Aiki Extensions U.S. Seminar:
Extending from the Center
June 1-3, 2012
Aikido in Fredericksburg, VA

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

Join us in beautiful and historic Fredericksburg, Virginia for a weekend seminar exploring applications of the principles of aikido to off-the-mat settings. Workshops will include hands-on, aikido-based sessions and discussion-focused presentations on topics such as


* Peacebuilding and Mediation / Conflict Resolution
* Aiki Somatics/ Embodied Peacemaking
* Aiki Business Leadership
* Aikido and Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice
* Others

Aiki Extensions is pleased to announce Robert Frager, 7th dan, as the keynote presenter for this year's conference. Dr. Frager is the founder of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and a leader in developing methods for applying aikido principles outside of the dojo. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet and learn from a pioneering social psychologist, Harvard Ph.D., Sufi spiritual guide, and aikido 7th dan who trained with the Founder in Japan. Dr. Frager is a living aikido legend and a link to the early diffusion of aikido outside Japan.

Register by April 30 to receive the early-bird discount and a free copy of Paul Linden's e-book, "Embodied Peacemaking."

Tentative Schedule

Friday, June 1
7:15p-8:15p Keiko
8:30p-10:00p Dinner at local restaurant
   
Saturday, June 2
8:30a-10:00a Keiko
10:30a-10:50a

Opening: What is Aiki?

11:00a-12:20p Breakout Sessions: Aiki Business Leadership; Peacebuilding; Aikido and Criminal Justice
12:30p-1:50p Lunch in focus groups
2:00p-3:30p Breakout Sessions: Aiki Business Leadership; Physical Expresion of Emotional Energy; Self-Perfection vs. Self-Preservation: Demystifying Myths of Edged Weapons
3:45p-5:15p Group Session: Embodied Peacemaking – Aiki Somatics for Conflict Resolution
5:30p-6:30p Member's Meeting
7:00p-9:00p Dinner Banquet / Keynote by Dr. Robert Frager, 7th dan: Standing on the Floating Bridge – Aikido as a Transformational Practice
   
Sunday, June 3
7:30a-8:30a Keiko
9:00a-10:20a Breakout Sessions: Aiki Business Leadership; The Art of De-escalation
10:30a-11:50a Breakout Sessions: Aiki Business Leadership; Aikido and Conflict Resolution; Teaching Aikido to the Blind
12:00p-1:15p AE Peacebuilding Programs
1:15p-1:30p Closing: Extending from the Center

* schedule is subject to change; see below for session write ups and presenter biographies

Location
The seminar will be held at Aikido in Fredericksburg, which is located on 20 acres about one hour south of D.C., and one hour north of Richmond, VA. The two-year-old “green” dojo features a large training area (102 tatami mats), a dining area (which can accommodate 10-12 people), a living room area (which can accommodate 15-20 people), and ample outside space, including a covered pavilion (weather permitting).

Suggested Accomodations


* The Sleep Inn Southpoint (540-710-5500) 5400 Southpoint Blvd. (ask for the "Aikido rate")
* Some homestays and on-the-mat accommodations are also available upon request


Transportation
Aikido in Fredericksburg is located at 6155 Hickory Ridge Rd. in Spotsylvania, VA, halfway between Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA. The dojo is 1.4 miles west of US 1, between I-95 exits 126 and 118. We are equidistant to National (DCA) and Richmond (RIC) airports, but Richmond is easier on the ground. It is about one hour to Richmond. If there is traffic, National could be 1.5-2 hours; Dulles (IAD) is 1.5-2.5 hours. Traffic is especially thick on Friday afternoons. With advanced notice, we can pick you up at the Fredericksburg Amtrack station (which goes to BWI airport, about 2 hours away).

Registration
To register, submit the online registration form.

To pay by credit card:


* Go to www.gashuku.net; scroll down to the listing for the "Aiki Extensions US Conference"
* Click on the "Buy Now" button
* Enter the amount in the provided field (see "cost" below)
* Enter your credit card information


To pay by check, make your payment out to "Aiki Extensions" and send it to 6155 Hickory Ridge Rd., Spotsylvania, VA 22551.

Costs

Register before April 30 and receive a free copy of Paul Linden's eBook, "Embodied Peacemaking."


 
Received by 4/30
Received after 4/30
Members*
$90
$119
Non-Members
$129
$158
Register for seminar and join AE as an Individual Member
$139
$168
Register for seminar and join AE as an Organizational Member
$189
$218
Register for seminar and join AE as both an individual and an organizational member
$200 -- best deal
$229
Pay Per Session
$30
Saturday Only
$100
Sunday Only
$60

* Membership dues are paid annually. If you think you are a current member but are not sure, visit the AE membership directory. Contact Greg at staff@aiki-extensions.org if you have any questions.

Need More Information?
Contact AE's Program Manager, Greg Harkless, at 650-275-2454 or staff@aiki-extensions.org

Thank you to our sponsors! Corky Quakenbush and Vaughn Brandt.

 

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS

Group Session 1: Saturday 10:30a-10:50a

Opening: What is Aiki?

Following a brief welcome and overview of the seminar, participants will meet in small groups to explore their shared interests, reconnect with old friends, and meet new ones.

Breakout Session 1: Saturday 11:00a-12:20p

Aiki Leadership in Business –Chris Thorsen&Jamie Zimron

Combining experiential methods drawn from aikido and other internal martial arts that have been successfully used in a variety of corporate and non-profit settings, participants will practice together to develop skills for sharing Aiki principles in the business world. The Leadership in Business track will be hosted by trainers and consultants currently involved in this work and will be composed of four back-to-back sessions over two days during which we will explore the following questions together:
- What is the scope of current work within the business community?
- What are the distinctions in the offerings of different practitioners?
- What are the varieties of methodology that are utilized and how are they presented?
- How might dojo chos develop local offerings to supplement dojo income and increase student enrollment?

Chris Thorsen, MA in Community Organization and Organizational Development, is founder of Quantum Edge, through which he has advised senior executives at organizations such as Disney, Lucent Technologies, Kaiser Permanente, and Unocal for over 40 years. He helped build the wireless industry during 12 years as an integral member of the executive teams that started Cellular One and Nextel Communications. Chris is a pioneer in the application of "Aikido and Dialogue" principles to leadership mastery, team synergy, and organizational strategy. He has studied and taught aikido for 35 years.

Jamie Zimron, 5th dan, is a Class A LPGA Golf Pro, Somatic Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Master Bodyworker, Corporate Speaker-Trainer, and Citizen’s Diplomat. Through her company, The KiAi Way Inc., she offers aiki-based trainings in “The Mechanics & Magic” of Body-Mind Fitness, Peaceful Empowerment, and Integrative Peak Performance. She is a long-time member of the AE Board of Directors and program coordinator for the Mideast Aikido Program.

Aikido and Criminal Justice – Greg Connor

This session will use discussion and demonstration to address the philosophy and techniques of aikido and its application within the context of law enforcement, corrections, and other areas of criminal justice. We will address the evolution of techniques directed toward the variety of force utilization efforts and the control options available. Emphasis will be placed on the generic application of tactics in order to minimize training time, retention, and universality.

Greg Connor, professor emeritus at University of Illinois Police Training Institute, has worked in the criminal justice system as a law enforcement officer, instructor, and consulting expert on police and corrections tools and tactics for more than 45 years. He has authored dozens of texts, articles, and policies on the topic, and has a primary interest in the evolution of aikido in contemporary areas of criminal justice.

Breakout Session 2: Saturday 2:00p-3:30p

Aiki Leadership in Business – Chris Thorsen & Jamie Zimron

Everyone is welcome to attend this continuation of the discussion from the previous session. The topics at hand will be adapted to the attendees for each session.

Physical Expression of Emotional Energy – Corky Quakenbush

Ki is expressed through intention. Intention can reflect separation or unification, and the ki that flows from that intention affects the connection between individuals. In this presentation, feel how different intentions manifest different responses physically and emotionally and how our intellects (egos) mask our true intentions and deter conflict resolution.

Corky Quakenbush, Dojo Cho of Kakushi Toride Aikido, brings 28 years of experience from Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and independent spin-offs of the Ki Society. In 2004, Quakenbush began developing and implementing an ukemi-based teaching model which brings students more directly to takemusu aiki through simplified concepts and training tools.

Self Perfection vs. Self Preservation: Demystifying Myths of Edged Weapons – Cat Fitzgerald

Through discussion, demonstration, and practice, we will explore how aikido technique, spirit, and principles are at work in defending against edged weapons such as knives, broken glass, etc. Several myths of edge weapons use will be addressed with particular emphasis on the distinction between self-perfection and self-preservation. This workshop is appropriate for civilians, SWAT, local law enforcement, military service members, and other criminal justice system officers.

Cat Fitzgerald is the Chief Instructor at University of Miami Aikido (celebrating our 25th anniversary) and a Law Enforcement Edged Weapons Certified Instructor who regularly provides training for diverse populations including Elite Forces (Military, SWAT, DEA), Olympic athletes, and middle school students for quality and quantity of life.

Group Session 2: Saturday 3:45p-5:15p

Embodied Peacemaking: Aikido for Conflict Resolution – Paul Linden

The body’s natural response to conflict is contraction of breathing, posture and attention. This contraction usually takes the form of fear, anger or dissociation. These powerful physical response patterns undermine your ability to think rationally, interact empathically, and act peacefully. What is needed is a way to interrupt contraction and replace it with a mind/body state of expansiveness and peacefulness. In this experiential workshop, you will learn aikido-derived methods of working with muscle tone, posture, breathing and movement to develop an integrated mind/body state of calmness, alertness, kindness, and power. These body awareness skills will enable you to maintain a peaceful body and mind during conflicts, which will provide a foundation for resolving conflicts in harmonious and productive ways. In addition to learning how to access the state of somatic peace yourself, you will learn skills that you can teach to others to help them achieve more life-affirming ways of handling conflict. The same somatic exercises will improve your aikido practice.

Paul Linden, 6th dan, is the developer of Being in Movement® body awareness education. He is a long-time member of the AE Board of Directors and Chief Instructor of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies / Aikido of Columbus. Paul holds a BA in Philosophy, a Ph.D. in Physical Education, a first degree black belt in karate, and is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. He has extensive experience teaching musicians, athletes, pregnant women, adult survivors of child abuse, children with attention disorders, and businesspeople. He is the author of several books.

Group Session 3: Saturday 5:30p-6:30p

Member’s Meeting

AE President, Robert Kent, will summarize AE’s recent accomplishments, current status, and upcoming plans. All current Aiki Extensions members are encouraged to attend.

Breakout Session 3: Sunday 9:00a - 10:20a

Aiki Leadership in Business – Chris Thorsen & Jamie Zimron

Everyone is welcome to attend this continuation of the discussion from the previous session. The topics at hand will be adapted to the attendees for each session.

The Art of De-escalation –Vaughn Brandt

Conflict resolution and crisis intervention provide an ideal time to practice aikido-based skills, and this presentation will describe and model the training I provide for mental health providers and professionals working in human services. "The Art of De-escalation" is an eight-step process that involves somatic exercises based on aikido and compassionate communication for professionals to access and experience these principles. By creating space, clarifying boundaries, and transforming conflict into connections this training has helped to successfully reduce violence and change the way systems and individuals can approach challenging situations.

Vaughn Brandt is a long-term supporter of Aiki Extensions, and has studied aikido and the underlying principles of the art since 1995. For the last fourteen years he has worked in mental health administration to resolve conflicts, advocate for safety and the provision of a truly humane environment for all. He also works as an independent consultant and trainer to enhance the responsiveness and compassion that human service workers bring to the most challenging situations they encounter.

Breakout Session 4: Sunday 10:30a-11:50a

Aiki Leadership in Business – Chris Thorsen & Jamie Zimron

Everyone is welcome to attend this continuation of the discussion from the previous session. The topics at hand will be adapted to the attendees for each session.

Aikido and Conflict Resolution – Stephen Kotev

Join Stephen as we discuss the connections between the academic study of conflict resolution and the principles and concepts of aikido. Aikidoka have long advocated for this connection but often lack exposure to breadth and depth of conflict resolution theory. This workshop will give aikidoka a solid overview of shared principles and concepts and a basic overview of relevant conflict resolution theory. The session will include presentation and facilitated discussion.

Stephen Kotev, MA Conflict Analysis and Resolution, has been a supporter of Aiki Extensions since 1999. In 2006 he was awarded his masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and his shodan from Clyde Takeguchi Shihan. Stephen is currently a Washington D.C.-based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, facilitation, training and somatic education to private and government clients.

Aikido for the Blind – Detlef Radüntz

We’ve all said it: aikido is for anyone, no matter how big or strong you are…or whether or not you can see? Detlef Radüntz sensei from Aikidojo Berlin will share his 25 years of experiences teaching blind students. Participants will don blindfolds and explore the practice of aikido without benefit of sight, and will learn that closing ones eyes is not the same as being blind. The workshop will provide an insight into an extension of aiki that helps participants get over the borders of consciousness to discover another level of awareness.

Detlef Radüntz, 4th dan, has practiced aikido since 1979 under Watanabe sensei and Takeda sensei. He owns and is the chief instructor of Aikidojo-Berlin where he has taught for more than 25 years, specializing in teaching aikido to blind people.

Group Session 4: Sunday 12:00p-1:15p

AE Peacebuilding Programs – Robert Kent & Jamie Zimron

Aiki Extensions’ and its affiliates’ peacebuilding initiatives have won awards, brought together traditionally warring groups to train together, provided positive outlets for children and young adults in Ethiopia, and connected thousands of people in dozens of countries to celebrate "the Art of Peace." AE Board President Robert Kent and Board Member Jamie Zimron will highlight AE's international efforts to build peace, with particular emphasis on how you can get involved.

Robert Kent, 4th dan, MA in Philosophy, is president of Aiki Extensions. He has studied under Frank Doran Shihan at Aikido West since 1991, where he helped run the youth program for 18 years. Rob is the founding coordinator for The PeaceCamp Initiative, a Ben and Jerry’s Peace Pioneer award-winning scholarship program that uses aikido principles to heal the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict a few kids at a time. He also teaches “Political Aikido” every winter at his alma mater, Williams College.

Jamie Zimron, 5th dan, is a Class A LPGA Golf Pro, Somatic Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Master Bodyworker, Corporate Speaker-Trainer, and Citizen’s Diplomat. Through her company, The KiAi Way Inc., she offers aiki-based trainings in “The Mechanics & Magic” of Body-Mind Fitness, Peaceful Empowerment, and Integrative Peak Performance. She is a long-time member of the AE Board of Directors and program coordinator for the Mideast Aikido Program.

Group Session 5: Sunday 1:15p-1:30p

Closing: Extending the Center

We’ll revisit our goals from the opening session and meet in small groups to identify take-home points from the seminar, and explore ways to collaborate as we move this work forward.

 

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES

Vaughn Brandt is a long-term supporter of Aiki Extensions, and has studied aikido and the underlying principles of the art since 1995. For the last fourteen years he has worked in mental health administration to resolve conflicts, advocate for safety and the provision of a truly humane environment for all. He also works as an independent consultant and trainer to enhance the responsiveness and compassion that human service workers bring to the most challenging situations they encounter.

Greg Connor, professor emeritus at University of Illinois Police Training Institute, has worked in the criminal justice system as a law enforcement officer, instructor, and consulting expert on police and corrections tools and tactics for more than 45 years. He has authored dozens of texts, articles, and policies on the topic, and has a primary interest in the evolution of aikido in contemporary areas of criminal justice.

Cat Fitzgerald is the Chief Instructor at University of Miami Aikido (celebrating our 25th anniversary) and a Law Enforcement Edged Weapons Certified Instructor who regularly provides training for diverse populations including Elite Forces (Military, SWAT, DEA), Olympic athletes, and middle school students for quality and quantity of life.

Robert Frager is the founder of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and a leader in developing methods for applying aikido principles outside of the dojo. Dr. Frager is a pioneering social psychologist, Harvard Ph.D., Sufi spiritual guide, and aikido 7th dan who trained with the Founder in Japan. Dr. Frager is a living aikido legend and a link to the early diffusion of aikido outside Japan.

Robert Kent, 4th dan, MA in Philosophy, is president of Aiki Extensions. He has studied under Frank Doran Shihan at Aikido West since 1991, where he helped run the youth program for 18 years. Rob is the founding coordinator for The PeaceCamp Initiative, a Ben and Jerry’s Peace Pioneer award-winning scholarship program that uses aikido principles to heal the Israeli/Palestinian conflict a few kids at a time. He also teaches “Political Aikido” every winter at his alma mater, Williams College.

Stephen Kotev, MA Conflict Analysis and Resolution, has been a supporter of Aiki Extensions since 1999. In 2006 he was awarded his masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and his shodan from Clyde Takeguchi Shihan. Stephen is currently a Washington D.C.-based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, facilitation, training and somatic education to private and government clients.

Paul Linden, 6th dan, is the developer of Being in Movement® body awareness education. He is a long-time member of the AE Board of Directors and Chief Instructor of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies / Aikido of Columbus. Paul holds a BA in Philosophy, a first degree black belt in karate, and is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. He has extensive experience teaching musicians, athletes, pregnant women, adult survivors of child abuse, children with attention disorders, and businesspeople. He is the author of several books.

Corky Quakenbush, Dojo Cho of Kakushi Toride Aikido, brings 28 years of experience from Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and independent spin-offs of the Ki Society. In 2004, Quakenbush began developing and implementing an ukemi-based teaching model which brings students more directly to takemusu aiki through simplified concepts and training tools.

Detlef Radüntz, 4th dan, has practiced aikido since 1979 under Watanabe sensei and Takeda sensei. He owns and is the chief instructor of Aikidojo-Berlin where he has taught for more than 25 years, specializing in teaching aikido to blind people.

Chris Thorsen, MA in Community Organization and Organizational Development, is founder of Quantum Edge, through which he has advised senior executives at organizations such as Disney, Lucent Technologies, Kaiser Permanente, and Unocal for over 40 years. He helped build the wireless industry during 12 years as an integral member of the executive teams that started Cellular One and Nextel Communications. Chris is a pioneer in the application of "Aikido and Dialogue" principles to leadership mastery, team synergy, and organizational strategy. He has studied and taught aikido for 35 years.

Jamie Zimron, 5th dan, is a Class A LPGA Golf Pro, Somatic Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Master Bodyworker, Corporate Speaker-Trainer, and Citizen’s Diplomat. Through her company, The KiAi Way Inc., she offers aiki-based trainings in “The Mechanics & Magic” of Body-Mind Fitness, Peaceful Empowerment, and Integrative Peak Performance. She is a long-time member of the AE Board of Directors and program coordinator for the Mideast Aikido Program.

 

About Aiki Extensions
Aiki Extensions (AE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Virginia. AE's mission is to extend aiki principles to off-the-mat settings, enhance communication among people committed to exploring these applications, and deepen the foundations of aikido around the world. Our programs and projects reach into dozens of countries around the world and include work in peacebuilding, leadership, business, education and youth outreach, health and somaics, law enforcement, and more. You can learn more about AE by visiting our wesbite: http://www.aiki-extensions.org.

About Aikido in Fredericksburg
Aikido in Fredericksburg (AIF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization with students from age 6 to 86. AIF works cooperatively with other dojos and organizations around the country to embody conflict resolution, self-improvement, and community service through the teachings of the nonviolent art of Aikido. The dojo itself is a "green building" designed and built in harmony with nature. You can learn more about Aikido in Fredericksburg by visiting their website: http://www.aikidoforpeace.org.

Aiki Extensions Board of Directors
Don Levine, Founder

Robert Kent (President) • Aviv Goldsmith (Vice President)
Charles Colten • Quentin Cooke • Paul Linden • Chris Thorsen
Christian Vanhenten • Brandon WilliamsCraig • Bertram Wohak • Jamie Zimron

Questions? Contact Greg Harkless

Aiki Extensions is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.