Founded in 1982 by Paul Linden, the Columbus Center for Movement Studies / Aikido of Columbus
focuses on mind/body learning through body and movement awareness training.

Being In Movement® and Aikido

are two related mind-body awareness disciplines.

Aikido is a nonviolent Japanese martial art, which Paul has been practicing for over 50 years.
Paul developed Being In Movement® mindbody education as a way of bringing the knowledge and
skills he developed in Aikido into daily life.

In Paul's understanding of Aikido, actions done in the mind/body state of compassionate power
and spacious perception use the musculoskeletal structure more efficiently and more effectively.
Such actions will tend to be more ethical and more fun.
In addition to its obvious use in self-defense, Aikido can use the defense techniques as stand-ins for improving daily life activities. Being In Movement® can go straight to those activities and improve them directly.

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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.

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

He has written numerous papers and books on diverse topics, and has created a number of instructional videos. He continues to work with individuals and groups.

key to efficient mindbody functioning

Being In Movement ®

mindbody education ● stress reduction
compassionate power ● peacemaking

The body is the key.
Being In Movement ® will show you how to unlock that key.

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 we are traumatized,  these physical response patterns get locked into the body. We 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.

Aikido Paul Linden Being In Movement


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

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 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.

Being In Movement ® Online Class

Learn to be more perceptive, empathic, powerful, and effective in everything you do. Experience that the integration of power and love is actually possible.

Through using clear language and intentional projection, anchor the body in a structurally balanced, stable, and mobile way of being. Improve your mindbody functioning in all areas of your life.

Weekly group class. No martial arts experience necessary.

Private Sessions

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 group class, private sessions would be most appropriate.

To schedule a private session with Paul, please contact him via e-mail.

Aikido Online Class: principles of action

Practice principles of action that will make your Aikido techniques more effective.

Gain a precise understanding of the structural mechanics of the attacker's and defender's movements, so that you can accomplish more while doing less. Practice the controlled use of appropriate force, so that you can practice safely and do what is needed in real-life situations.

Open to practitioners of any style of Aikido. Meets twice a month to augment your existing Aikido practice. Please register with a partner.

Columbus Center for Movement Studies
Aikido of Columbus

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for all other inquiries, and if you don't hear back from Paul within 48 hours

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