Relational Aikido (RA) is a non-violent, verbal based self-defense skill for coping with relationship attacks (think: "difficult people", or "bullies").
RA is based out of several well-tested and well known principles, including Aikido, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and peacemaking skills.
It is designed so that anyone of any age can learn to better cope with and manage people who attack others in the context of relationship. Examples of such relationships might be be peer, sibling, or school relationships, work relationships, family relationships, parent-child relationships, relationships between ex's, and even stranger contacts.
RA strives to teach the adherent how to remain positvely responsive rather than emotionally and behaviorally reactive under all circumstances, while verbally deflecting attack and avoiding any injury to the attacker or escalation of hostilities.
Such a skill set can help the adherent end conflicted situations even before they begin. In RA, there is no competition, and there are no 'winners' or 'losers'; it is designed to help a conflicted situation regain healthy balance and harmony.
Students can learn the principles of RA in larger groups, seminar formats, smaller groups, or individual lessons. Dedicated students who continue study will rise through various 'belts' of skill towards their white belt. A white belt practitioner of RA has gained the skills so deeply that their RA responses become 'automatic' and RA lives deep in their bones.
If you would like a seminar on the basics of RA, or want to form a group class, or engage in private lessons, just contact us and we will help you to set something up.