Aikido-Inspired Conflict Resolution - July 2012

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Delve into the philosophy and practice of Aikido
and gain practical tools to help resolve everyday conflicts.

Saturday afternoon, July 21

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon exploring how Aikido, "the martial art of peace," can help you put the experience of non-violent conflict resolution into your body.

This unique collaboration between RNW and Two Rivers Aikikai blends physical activities, principles of Aikido, and discussion of day-to-day conflict situations. Participants will:

  1. Gain greater awareness of your responses to conflict.
  2. Practice being more centered, connected, and fluid in your interactions.
  3. Experience alternatives to “fight, flee, or flop” that can allow you to better meet both your own goals and the other person’s.
  4. Notice how your non-verbal signals can influence the escalation or diffusion of tension during conflict.
  5. Explore 10 Aikido principles for everyday conflict resolution.
  6. Have fun!

Experience with Aikido is not required, and this workshop is accessible for many different abilities. There will be no throws, pins or falls except in the demonstration by instructors Spiros Koyanis and Teri Pierson. If you have any questions, e-mail us or call 503-595-4890 (RNW) or 503-238-7012 (Two Rivers).

Through movement, introspection, and interaction, you will gain practical tools for resolving conflict and put the experience of non-violent conflict resolution into your body.

Past participants say:

  • The instructors are wonderful and have a great spirit and energy. The workshop was playful and fun.
  • I learned how my body and mind responded to “threatening” situations and that this is something I can practice and change.
  • The interactive, one-on-one exercises worked well along with the regular connections being made to conflict resolution work through discussion.
  • Most significant for me was connecting mind and body – through motion, principles and action.

Workshop details

Schedule: Saturday, July 21, 1 pm - 5 pm

Location: Two Rivers Aikikai, 2950 SE Belmont, at the corner of SE 30th and Belmont. It's in the building with the beautiful mural of a jumping salmon.

Registration - and an exciting Friendship Discount!

Registration: $100 general; $65 Two Rivers and Resolutions Northwest.

Register with a friend and each person receives a discount! $25 off the general rate or $15 off the Two Rivers or RNW rate.

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Spiros Koyanis Sensei is the chief instructor of Two Rivers Aikikai. He is 5th Dan, Shidoin in Aikido (that is, 5th degree black belt and a certified instructor) and 2nd Dan in Iaido (the art of drawing and cutting with a sword). Koyanis Sensei has been practicing Aikido since 1983 and teaching since 1989. Outside the dojo, he has been a middle school math teacher and currently owns a residential remodeling business. He is a firm believer in the effectiveness of nonviolence on and off the mat.

Teri Pierson is an assistant instructor at Two Rivers Aikikai with the rank of shodan (first degree black belt). She is a facilitator, mediator, and trainer in private practice and the Facilitation Program Coordinator at Resolutions Northwest. She has a master’s degree in conflict resolution, and her graduate studies and much of her current work have focused on helping people connect across cultural differences. Teri is constantly inspired by the interplay between her work and her Aikido practice.

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July 21st, 2012 1:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
Two Rivers Aikikai
2950 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
United States
General $ 100.00
RNW staff or volunteers $ 65.00
Two Rivers Aikikai students or instructors $ 65.00
Friendship discount: General $ 75.00
Friendship discount: RNW staff or volunteers $ 50.00
Friendship discount: Two Rivers students or instructors $ 50.00

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