Representatives of Aiki-Extensions, Inc from California,
Washington State, England and the Center for Building a Culture if
Empathy discuss and demonstrate how principles of Aikido entrain
compassion and embody empathy around the world.
Bringing somatic attunement (embodied presence) to conflicted
situations. Finding ground and center under pressure. Learning to
listen to the different languages of the head, the heart and the
wisdom of the belly.
Sub Conference: Aikido & Empathy
Jerry Green is a mediator, and creator of TUNING IN to the
Body, online lessons in embodied compassionate communications, which is
based on his seminars in Emotional Aikido, for transforming pressure, fear
& anger into centered empathy and grounded actions in the home and at
Nick Walker is a speaker, educator, author, and consultant
on a wide range of topics. He is the founder and senior instructor of
Aikido Shusekai, an aikido dojo in Berkeley, California. He holds a 6th
degree black belt in aikido and has been teaching the art to adults,
teens, and children for over thirty years. He is coleading an empathy training workshop called
Embodying Empathy. He says, empathy is possibly the most important
social skill you possess, yet it can be very fragile.
David Weinstock is a
certified International Nonviolent Communication Trainer, a
Somatic Coach, Aikido Instructor (30 yrs.) and originator of
Somatic Consensus. He leads community workshops in schools,
prisons, businesses, intentional communities & organizations
around the world. David and his family live in an intentional
community in Washington State that they helped found and where
consensus has been practiced for over 20 years. To learn more you
can go to his website
Quentin Cooke, 7th Dan Yuishinkai International, Chair of Aikido
for Daily Life, Director of Aiki Extensions.
I began to practice aikido in 1984, within the Ki Society of Great
Britain, which was linked to Tohei Sensei, but was headed up in
this country by Sensei Kenneth Williams. He was one of the
original practitioners of aikido in this country under Abbe Sensei
and widely recognised as the most senior UK practitioner of
aikido. Sensei Williams eventually broke away and founded the Ki
Federation of Great Britain, which I stayed with until 2000 having
reached the rank of 4th dan.
In 2004 my brother and I founded
Aikido for Daily Life, (ADL), which is affiliated to Yuishinkai
International under the guidance and teaching of Sensei Koretoshi
one of the founder's original students. He encourages people to
celebrate what we share rather than seek to emphasise our
differences, (''There are many ways up the mountain'').
Convener: Edwin Rutsch is founding director of the Center for Building a
Culture of Empathy. See
his full Bio here.
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