Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Member Profile: Michael Donnelly

Michael Donnelly Sensei's interest in Japanese culture began with his exposure to the Japanese art of aikido at the New Jersey School of Aikido in 1976, while in the U.S. Navy. He is now a third-degree black belt in aikido, affiliated with the Shudokan Martial Arts Association. In addition, Mr. Donnelly is a Senior Advisor with the Shudokan Martial Arts Association, and he has served as its General Manager in the past.

Donnelly Sensei, while primarily interested in budo (martial ways) in Japanese culture, is also interested in the history of medical ethics in China and Japan and their legal and philosophical interactions with Western medical ethical models and practice. He has expanded his martial arts background to include dabbling in Tai Chi Chuan and Arnis.

Mr. Donnelly lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Jayne. He has worked as a New Hampshire attorney and, in many hospitals in multiple states, as an ASCP certified pathologists' assistant. While not the legal counsel for the SMAA, he often serves as an unofficial legal advisor.