A professor of sociology, Professor Levine began studyingaikidoin his 40s, eventually receiving the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt) under theAikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU). Over the years, he served as the conduit by which many young people first discovered and nurtured their interest in the martial art. He was also the founding president ofAiki Extensions, Inc., an organization that networks and supports individuals involved with “off-the-mat” aikido applications.
I actually started studying aikido the year before I met Professor Levine as an exchange student to Waseda University, however my time with him proved very influential on my training overall. It was through him that I was introduced to the teachers and schools that have informed my aikido to this day: Kevin Choate, Marsha Turner, Wendy Whited, Joe Takehara, etc. He will definitely be missed.
A service in memory of Professor Levine will be held at 1:00 pm on April 9 atKAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60615.