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Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 12:15 pm OR 1:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Enrollment: 24 seats per session (48 seats total)

All Registered participants will receive details and location no later than one week prior to the workshop.

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Managing Conflict with Power & Presence (Aikido)

What effect does conflict have on our ability to lead change, influence others, and create environments that are energizing and inviting? Most of us believe that conflict is negative, which has a profound effect on how we manage it in the workplace and in life. What if we viewed conflict as necessary and even beneficial to creating cohesive teams and sustainable solutions to problems?

This dynamic and experiential workshop involves both body and mind with simple yet powerful kinesthetic activities from the martial art Aikido ("The Way of Harmony"). Emphasis is on appreciation, understanding, and working with your "opponents" instead of against them. You`ll examine beliefs about conflict that hold you back, practice skills such as centering, listening, and managing emotions, and strengthen your ability to make more powerful choices under pressure.

This program is for kinesthetic learners who like to immerse themselves in the educational experience. Come prepared to learn, explore, participate, and have fun.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply "on-the-mat" experiences to communication and conflict resolution
  • Change resistance into flow and reaction into conscious response
  • Increase presence under pressure
  • Understand the nature of power and how to maximize it for individual and team effectiveness
  • Transform conflict and utilize its energy to increase awareness and communicate with purpose

Judy Ringer and Roderick Johnson

Author and Facilitator

nullJudy Ringer is the author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict. She provides conflict and communication skills training throughout North America with unique workshops based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a second degree black belt. Employing best practice communication models, Judy brings to life key concepts such as self-management under pressure and appreciation of other viewpoints. Her programs are interactive, experiential and energetic.

Clients include te National Institutes of Health, BAE Systems, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Sony Corporation, Honda of America Manufacturing, Frito-Lay, Bose Corporation, The Wharton Graduate Leadership Program and Penn Law.

Judy is founder of Portsmouth Aikido and sole owner of Power & Presence Training, in Portsmouth, NH.




Roderick Johnson holds a B.A.  from Morehouse College and a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. He started practicing Aikido under Henry Smith Sensei more than 17 years ago and holds the rank of Sandan or 3rd degree black belt. After the death of Sensei Smith, Mr. Johnson assumed the role of Chief Instructor in August 2013.

In continuing the legacy of Smith Sensei, he seeks to foster an environment in which the essence of Aikido assists individuals in unlocking and releasing their life’s energy. Johnson Sensei is also a licensed social worker and therapist in the state of Pennsylvania and uses what he has learned from Aikido’s principles in his daily interactions with his clients and students to serve the Philadelphia community.