Becoming a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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Prior to opening the Good Health Medical Center in Hollywood, California, Dr. Aramais Paronyan received his MD at the Yerevan State Medical University and completed his residency at UC Irvine. Dr. Aramais Paronyan is also interested in the arts, and he coproduced an Armenian film titled If Only Every One, which was a candidate for best foreign language film at the 2013 Oscars.

The body of professionals who determine nominees and winners of the Oscars are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Becoming a member of the Academy involves fulfilling very particular requirements.

Members of the Academy must be exceptional in their respective fields, as determined by the Academy committee. Membership also requires achieving specific numbers of credits on a professional resume. For example, a writer or director must be credited with a minimum of two films, while actors must have three credited film roles in order to be considered for membership.

In the absence of the necessary credentials, two current members of the Academy can sponsor a potential member, who is then approved or denied by the Academy committee and Board of Governors. However, the simplest way to gain membership to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to be nominated for an Oscar, which grants automatic consideration for membership.

Chinese Kung Fu

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Chinese Kung Fu
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After receiving his medical education in Armenia and completing his residency in Irvine, California, Dr. Aramais Paronyan opened the Good Health Medical Center in Hollywood, which primarily served the surrounding immigrant community. In addition to professional endeavors, Aramais Paronyan, MD, practices martial arts.

Chinese Kung Fu is just one of many styles of martial arts steeped in years of tradition. A centuries old practice, Kung Fu includes 300 fighting styles that originated as a means of self-defense and have their origin in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties (1046 BC-221 BC).

Within the myriad of Kung Fu styles, elements of boxing, weapon skills, bare hand fighting, and kicking are incorporated into this martial art. Three of the more commonly recognized styles of Kung Fu are Shaolin, Tai Chi, and Qigong. The Shaolin style involves short, quick attack-type moves, while Tai Chi is slower and more elegant in movement. Qigong is both a fighting style and a form of exercise that focuses on the mind-body connection.

The Many Benefits of Skydiving

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Skydiving
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Aramais Paronyan, MD, studied medicine at Yerevan State Medical Institute and treated patients for many years in Los Angeles. Dr. Aramais Paronyan has a diverse set of hobbies, including fishing, yachting, and skydiving.

Skydiving is a demanding physical activity that involves throwing oneself from a moving aircraft and falling for thousands of feet at around 120 miles per hour before parachuting to the ground. Though a high-risk activity, it comes with numerous benefits.

Manipulating the parachute involves several muscles in the upper arm, while perfecting the landing requires that the muscles at the lower extremities be toned. Carrying skydiving equipment may also be an exercise in itself given its considerable weight.

Skydiving also has psychological benefits. Because of the extreme nature of the activity, skydivers are required to focus on the situation at hand, which helps them to set aside distractions and the concerns of everyday life. Skydiving also boosts confidence, as it is an activity that not many individuals can push themselves to do.