Award ceremony at Phoenix peace dojo (Belgium)

Last Tuesday I had the honor to present the Peace Dojo certificate to Ali Matar, dojo responsible for the Phoenix Aiki Dojo. This ceremony began by a little class and was followed by a demonstration. It was really exciting to see the progress of the participants who were taking this demonstration in a very formal…

Reducing aggression with martial arts: A meta-analysis of child and youth studies

Reducing aggression with martial arts: A meta-analysis of child and youth studies Martial arts are becoming a mainstream sport for energetic youth and their popularity extends globally. Following a comprehensive search of martial arts research, a critical review of the field and the psychological implications was conducted. The resulting meta-analysis examined the effect of martial…

Applying to become a Peace Dojo

Applying to become a Peace Dojo The Center for Movement Arts/Shamokin Aikido Kai (TCMA) recently undertook the process of applying for recognition as a Peace Dojo through the Peace Dojo International Organization (PDI). The process involved creating a document/ letter of introduction explaining the work/practice at TCMA to board members of PDI . I initially…

Somatic Practices For Embodying Nonviolent Communication with David Weinstock

When you get stressed do you feel your ability to interact skillfully with others becomes blocked and you slip into old reactive patterns? Somatic Practices are powerful tools to help you use your senses to access the sources of your unconscious patterns where they are stored in your body. When you become aware of the…

Courage and Trusting Life

Don’t just do something, stand there…… take a breather from the internet, infomercials, the dramas and challenges.  Go for a walk, take some space, sit in silence to connect to the real web ………and then do something. Courage                                                                                                                The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, courage meant “To speak…