Verbal Aikido is a means of communication that enables the practitioner to transform verbal attacks, both effectively and peacefully. This philosophy comes from the Japanese martial art of Aikido that seeks to transform ‘attackers’ into training partners. It’s a fun and easy-to-learn approach that can be learned from ages as young as 5 years old. Regular practice of Verbal Aikido considerably increases self-esteem, altruism, and the confidence to manage conflict in a self-affirming and harmonious manner.
Luke Archer is an Irish-born teacher trainer, writer and public speaker on communication, conflict management, and education development. He’s been living in Lyon, France since 1995, where he has innovated and pioneered Verbal Aikido training since 2009. He continues to work with companies, schools and students of all ages internationally spreading this way of peaceful communication to one boardroom or classroom at a time.
Stephen Kotev is a Washington D.C. based conflict resolution