Our approach starts from the observation of growing discomfort caused by stress and the phenomenon of internal disconnection. Our study looks to address the following broad topics:
Body / mind disconnection. People often think about their body last as the expression "a healthy mind in a healthy body" becomes less and less current.
The dematerialization of environments reinforces the disconnection from the body. We have become physically disconnected from ourselves and others since the explosive growth of digital connectivity and the development of social media.
The pressure for success and omnipresent performance: Our societies worship the winner. Because failure cannot be an option, life can become the forced march towards success, regardless of what it may cost to oneself, to those around us and to the environment.
Constant pressure to adapt: Social, economic and ecological environment change rapidly and force adaptation. Covid-19 is a perfect example.
As a result issues such as burn-out, depression and constant stress have become commonplace.
We at AIKI4ALL aim to develop the idea that by a return to internal connection through the culture of what we call the Knowing of Becoming an alternative to anxiety-inducing situations is possible. The path appears where, previously, there seemed to be only difficulties.
Inspired by the philosophy of aikido and the principles of the "AIKI ACTION", our expertise and workshops adapt according to the problems of professional and personal environments.
Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, realized after a long quest devoted to the practice of martial arts and the "Omoto-Kyo" religion, that the ultimate goal of martial arts was not to destroy others, but to guide humanity on the path of universal peace. Thus, guided by this awareness, he combined his knowledge of Judo, Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu and the art of sword fighting to create a new form of martial art: Aikido. Based on the power of relaxation and spiraling movements, aikido techniques, while ensuring effective defense, invite the energy of an attack (destruction) into a movement that respects the physical integrity (creation) of all the protagonists.
In this new approach to the art of combat (Budo), it is no longer a question of damaging each other but of managing crisis and opposition to find harmony and security in circumstances of aggression and challenge.
Aikido practice allows us to develop a new approach of ‘self’ in action allowing one to reconsider a problem not as a potential confrontation, but as an opportunity to share and to solve together.
It is about cultivating this particular posture from which succeeding should not be reached at any cost and no longer be considered and planned exclusively in advance as the goal.
An aikido technique cannot be planned, rather it is the result of the spontaneity and a permanent adaptation that can only be achieved through practice. We cannot focus on the accomplishment of the technique but rather on the study of all the parameters which allow it to naturally emerge. Thus, succeeding should be understood as the consequence of the accomplishment, step by step, of each of the stages necessary for the fulfillment of an action.
Our practice is about improving ones sense of contact and connection to partners in order to satisfy the conditions specific to each technique. When this occurs unexpected events are no longer considered as threats but more as possibilities and opportunities that present themselves from one moment to the next.
This induces a paradigm shift when it comes to considering the successful realization of an action together. It is no longer a question of seeking to control and act on external events but of learning to let go and cultivate the notion of internal connection and this famous and so misused "being here and now" with what surrounds us when it comes to conflict .
Full reconnection of mind and body will allow the mind to rest and, from this unity, to welcome and consider any conflictual situation from a stress free perspective.