Wow! I’m at an Asian Facilitation Conference in Malaysia and today attended a session on Kensankai Aikido Dojo. Aikido is a Japanese martial art, focusing on peace and harmony, using minimal strength and agression.
We learned about presence and welcoming and centring and deflecting and movement and responding and blending techniques (enetering and turning). This is a fabulous metaphor for the role of a facilitator – especially when faced with agressive, angry or bullying type participants.
And don’t even start me on the parallells with improv! Looking after your partner, being present and movement are integral to Aikido – something improvisers will easily relate too. Great stuff!
There’s SO MUCH more to learn.
AND, you can understand Aikido at a superficial level after a couple of years, but it takes many, many years and lots and lots of practice to master – and even then there’s still more to learn. Sounds a bit like the journey of learning facilitation to me.