Luke Kay - Open Water Swimming

Luke Kay is a practitioner of open water swimming. This is a sport that not many people know or have the means to get familiar with. It can take a whole lot of specialized training to get up to speed. Fortunately with some solid advice and the right plan, the track can be somewhat shorter.

Training in a pool is one of the best ways. Just know that open water swimming can be a bit of a shock to the system if you’re not fully ready. The pool is a great place to prepare for open water in the comfort of your own pool through a number of key points.

First, know that the pool provides an opportunity to improve your stroke technique. It is vital to be comfortable with your stroke when you are planning to swim a long distance. Front crawl is the style of swimming that most competitors use, so it makes sense to perfect that. Know that even if you know this stroke the opportunity to improve, make a few tweaks to your front crawl technique could make huge differences to stroke efficiency in the water.

It could save valuable energy for that final last stretch in the heat of a race. Strive for greater efficiency in each training session and develop a backup stroke so that you can recover in the midst of a race. You can also get used to the distance and develop the confidence you need to go that distance without a problem. Rhythm, technique, efficiency, and breathing are all things you can learn and perfect with the aid of a pool.

University Professor of Honors Spanish & French

Luke Kay is a university professor of honors Spanish and French. This means he has quite a bit of responsibilities in regards to the direction of the department he works in and he has a long history of greatness in achieving the honors level. These are two of the ‘romantic’ languages and they have a history of dominance in the world that dates back to several points in global history throughout the ages which continue on until today. Structuring a program in today’s modern world of language and university studies is not as simple as teaching people another language.

There is a whole world of context and structure that needs to be introduced and that includes everything about that culture that produced the language because the context of language is important in learning it practically and learning it well. One needs to look no further than to look at the example of Mexican Spanish versus that of Spain to see that there are many differences that are based on the history and culture of the Mexican story. Likewise, in a country such as Haiti where French is spoken, their language, their tone, their vocabulary includes different words, accentuations and informal elements that aren’t typically found in France at all. That is because of the unison of French and the native language there and again it is tied to their history.

These and other elements make being a part of an immersive and effective language program a matter of including so many aspects of language that a program must include them at every level possible. Being a part of an honors program indicates that this has been a focus throughout his career.

Genocide Causes

Luke Kay is a big supporter of causes that recognize the Armenian Genocide, as well as those that work to prevent future genocides. The fact of the matter is that in human history there are a number of tragic events that played out that resulted in the genocide of millions of people. He is a specific supporter of the recognition of the Armenian genocide which occurred about 100 years ago. There are countless examples of genocide over the years, typically they have happened in support of various political figures throughout history. Hitler is one of the most glaring examples and his attempt to exterminate the Jews would have probably been successful if it not were for the brave men and women that intervened in the worldwide global event known as World War II.

Communism has killed over 20 million people in the twentieth century alone. In fact a variety of related political causes have been the root of genocide that make up that figure. Socialism, fascism, and other extremist regimes have been instrumental in executing this over the years. The dictator Pol Pot is an example. The adulation and unquestioning devotion to Chairman Mao killed many Chinese citizens. Today, there is extreme danger in many parts of the world and again we are witnessing the forces of ISIS slaughtering Christians and anyone who does not submit to their radicalized idea of Islam. The rise of ISIS and how it arose in the void of American military victories is a point of contention that will no doubt be debated for a long time to come. The argument may be moot however because what people know about ISIS will probably not be how it came to be, but what they do which is already on the way to a history of genocide. It would be great to prevent that, even though it has already begun.

Luke Kay’s Armenian Ancestry a Story of Disruption and Violence

Almost 1,500,000 Armenians currently live in the U.S., primarily in the Los Angeles area. Glendale, California is a center of Armenian American life, as well as the northeastern urban corridor. The first wave of Armenian immigration to the United States took place as a result of the Hamidian massacres in the 1890’s, and the attempted genocide of Armenians in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire. The second wave of immigration occurred from the 1960’s to the 1980’s as a result of political instability in Turkey, Iran and Lebanon, and also due to Armenia’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Luke Kay’s ancestors immigrated to America during the Ottoman Genocide of 1915.

The Armenian National Committee of America and the Armenian Assembly of America work for recognition of the Armenian genocide, while the Armenian General Benevolent Union financially supports and publicizes Armenian culture and the teaching of the Armenian language. Luke Kay is heavily involved with DASHNAK, the Armenian organization par excellence promoting the culture and language of his forebears throughout historical Armenia, including Turkish-occupied Western Armenia, while hunting down perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide and bringing them to justice.

Historically, the first recorded Armenian in North America was Martin the Armenian, a tobacco grower who settled in Jamestown, Virginia in 1618. In the 1600’s, two Armenian silk growers form the Byzantine Empire came to Virginia to raise silk worms. Even as late as the 1700’s, only seventy Armenians were settled in the colonies. Muslims persecuted Christians throughout the Ottoman Empire in the 1800’s, and a small wave of migration occurred, with many Armenians coming to the U.S. for a higher education. Massacres of Armenians drove a major wave of immigration by Armenians to the U.S. in the 1800’s, long before the persecution of Luke Kay’s ancestors in the 1900’s.

The History of Armenians (like Luke Kay) As Second Class Citizens in the Ottoman Empire

Armenians under Ottoman rule since the 15th and 16th centuries were treated as second class citizens. Although the three religious groups of Armenians (Armenian Apostolic, Armenian Catholic, and Armenian Protestant) were allowed to rule themselves as self-established “millets” (nationalities), over three million Armenians were widely persecuted through over taxation, robbery, kidnapping, and forced Islamic conversion by Turks and Kurds, persecutions continuing today. Although an ancient Muslim system allowed non-Muslims property, employment and choice of worship, building new worship venues was forbidden, resulting in religious ghettos, clusters of Armenians around existing churches.

Over 70% of the Armenian population lived in poverty outside of urban areas. Armenians were forbidden to own weapons, ride horses or camels, testify against Muslims, and or ring church bells. Despite pressures from major European countries like England, France and Russia to reform treatment of Christians in the Ottoman Empire in the 1800’s, the majority of the Muslim population disagreed with equal treatment for Christians. The ethnic memories of Armenians like Luke Kay of the centuries of injustice lead them to work for justice today.

The major European powers threatened armed intervention into the Ottoman Empire in 1856 to protect Christians. Negotiations were begun, while Armenian leaders continued to lodge complaints with the Ottoman government and European countries of widespread "forced land seizure ... forced conversion of women and children, arson, protection extortion, rape, and murder". These outrages reverberate with Luke Kay and fellow Armenians today. A war with Russia in 1877 saw Russia defeat the Turkish army and occupy eastern regions of Turkey, with devastating massacres of Armenians by the underhanded machinations of Ottoman Turks.

Luke Kay’s Armenian Ancestors Celebrate a New Floridian Life

The I-95 corridor from Boston to Miami has numerous colonies of Armenians in FL, from Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale. It was to Florida that Luke Kay’s ancestors came in the long and painful progress from the violence of the Ottomans. Armenian Apostolic Churches established by Armenian communities sprouted up in Miami and Boca Raton. Armenians have achieved great success not only in business and sport, such as the athletic accomplishments of Garo Yepremian for the Miami Dolphins, but also in medicine, science, law, and politics (former Governor Deukmejian of California). Luke Kay of Florida is especially proud of an Armenian commemoration in Miami/Dade surpassing anything found in Armenian communities in Boston or Philadelphia. In the middle of downtown Miami/Dade is landmark Armenia Avenue, proudly announced to one and all with its own traffic signs and identifying markers. Originally, Armenia Avenue in Miami/Dade is actually “Armina,” named after the cigar factory formally lining this original street in Miami/Dade. Luke Kay is proud to see his ethnicity named for a major Miami/Dade street.

The New American Armenian Injects Goals Into Luke Kay’s Native Armenia

Babken DerGregorian from Glendale, California, a thriving Armenian community, has received his citizenship in Armenia. This gives Americans like Luke Kay a lot to consider. Babken is the son of Armenians from Iran, and works with human rights organizations in local politics. Adrineh Gregorian is from Los Angeles, a filmmaker whose great grandfather was deported twice, ending up in the Syrian Desert. One of the lucky ones, he was rescued and taken to Beirut, then moved to Tehran. Adrineh works in health education training and producing films empowering women. This diversity of American Armenian talent thrills Luke Kay and his fellow emigres.

Edward Avedisian donated $8 million toward the building of the American University of Armenia. Eduardo Eurnekian has invested in Armenian agriculture and wine growing, as well as contributing to the building of the Yerevan airport terminal. Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian of Fresno, California has contributed over $1 billion to Armenia to develop the infrastructure of the country. Kerkorian’s ancestors emigrated from Anatolia before the deportations and massacres of 1915. Sam Simonyan of Dallas, Texas has contributed over $40 million to create the Tumo Center, a high tech training facility for teens in Yerevan.

American Armenian Vasken Kalayjian is an experienced advertising and public relations executive and wants Armenia to move beyond its obsession with recognition of the massacres as a genocide. “If you haven’t noticed, nobody gives a damn,” he told an audience at the United World College in Dilijan, a spa town in northern Armenia – a new institution sponsored by diaspora Armenians from Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine. “For 100 years, you’ve been trying to convince Turkey and the United States to accept the Armenian genocide, and how far has it gotten you?” Yet Luke Kay insists absorbing this new outlook on Armenia’s future will not deter world recognition of the Armenian Genocide.