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Study Abroad - From the world to WASEDA -

Charles Bourgault

From America to Waseda

Mr. Corey Myers
School of International Liberal Studies, Foreign Exchange Student

Coming of the martial artist Corey!

Corey is a foreign exchange student from the famous Georgia Institute of Technology, located in the south of the United States of America. Corey is currently studying at the School of International Liberal Studies. He majors in exercise physiology and mechanical engineering, but also minors in Japanese studies and speaks fluent Japanese. On top of all this, he is a dedicated martial artist who placed 3rd at the 2005 Taido World Championships.

When Corey was 5 years old, his parents, who had grown tired of Corey's mischief, enrolled him in a Taido school in Atlanta. "At first, I was surprised that the instructor carried a bamboo sword even though he was teaching Taido," say Corey. Corey was immediately enamored with the body balance which is vital in Taido, and since that day he has spent 17 years training in Taido.

Why Japanese?

"Ever since I was a child, I felt drawn to the Japanese that was used during practice at the school in greetings and etiquette." Corey's interest in Japan grew when he visited Okinawa, which is the root of Taido. "I have a lot of required courses in mathematics and science at college. I began to study Japanese for fun and as a way of relaxing."

After a short period of foreign study at Fukuoka University in 2006, Corey felt that he wanted to further pursue his studies of Japanese and aimed to become a foreign exchange student. Corey decided upon foreign study at Waseda with the intention of concentrating on Japanese studies, and he is currently studying courses in the School of International Liberal Studies and Japanese. "The courses in which I am enrolled cannot be transferred toward credits for graduation when I return to America. However, what I have learned in Japan has a greater meaning than mere credits."

A warrior and a scholar, aiming to become a researcher in the future!

Corey cooks for himself at the dormitory, but he is at home with Japanese cuisine and enjoys natto and horse sashimi. Corey is a member of Daido-Juku, Waseda's multidisciplinary martial arts club, and participates seriously in practice. Corey practices Taido for 2 or 3 hours a day. He has visited various schools through introductions of friends and former teachers, making many friends through Taido schools. He was invited as a guest participant in the All-Japan Martial Arts Tournament, which was held in Sendai on June 7th. When asked about his plans upon returning to America, Corey says, "I will revert back to a lifestyle of intensive study in order to graduate from college. In the future, I would like to be a researcher at a university." We are sure that Corey will certainly become a famous researcher.

*Taido: A martial art with roots in Okinawan karate.

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)