A WORKSHOP ON AIKIDO FOR VETERANS
A Day of Training and Application
Keganin No Senshi Aikido
”WOUNDED WARRIORS WAY TO A UNIFIED SPIRIT”
Sponsored by Takemusu Aikido of Maryland
Charlie Corliss Sensei
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
This is a workshop developed for aikidoka interested in working with veterans. Military service members, veterans, their families, Veterans Administration staff, therapists, counselors, and anyone concerned about or interested in working with veterans are encouraged to attend.
The workshop is an opportunity to learn about how Aikido can be a resource for living with PTSD and KNSA’s approach to teaching a therapeutic form of Aikido. Participants who are interested in applying what they learn will have a chance to share a practice during mini-classes and to receive feedback from staff and participants.
NO AIKIDO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing, no gi or hakama
There is no fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is required by 16 March for admission to Fort Meade.
To register or for further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please provide name (last, middle, first), dojo, rank, military
background (if applicable).
Keganin No Senshi Aikido is a form of Aikido developed specifically for combat veterans and others with PTSD. It is taught gently and involves no throws, falls or rolls. Founder, Tom Osborn, served in the Army for 8 year, 6 in Special Forces with 24 months on A Teams in Viet Nam. He developed this program through his own experiences with PTSD and Aikido. He started practicing Aikido in 1967 and always said that it is what saved him. KNSA has continued its work since Tom’s death in December 2015 under the leadership of his partner and wife, Frances Welson, and Jeff Dowdy, Fukishidoin, sandan, and founder/director of the Sarete Program in Richmond, Virginia.
JEFFREY DOWDY, FUKISHIDOIN, sandan (3rd degree), has
studied the martial arts since 1985, earning a nidan in Karate
before beginning the practice of Aikido. Jeff teaches Aikido in
the traditional dojo and facilitates Sarete programs in a variety of
settings. Sarete adapts the practice of Aikido to support individuals
who have experienced trauma, violence and conflict. Jeff continues
to work with students, teachers, veterans, law enforcement,
ex-offenders, and the general public to reduce the impacts of
conflict in daily life.