some not.
He is currently working up a demonstration of 75 techniques: all of the techniques from Koryu Dai San No Kata and Koryu Dai Yon No Kata. These are the 3rd and 4th old style katas developed by Sensei Ohba. Once this demonstration has occurred, he looks forward to moving on to Koryu Dai Ichi No Kata and Koryu Dai Ni No Kata (the first and second old style katas, respectively). He believes there is always something to learn, and each class exposes something he has not realized, or something that he has failed to grasp properly previously.
In class, he looks for perfection, to varying degrees. He knows it’s not possible to perfect, but it must be the goal. If you strive for perfection in class, in the stress of a real world situation (where you are guaranteed to be far less than perfect) it will be possible to still achieve functionality.
Outside of class, he is, by profession, a computer programmer, and has been for 30+ years. His hobbies include: woodworking, convention running, photography, chainmaille and reading.