Fight, flee, flop – or flip? Transform your reaction to conflict through Aikido

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Resolutions Northwest provides interactive and engaging workshops to help you or your organization build capacity in conflict resolution, communication, mediation, facilitation, diversity and equity. You can attend a workshop or we can bring one to you.

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Fight, flee, flop – or flip? Transform your reaction to conflict through Aikido

July 21 @ 9:00 am until July 21 @ 12:30 pm

Put the experience of mindful conflict resolution into your body!

When conflicts arise – perhaps racism comes up, a co-worker pushes your buttons, or you’re embroiled in family dynamics – most of us have a default setting, and it’s not necessarily the most helpful one. In this workshop, we will explore how to become more mindful in those moments so you can choose a response that is more aligned with your values and the outcomes you want to achieve. We will include physical exercises to help you access a deeper level of learning.

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art with the ultimate goal of convincing humanity that violence is not an effective means of improving society. While this is not a martial arts class, it is grounded in our belief that the lessons of Aikido can help people develop a centered, balanced and sensitive human spirit.

No martial arts experience is required. We work with participants to adapt each exercise to your own level of mobility and comfort (or you can learn by observing if you prefer).

We’ll use scaled-back variations of a punch or grab as metaphors for everyday conflicts in the workplace, family, or community. In a safe and constructive environment, we lead participants in activities that shift back and forth between physical exercises, fundamental concepts of conflict resolution, and your own scenarios, thus building many levels of skill for responding to everyday (non-physical) interpersonal conflict.

In this workshop:

  • Explore 10 tips for engaging with conflict using lessons from Aikido, a Japanese martial art that is often called “the art of peace.”
  • Experience non-violent conflict resolution in motion.
  • Learn the relationship between Aikido principles and foundational conflict resolution skills such as uncovering interests, expressing empathy, separating intent and impact, and speaking your truth in a way that you are more likely to be heard.
  • Discover how you react to stressful situations in your body and your mind.
  • Learn how your own facial expressions and body posture can influence the diffusion or escalation of tension during conflict.
  • Apply the skills to your own scenarios of everyday conflict at home, at work, or in your community.
  • Enjoy learning in a fun, safe, constructive environment.

  • Two Ways to Register:

    Regular registration The fee for this training is $140. We ask each person to pay what you are able. REGISTER

    Work trade We offer one person the chance to attend the training in exchange for helping with refreshments, setup, cleanup, etc. before and during the training. The lottery will be open through May 23rd. For more information or to sign up for the lottery. WORK TRADE

  • Schedule: Friday, July 21st, 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

    Refreshments: We will provide water, juice, and light refreshments. You are welcome to bring your own food.

    Location: Two Rivers Aikikai, 2950 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97214

Your Trainers

“SpirosSpiros Koyanis Sensei is the chief instructor of Two Rivers Aikikai. He is a 6th degree black belt and a certified instructor in Aikido, and he has a master’s degree in middle school education. Koyanis Sensei has been practicing Aikido since 1983 and teaching since 1989. During his years of practice and teaching, he has learned that effective strategies for non-violent resolution of conflict must include an awareness of the relationship between body and mind.
Teri PiersonTeri Pierson is a certified assistant instructor and 2nd degree black belt at Two Rivers Aikikai. She is a facilitator, mediator, and trainer in private practice and the Training Program Coordinator at Resolutions Northwest. She has a master’s degree in conflict resolution. Much of her current work focuses on helping individuals and groups learn to connect across differences and create equitable outcomes for all. Teri is constantly inspired by the interplay between this work and her Aikido practice.


July 21
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Two Rivers Aikikai
2950 SE Belmont Street
Portland, 97214
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