Paul Linden - Being In Movement ®

Columbus Center for Movement Studies / Aikido of Columbus

Martial arts in trauma recovery and conflict resolution


By donation series of 6 x 2-hour online workshops with Paul Linden fortnightly starting Saturday 17 July (see dates/times below)

Many of Paul’s clients have experienced that a few hours of focused work with Paul can help them overcome old pain and habits more than months of other work.

In this course, we will identify skills that martial arts cultivate and explore which areas of daily life would benefit from having these resources. Participants with sufficient martial arts experience will have the opportunity to practice using simplified ways of teaching these skills outside martial art practice. We will focus on how martial artists can collaborate with other professionals in areas such as psychotherapy, education and health care.

It will be helpful (but not necessary) if you have a live partner to practice with.

The course is also for professionals who are not martial artists and want to experience this process and what it can offer other fields.  We will have the opportunity to create a community of practitioners who are interested in collaboration.     

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This course will include both experiential practices and refinement of concepts. We will explore themes such as:
• Body-awareness, balanced movement, and effective action.
• Touch, communication, and compassion. Empathy.
• Equanimity. Hard or soft, using force and flow.
• Fighting spirit, perseverance and resilience, Maintaining boundaries
• Focusing attention Inward and outward at the same time.
• Effects of language on somatic practice

PAUL LINDEN PhD will lead the course. He has been practicing and teaching Aikido for over 50 years and holds a sixth-degree black belt in Aikido as well as a first-degree black belt in Karate. He has focused on the interaction of hard and soft. He holds a BA in Philosophy, a PhD in Physical Education, and is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. He has also focused on the interaction of analytic thinking and non-verbal learning.

The course will be online on the Zoom platform
Saturdays 11am – 1pm Eastern time (4-6 PM BST) Starting July 17th • see your time zone

Other dates:
July 31st timezoneAugust 14th timezone • August 28th timezone • September 11th timezone • September 25th timezone

You don’t have to attend all calls live, you will receive a link to a page with the recordings.

You will receive an email with the zoom link after registration, 24hrs and 1 hr prior to the event and please enter the event to your calendar.

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By combining exercises in body awareness, flow, power and compassion with analytic empirical thinking, Paul has developed rapid and effective ways of bringing elements of martial arts such as centering, focusing, fighting spirit, and resilience into areas such as music, sports,  trauma recovery, and peacemaking. 

People usually think that telling the story of their pain is necessary for resolving it. However, if they tell the story before they learned effective methods of self-regulation, they replay the painful past in their body, which amounts to practicing being a victim. By identifying emotions as actions people do in the body (rather than being words and thoughts), Paul helps people examine and test these actions as strategies for staying safe. By creating better means of verbal and physical self-protection, people that they can in the present actually fight and win against what defeated them in the past. They can overcome learned powerlessness and give up coping strategies based on that self-identity. This may be enough for any given client, and it also serves as a foundation for the important work done by the more feeling-oriented modalities.