The Applied Aikido Association was established to bring together and support Applied Aikido Practitioners.
The mission of the Applied Aikido Association (AAA) is to create a recognized field of knowledge known as Applied Aikido and support its performance practice in a wide variety of environments and applications.
We see the formation of this field of knowledge and practice as the formation of a network of interested practitioners who share knowledge and experience and conduct an open dialogue. We welcome both professionals and interested parties as members of this association.
A practitioner of Applied Aikido empowers others through physical experience to develop personally, overcome setbacks, learn to cope with pressure and conflict, and expand intuitive awareness.
This field of knowledge is defined by the following principles and practices of Aikido:
1. Presence - Opening the Body
- Being conscious of our physical presence,
- Sensing and extending vital energy, facing and entering into the challenge,
- Supported by centred attention, vertical alignment and grounded awareness,
- Attention flows freely and field consciousness is experienced.
2. Harmony - Opening the Heart
- Attune somatically and sense the resonance of the relationship,
- Expand and unify energetically, blending with the challenging force,
- Care, have empathy and be kind,
- Pressure, adversity and conflict transform into harmony.
3 Inquiry - Opening the Mind
- Let go of self preoccupation and personal goals,
- Open to intuitive knowledge and wisdom through not-knowing,
- Discover unitive consciousness beyond the self.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
A practitioner of Applied Aikido enables others through physical practices and movement to address personal development, overcome adversity or manage pressure or conflict, and awaken intuitive awareness with the following basic dimensions and elements of Aikido:
- Somatic attunement; embodied presence.
- Blending; connecting and engaging harmoniously.
- Communication harmony; an ethical intention of empathy.
- Centered attention.
- Grounded awareness.
- Vertically aligned: head-heart-hara.
- Energy extending: not predisposed pushing/caving/rigid.
- Transforming adversity or conflict.
- Opening or releasing attention to the larger field of awareness beyond the self, into the consciousness of unity, and the wisdom of not knowing; intuition or conscious imagination.
What is an Applied Aikido Practitioner?
An Applied Aikido Practitioner is someone who has practised aikido, and who applies aikido theory, principles and/or practices off the mat in teaching, training, coaching, mentoring, speaking or publishing.
Their audience could be individuals, groups, schools, or businesses. Their topic could be stress management, resilience, performance, creativity, comunication or conflict management.
They could be offering this as a free community service, or as a part-time or full-time paid practice.
What the association offers
The Applied Aikido Association was created to help applied aikido practitioners in various ways:
- Meet other practitioners and exchange ideas.
- Learn different aspects of a professional practice, such as pedagogy, speaking, publishing or running a business.
- A platform to publish their works on applied aikido practice, for the practitioner or the consumer.
- Gain recognition and authority with backing from the association.
- Connect with customers.
- Collectively promote applied aikido to the community, schools and businesses.
- Collectively build the brand and positioning of Applied Aikido globally.
Planned activities of the association
The association is young and growing. As the needs of the members are clarified, the following may be become available:
- International directory of practitioners.
- Referrals from enquiring prospects.
- Members-only online courses.
- Repository of articles, white papers, research papers, etc.
- Forum to discuss issues amongst practitioners.
- Regular livestream to YouTube and Facebook, featuring practitioners and guests.
- Regular online single- or multi-day events where practitioners can showcase their knowledge.
And other services in the pipeline!
How to join the association?
Please take advantage of our Early Bird Membership offer, become an affiliate member.
We will take further contact with you if you want to become a PRO member
You can also contact the association and submit:
- Your aikido grading credentials.
- Evidence of aikido practice.
Applied Aikido Practice
- The name of your practice.
- Evidence of applied aikido practice.
- A written explanation of what you offer, in what forms (e.g. workshops, coaching), who and where your target markets are, and how you see your practice benefiting society and building the reputation of aikido.
Discounted Early Bird subscription fees.