Loyola University student Daniel Maddalozzo is currently majoring in anthropology and film production. A PADI-certified scuba diver since he was 12 years old, he has dived in many locations across the Caribbean as well as in Hawaii. Also working on his underwater photography skills, Daniel Maddalozzo enjoys scuba diving because it allows him to be involved in the environment and get close to wildlife.

scuba-diver-011The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, or PADI, is a scuba diving training organization that educates individuals regarding diving, the activity’s equipment, and methods of environmental conservation while diving. PADI has trained more than 136,000 PADI professionals at more than 6,200 dive shops and resorts worldwide.

Learning to scuba dive with PADI is done in three different phases. The first phase is knowledge development and involves learning the language and basic principles of scuba diving. The second phase of the training involves confined water dives and scuba skills training. Here students learn to dive into a pool or body of water, set up gear, and practice emergency skills. The third and final phase of training is an open water dive, either locally or on vacation. In this dive, students, accompanied by their PADI instructor, receive the complete beginner level experience.

A Look at Kuk Sool Won

November 20, 2013

A Chicago native, Daniel Maddalozzo attends Loyola University Chicago, where he is studying film production, history, and anthropology. During his spare time, Daniel Maddalozzo practices martial arts. Considering the Korean style Kuk Sool Won his favorite, Daniel Maddalozzo holds the rank of a blue belt.

Martial arts have played an important part in Korean culture for millennia. Until relatively recently, Korea divided its martial arts styles into three forms: tribal (SahDoh MuSool), Buddhist (BoolKyo MuSool), and royal court (KoongJoong MuSool). Each method taught different techniques and utilized different weapons. In 1958, In-hyuk Suh combined all three into a single style called Kuk Sool Won, and it holds worldwide recognition for its comprehensive nature.

People who practice Kuk Sool Won train in multiple areas. Students learn hand techniques, such as pressure-point striking, leg techniques, including specialty kicking, and various types of throws and grapples. The falling and acrobatic components of Kuk Sool Won enhance body protection and agility. Moreover, advanced students can learn proper use of the 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court weapons, which range from spears and canes to jointed staffs and swords.

A student at Loyola University Chicago, Daniel Maddalozzo is majoring in film production, history, and anthropology. Significantly interested in the past and in the natural world, Daniel Maddalozzo spent a summer volunteering as a docent with the Field Museum in Chicago in its Ancient Americas exhibit. This experience also allowed him to participate on a mastodon dig.

One of Chicago’s most notable landmarks, the Field Museum provides visitors with exhibits covering many aspects of natural history and the natural sciences. Named after Chicago notable Marshall Field, it was founded in 1893 as part of the legendary World’s Columbian Exposition. It has expanded and moved locations multiple times since its opening, but remains dedicated to preserving history and educating others about our roots and sources in the natural world.

Its Anthropological Collections are some of its most important. At these exhibits, people can see artifacts from across the entire world and all time periods. The museum houses iron tools from 10th-century Kenya, pottery from prehistoric Brazil, obsidian blades from the Hopewell tribe, and countless other one-of-a-kind pieces. Researchers have used these pieces to enhance the world’s understanding of the cultural and biological development of all peoples. To arrange a trip to the museum, log onto www.fieldmuseum.org.