Throwing punches in a church basement. An neighborhood joint article in the New York Times about Kokushi Budo Martial Arts school in NYC
Michael grew up in Somerville, MA, outside of Boston, as a big Patriots and Red Sox fan. He spent a year in Japan learning Japanese and re-learning judo on the mean mats of Tokai University. He attended college down the street from his house at Harvard University, and earned a degree in Linguistics – which he still loves to talk about at any time.
Michael has had some interesting jobs: as a dating/relationship blogger, hypnotist’s assistant, and Japanese TV news producer. That last job brought him all over the Americas covering breaking news – but most importantly brought him to live in NYC, his new love and favorite place to be, followed closely by New Orleans, Kauai, and Rio de Janeiro.
Michael now works in content strategy and public relations for a tech-focused agency near Madison Square Park. That means he gets to write for a living, and doesn’t have a job that involves a tip jar!
Feel free to get in touch at any time with any questions, comments, to practice or teach him some new languages, or to grab lunch if you’re in the area!
Also check out his NYC haiku page
and this Brilliantly written article about judo.
When David isn’t at the dojo diligently honing his Judo techniques in the adult’s class, you may find him creating music with his Viola in hand. For those of you who don’t know, Viola is a musical instrument, which serves as the middle voice of the Violin Family. The Viola is tuned a fifth below the violin and an octave above the cello.
David Derrico started playing the violin and the Viola when he was 4 years old and persisted throughout his lifetime to a place where he has had the opportunity to play worldwide (for instance, Korea, Czech Republic, Prague, and Greece)
Here are some of his musical accomplishments.
Winner of Philadelphia International Music Festival concerto competition
FSMTA String concerto competition (with the opportunity to preform with orchestra)
Multiple time winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music competition
Played on Major motion picture soundtracks
Head of strings for the Manhattan Music Festival (MMF) Summer 2014
Attended summer music festivals Music Academy of the West, Philadelphia International Music Festival and the Ameropa Festival in Prague
Teacher, ringer and mentor for the MSM precollege division
Greatness is upon us! David also has his sights set on achieve excellence in the sport of judo. If you see him around the dojo, please say hi. He is very friendly and open to teaching you what he knows!