Paul Linden - Being In Movement ®

Columbus Center for Movement Studies / Aikido of Columbus

Being In Movement® and Aikido

start by reframing body actions as beliefs about how to be most effective in one’s life.

Both disciplines offer ways of testing those beliefs. By experiencing that actions built on a spacious, compassionate, powerful body are more effective than behavior stemming from contraction, fear and anger, people can find more ease and effectiveness in whatever is important to them.

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Aikido

Nonviolent martial art, fitness, mind/body integration, peacemaking.

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Being In Movement ®

mindbody education, stress reduction, compassionate power, peacemaking.

Paul Linden, PhD

is a body awareness educator, a martial artist, and an author. He is the developer of Being In Movement® mindbody education, and founder of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies in Columbus, Ohio USA. He holds a BA in Philosophy and a PhD in Physical Education. He has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 1969 and holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido as well as a first degree black belt in Karate. He is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education.

He has extensive experience teaching people such as musicians, athletes, business people, computer users, pregnant women, adult survivors of child abuse, and children with attention deficit disorder. His work has focused on trauma recovery and peacemaking. Paul has taught many workshops in places from Germany and England, to Russia and Ireland, to Israel and to Ecuador.

He has written numerous papers and books on diverse topics, and has created a number of instructional videos as well (see shop)

See Free handout PDFs and articles

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Inspiring and practical E-books and videos by Paul Linden
to view and download and keep for ongoing use.

Paul Linden, PhD

is a body awareness educator, a martial artist, and an author. He is the developer of Being In Movement® mindbody education, and founder of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies in Columbus, Ohio USA. He holds a BA in Philosophy and a PhD in Physical Education. He has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 1969 and holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido as well as a first degree black belt in Karate. He is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education.

He has extensive experience teaching people such as musicians, athletes, business people, computer users, pregnant women, adult survivors of child abuse, and children with attention deficit disorder. His work has focused on trauma recovery and peacemaking. Paul has taught many workshops in places from Germany and England, to Russia and Ireland, to Israel and to Ecuador.

He has written numerous papers and books on diverse topics, and has created a number of instructional videos as well (see shop)

See Free handout PDFs and articles

Shop

Inspiring and practical E-books and videos by Paul Linden
to view and download and keep for ongoing use.

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Paul Linden at The Embodiment Conference

Paul presented at the epic online Embodiment Conference 14th - 25th October 2020. The conference was directed by one of his students, Mark Walsh. See info here.

Pauls can be accessed for free here:

Paul will refer to the documents below.

You can view and download the PDFS below, please click on the title of the section to reveal the PDF.

Embodied Peace Handout
Dehumanising is so human - BIM approch to social injustice
Emergency Somatic stabilisation
Aikido Paul Linden Being In Movement

Aikido

Non-violent self-defense  •  Powerful flowing movement  • Relaxation and exercise  •  Physical coordination  •  Mental focus and concentration  •  Mind/body awareness and integration  •  Compassionate conflict resolution  •  Supportive community  •  Fun

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Aikido(pronounced eye-key-doe, with equal emphasis on all the syllables) is a non-violent Japanese martial art.
It was created by Morihei Ueshiba in the early part of the 20th century. You can see a video about Aikido here:

In addition to being a practical and effective form of non-violent self-defense, Aikido is a discipline of mind/body awareness and a means of compassionate conflict prevention and resolution. Aikido is also a way to relax and get physical exercise. It is beautiful flowing movement, and it is a lot of fun to practice. Aikido practice creates a community of friends and practice partners.
On its deepest level, Aikido is a path of mind/body/spirit awareness and integration.

What is Aikido (click here to read more)

Aikido defense techniques consist primarily of joint locks and throws and are based on going along with the power of the attack to control aggression. Aikido offers an effective form of self-defense that aims at protecting yourself without necessarily hurting another human being. Aikido includes defenses against grabs, punches, and kicks, as well as defenses against attacks with a knife, sword, staff or gun. Aikido techniques include strikes as a means of controllingthe opponent's movement and setting him or her up for the throws. The practice deals with attacks by single or multiple assailants.

There are no competitions in Aikido, and the art can be practiced and enjoyed by anyone regardless of age, size or strength. Aikido is an enjoyable learning adventure carried out in a mutually supportive atmosphere. Because students move and learn at their own pace, Aikido is an effective form of exercise and relaxation that people can continue for their whole lives. The goal of Aikido is to learn to move and live in a state of power, gentleness, freedom, and harmony.

At Aikido of Columbus, we focus on Aikido as both a self-defense method and a pathway to inner learning. When we feel threatened, our natural response is to tighten up and resist. In order to go along with the attack, we need to be deeply aware of the attacker, and to do that we need to be anchored in a mindbody state of power and love. This is where the practices of self-defense and self-awareness converge. At Aikido of Columbus, we teach how to use body awareness, openness of breath, proper body alignment, and flowing energy to achieve smooth, powerful, effective Aikido techniques and an attitude of respect and (Watch Video) kindness.

AN AIKI MOMENT
Tom Simpson, who earned his black belt at Aikido of Columbus, sent in this description of an aiki moment:

Had an “aiki moment” this morning at home. I’m barefooted, carrying a heavy piece of luggage down the stairs. Luggage in one hand, handful of misc in the other. I go down 3 steps and lean back to also pick up an object from the step to take with us. My feet slipped out from under me. I surfed the stairs, all the way to the bottom! I never let go of the luggage or the other stuff, but I rode my elbow down the banister and got a little stability from the sliding luggage. Time slowed way down. The cool thing was I got low and my feet surfed the edges of each of nine steps, while I gradually shifted center forward to get more weight on the foot strikes and decelerate. I stopped with full balance at the bottom. Thank you, Paul.

BEGINNERS are welcome to practice right along with everyone else, but at a slower pace. It is helpful for beginners to practice with the advanced students since the advanced students can guide the beginners in their practice. Though it may seem intimidating, beginners learn quickly when they jump right in with everyone else. In addition, it is safer for beginners to practice with more advanced students, who have some knowledge of the techniques and how to do them safely.

Which Martial Art Should I study?

Download this article by Paul. A brief discussion of the various aspects of different martial arts, with an eye towards helping people pick out the one that they would most enjoy.

Read about classes, workshops and training below

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Being In Movement ®

mindbody education, stress reduction, compassionate power, peacemaking.

When we are challenged or threatened, our natural tendency is to constrict or collapse our breathing, posture, movement, and attention—which is experienced as fear, anger, strain, shock, weakness, resignation, numbness or dissociation.

In anything we may do. these physical responses interfere with planning and physical coordination. In situations of stress or conflict, these powerful physical patterns undermine people’s ability to think rationally, interact empathically, and act peacefully. When people are traumatized,  these physical response patterns get locked into the body. People cannot move beyond the traumatic event and live in the present.

By learning how to open and balance your body and attention, you can develop a physical and mental state of relaxation, expansiveness, calm alertness, and compassionate power. This state of mind/body integrity is the foundation for overcoming the distress response and for handling any of life’s challenges effectively.

Fundamental concepts of BIM

Challenge-response model: Learning is necessary when there is a problem to solve.

• Calibration of exercises: A carefully graded series of difficulties develops abilities safely.

By looking at emotions as tangible body events, you can improve awareness and self-regulation.

• Body actions as testable hypotheses: Reframing movements as expressions of beliefs and setting up experiments to test the beliefs offers a path of growth.

• Ongoing practice: Self-awareness skills improve by working with exercises on a continuing basis.

• Hands-on body work & movement instruction: Two approaches to helping  students learn about themselves.

Applications of BIM

Relaxation: Comfort and ease in breathing, posture, and movement. Centered ways of dealing with pain and stress.

Personal growth: Learning to sense
the body foundations of emotional and spiritual states. Moving toward a way of living based on awareness, power, and love.

Task improvement: Efficient, injury free, confident functioning in areas such as music, sports, computer use, pregnancy, or daily life activities.

Trauma work: Reclaiming the body after physical or sexual abuse, surgery, injuries, or  other overwhelming events.

Conflict resolution and assertiveness: Creating a body state of non-violence, confidence, and strong boundaries.

Lessons, workshops, classes and training

For Aikido and Being In Movement®

Online Private lessons

Designed to fit your individual interests and needs as well as your style of learning and individual pacing. Because of their individual focus, they enable you to achieve the deepest and most rapid possible learning and growth.

When you have very specific needs that would not be addressed well by the general nature of a class, private lessons would be most appropriate.

In addition, training is available for individuals who want to use this work professionally.

Online workshops

Workshops, classes, presentations, and In-service trainings can be custom designed for groups on a variety of topics such as stress management, resilience, conflict resolution, work safety, or performance enhancement.

Classes bring the interests and questions of a broad variety of people into the teaching situation and in this way increase the energy and scope of the learning.

In addition, training is available for groups and individuals who want to use this work professionally.

Online Sessions

Skype and Zoom are internet video communication applications. I have been using them more and more, and I keep being amazed at how much richer communication is when I can see the person I'm talking with.
I recently conducted a session for an athlete who lived hundreds of miles away from me. She wanted to improve an aspect of her performance, and I used a series of exercises from Being In Movement® mindbody education to help her achieve her performance goal.
I have also conducted a number of sessions focusing on issues such as empowerment and abuse recovery or conflict resolution, and these sessions too were surprisingly effective. (Of course, when somebody is far away from me, I encourage them to work also with a local helping professional.)
Anyone who has used any of my books would not be surprised that the exercises worked. My books lead the reader through a carefully graded series of exercises to achieve practical skills. I have developed a verbally guided process for using body awareness as a foundation for improving performance, and it turns out that that process is ideally suited to online sessions. Being able to see the person gives me enough information that I can do effective no-touch bodywork.

If you are interested in scheduling an online session with me, contact me at paullinden@aol.com.

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Columbus Center for Movement Studies / Aikido of Columbus


Founded in 1982 by Paul Linden, the school focuses on mind/body learning through body and movement awareness training.

All classes are currently online at present during Covid pandemic, we hope to re-open in the future.

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Columbus Center for Movement Studies, 3003 Silver Drive, Columbus, OH 43224

Contact Paul Linden

You can email Paul here.

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