• Discover Aikido - Intro for People with Parkinson's

    Parkinson's Resources of Oregon

    Free event, limited space available, please preregister. See below. Aikido is a modern, non-competitive, Japanese martial art. The movements of aikido are generally smooth and fluid. Circles and spirals predominate in the techniques. The founder of the art, Morihei Ueshiba, said the aim of Aikido is “to unify the mind and body and to promote peace, harmony, and cooperation among all beings.” The Birankai style of aikido emphasizes self-transformation through the cultivation of five specific qualities. As we practice, we strive to be centered, connected, whole, lively, and open. These qualities are fostered in our empty-hand practice and weapons training (sword and jo staff handling). Why is Aikido a good match for People with Parkinson’s? Aikido practice is a good match for people with Parkinsons Disease because it includes so many of the components recommended to address typical PD constraints. Aikido includes: - Big flowing movements, weight shifts, turning, footwork, whole body motion. - Spinal extension, opening of the chest, full breathing exercises, large arm movements, stretching and strengthening movements resulting in improved posture and stronger legs. Read more... https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-aikido-tickets-48179986637 Location is Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, 8880 Southwest Nimbus Avenue #B Beaverton, OR 97008

  • Learn How To Fall Safely - March 17

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    • What we'll do Learn how to fall without injury. We all fall down from time to time. The next time you fall, how will you fare? Costs associated with falling can be high.* Ground level falls often result in pain, injury, hospitalization, rehab, time away from work, reduced confidence in physical activities, a shrinking sense of self-efficacy. Safe falling is a life skill that will serve you well throughout your lifetime. In this event participants will: - Learn key principles in falling successfully without injury - Practice progressive exercises and gain confidence in your falling technique - Take home gentle exercises you can practice on your own With practice, proper falling techniques can decrease the risks associated with falling. No one can guarantee you’ll never incur injury from a fall, however learning how to fall safely can significantly reduce the intensity of injury. The next time you take a tumble, you may just get up, brush your hands and continue on your way unscathed. Instructor: Suzane Van Amburgh has taught safe falling techniques and balance improvement exercises for over 25 years as an instructor of Aikido. As a 5th degree black belt and shidoin certified aikido instructor under Birankai North America, Van Amburgh brings deep knowledge of the anatomy of movement along with patience and enthusiasm for teaching beginners. Participant feedback: "We enjoyed the falling class very much, so thank you! We especially liked how friendly everyone was, and the careful demonstrations of various moves." "Suzane is a great teacher. She is calm, connects with the students, clear with instruction, and knows her topic." "You do not mess around. That is a wonderful thing." "The class gave me a different understanding of falling. It gave me tools to practice and use. It was also a good 90 min. workout. 5 out of 5 stars." * "Ground-level falls (GLFs) are the leading cause of nonfatal hospitalized injuries in the US....Data collected from regional trauma registry for the years 2001 through 2009....GLFs are an increasing public health concern with significant economic and social consequences. It is estimated that >30% of older adults fall yearly, with >1 out of 5 incidents requiring acute care, costing more than $20 billion a year in the US." Read the full research study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3246844/ • What to bring Wear shirt and pants you can move in easily. Be prepared to practice barefoot. Dressing rooms available to change your clothes. • Important to know https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-how-to-fall-safely-march-17-registration-43821312726

  • Learn How to Fall Safely - Feb. 24, 2018

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    • What we'll do Learn how to fall without injury. Safe falling is a life skill that will serve you well throughout your lifetime. We all fall down from time to time. The next time you fall, how will you fare? Costs associated with falling can be high.* Ground level falls often result in pain, injury, hospitalization, rehab, time away from work, reduced confidence in physical activities, a shrinking sense of self-efficacy. In this event participants will: - Learn key principles in falling successfully without injury - Practice progressive exercises and gain confidence in your falling technique - Take home gentle exercises you can practice on your own With practice, proper falling techniques can decrease the risks associated with falling. No one can guarantee you’ll never incur injury from a fall, however learning how to fall safely can significantly reduce the intensity of injury. The next time you take a tumble, you may just get up, brush your hands and continue on your way unscathed. Instructor: Suzane Van Amburgh has taught safe falling techniques and balance improvement exercises for over 25 years as an instructor of Aikido. As a 5th degree black belt and shidoin certified aikido instructor under Birankai North America, Van Amburgh brings deep knowledge of the anatomy of movement along with patience and enthusiasm for teaching beginners. * "Ground-level falls (GLFs) are the leading cause of nonfatal hospitalized injuries in the US....Data collected from regional trauma registry for the years 2001 through 2009....GLFs are an increasing public health concern with significant economic and social consequences. It is estimated that >30% of older adults fall yearly, with >1 out of 5 incidents requiring acute care, costing more than $20 billion a year in the US." Read the full research study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3246844/ Read recent article about falling: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/how-to-fall-safely.html Learn about a falling program in the Netherlands: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/world/europe/netherlands-falling-elderly.html • What to bring Be prepared to remove shoes and socks. We'll practice barefoot on the mat. • Important to know Register for $25 at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-how-to-fall-safely-feb-24-registration-42601199334

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  • Learn How to Fall Safely - Jan. 27

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    • What we'll do We all fall down from time to time. The next time you fall, how will you fare? Costs associated with falling can be high.* Ground level falls often result in pain, injury, hospitalization, rehab, time away from work, reduced confidence in physical activities, a shrinking sense of self-efficacy. Learn how to fall without injury. Safe falling is a life skill that will serve you well throughout your lifetime. In this event participants will: Learn key principles in falling successfully without injury Practice progressive exercises and gain confidence in your falling technique Take home gentle exercises you can practice on your own With practice, proper falling techniques can decrease the risks associated with falling. No one can guarantee you’ll never incur injury from a fall, however learning how to fall safely can significantly reduce the intensity of injury. The next time you take a tumble, you may just get up, brush your hands and continue on your way unscathed. Instructor: Suzane Van Amburgh has taught safe falling techniques and balance improvement exercises for over 25 years as an instructor of Aikido. As a 5th degree black belt and shidoin certified aikido instructor under Birankai North America, Van Amburgh brings deep knowledge of the anatomy of movement along with patience and enthusiasm for teaching beginners. * "Ground-level falls (GLFs) are the leading cause of nonfatal hospitalized injuries in the US....Data collected from regional trauma registry for the years 2001 through 2009....GLFs are an increasing public health concern with significant economic and social consequences. It is estimated that >30% of older adults fall yearly, with >1 out of 5 incidents requiring acute care, costing more than $20 billion a year in the US." Read the full research study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3246844/ Read recent article about falling: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/how-to-fall-safely.html Learn about a falling program in the Netherlands: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/world/europe/netherlands-falling-elderly.html • What to bring Be prepared to remove shoes and socks. We'll practice barefoot on the mat. • Important to know Register for $25 at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-how-to-fall-safely-jan-27-tickets-41547820650

  • Embodied Customer Insight with Sabine Amend

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    • What we'll do Embodied Customer Insight What if you could use movement-practices to more fully understand and influence “gut reactions” – yours and those of your customers – in relationships and in response to brands? Join us for an afternoon of embodied customer insight practice to do just that. This practice applies to personal branding, start-up marketing, and to larger organizations working on issues such as a customer experience strategies. Since “gut reactions” (e.g. like/dislike, dis/comfort, desire to move towards or away) are a form of high-speed information-processing in which somatically-based cues play a central role, movement-based investigations are effective for accessing insights into these processes. These experientially-based insights in turn become the foundation for adapting communication and creatively expanding untapped potentials. Your result: build authentic connection, more consistently, and with greater clarity. Facilitator: Sabine Amend is the President and CEO of an international consulting firm. She loves making connections between her different areas of expertise in communication, somatic movement work, adult learning, and change facilitation to craft innovative methods for living adaptively in change-rich times. She is also a researcher of movement-based leadership wisdom and a graduate instructor at Northeastern University CPS. Tags • What to bring Be prepared to remove shoes and socks. We'll work barefoot on the mat. • Important to know Register for free on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embodied-customer-insight-presented-by-sabine-amend-tickets-41547499690?aff=erelpanelorg

  • Take the Balance Challenge! Circuit Training Course for all levels

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    • What we'll do The Balance Challenge! Circuit Training Course Improve your balance, safely and enjoyably, by practicing the balance challenges in this indoor circuit training course. The exercises are varied and fun. Exercises are scalable so you can practice at the level of challenge appropriate for you. Regardless of your skill level, you can improve your balance and have fun doing it! “The balance class is relevant for all ages willing to try it. You don’t realize how your balance changes as you get older, usually not for the better. However, improvements can be made almost immediately and there are balance exercises for people of all ages and abilities. And it’s fun!” ~ Kristin Mitchell, Balance Challenge Alumna Your Instructor and balance coach: Suzane Van Amburgh developed the balance challenge circuit training course. Suzane is a martial arts instructor (aikido and iaido), a somatic educator and balance trainer. She conducted balance testing and balance training protocols in a clinical setting. She is the founder of the balance lab. Suzane brings fun balance challenges and an array of resources to help you explore and improve your own sense of balance. The exercises: The training course stations include a variety of challenges to improve coordination, proprioception, leg and core strength, how we use our eyes, eye/ hand coordination, somatosensory functioning, use of hip joints and spine. Our balance is influenced and maintained by the eyes, inner ear, and brain working together. The brain receives signals from the somatosensory system and processes that information along with input from the structures of inner ear and the eyes. Proprioceptors in the ankles and ribs are key to one’s sense of balance and the ability to restore balance. Leg strength and joint functioning are essential factors in balance as well. When you improve your balance you invest in an improved quality of life. What do you feel safe doing? Even a slight erosion of confidence in you balance over time, will subtly narrow the range of activities you choose to engage in. As confidence in your balance grows, you will broaden your options, move freely and enjoy a more active life. Whether you are rehabilitating from an injury, training for top performance, or anywhere in between, you will find the right level of challenge for you. If are interested in graceful aging, neuroplasticity, fall prevention or improved decision-making, you will find the Balance Challenge Training Circuit Course fascinating and engaging. • What to bring • Important to know Register for $25 at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-balance-challenge-circuit-training-course-tickets-41547870800?aff=erelpanelorg

  • Fold A Crane for the New Year! - Origami activity

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    • What we'll do Origami crane folding activity for adults and children. Paper and instructions provided. Hosted by Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei. Wednesday January 10,[masked]:45pm- 6:15pm FREE event, limited space. Okay to arrive anytime between 4:45pm to 5:45pm. Event wraps up by 6:15pm. Free event but limited space! Please register ahead at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fold-a-crane-for-the-new-year-tickets-41547404405?aff=erelpanelorg • What to bring We will provide basic solid color papers and instructions. You are welcome to bring your own paper if you want something fancy! • Important to know Free event but limited space! Please register ahead at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fold-a-crane-for-the-new-year-tickets-41547404405?aff=erelpanelorg

  • Learn How to Fall Safely

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    • What we'll do We all fall down from time to time. The next time you fall, how will you fare? Costs associated with falling can be high.* Ground level falls often result in pain, injury, hospitalization, rehab, time away from work, reduced confidence in physical activities, a shrinking sense of self-efficacy. Learn how to fall without injury. Safe falling is a life skill that will serve you well throughout your lifetime. In this event participants will: Learn key principles in falling successfully without injury Practice progressive exercises and gain confidence in your falling technique Take home gentle exercises you can practice on your own With practice, proper falling techniques can decrease the risks associated with falling. No one can guarantee you’ll never incur injury from a fall, however learning how to fall safely can significantly reduce the intensity of injury. The next time you take a tumble, you may just get up, brush your hands and continue on your way unscathed. Instructor: Suzane Van Amburgh has taught safe falling techniques and balance improvement exercises for over 25 years as an instructor of Aikido. As a 5th degree black belt and shidoin certified aikido instructor under Birankai North America, Van Amburgh brings deep knowledge of the anatomy of movement along with patience and enthusiasm for teaching beginners. * "Ground-level falls (GLFs) are the leading cause of nonfatal hospitalized injuries in the US....Data collected from regional trauma registry for the years 2001 through 2009....GLFs are an increasing public health concern with significant economic and social consequences. It is estimated that >30% of older adults fall yearly, with >1 out of 5 incidents requiring acute care, costing more than $20 billion a year in the US. Read the full research study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3246844/ . See all the embodied events happening at Aikido Multnomah Aikikai this month, January 2018: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/suzane-van-amburgh-event-host-chief-instructor-of-aikido-multnomah-aikikai-8447774357 • What to bring Wear something you can move in comfortably. Be prepared to remove shoes and socks. We'll be working barefoot on the mat. • Important to know This mini-workshop is just $25. Register via Eventbrite or pay at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-how-to-fall-safely-jan-6-tickets-41547793569

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  • Free Open House event: Aikido Appetizer

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    Aikido is a non-competitive martial art and has relevance to our Meetup topic, "negotiating challenging encounters." The practice is a form of embodied learning. Oct. 7th, step onto the mat and participate in fun, engaging partner exercises that awaken a sensory experience and ignite a spark. Get ready for fun! This is a great opportunity to try something NEW. Free of charge! Aikido Appetizer is a free Open House event hosted by Aikido Multnomah Aikikai. Enjoy a taste of what the practice of Aikido is all about. This event will be led by Suzane Van Amburgh and is open to both adults and children. Wear something comfortable you can move in. Be prepared to remove all jewelry and practice barefoot. Here's the schedule: 10am: Doors open. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, sign in and get oriented to the space. 10:30 am: Step onto the mat for a sensory experience and introduction to the art of aikido. Whet your appetite for for martial practice and get your body moving. Everyone can participate at their own pace. 11:30 am - noon: Enjoy! We will have tea and sushi. Socialize and ask questions of members. Whet your appetite and get a taste of what it's like to practice aikido. This is an ideal opportunity to experience Aikido first hand. You are invited to our free Open House - the Aikido Appetizer! Family, friends, neighbors are welcome!!

  • "Let Go of Me!" - Release from a wrist grab

    Aikido - Multnomah Aikikai

    $25.00

    “Let go of me!” ~ August 5th Meetup If someone takes hold of you, literally or figuratively, how do you release their grasp? At this event we will explore common wrist grabs, options for response and how you can move your body to release a person’s grip on you. This physical practice serves as not only a metaphor for interpersonal encounters but an embodied learning experience you can carry with you and apply to your everyday interpersonal encounters. A supple stance, both mentally and physically, allows us to move and adapt to the changing environment. The non-competitive martial art of aikido affords us the opportunity to make the conceptual physical and explore the nuances of communication and leadership in a safe laboratory of embodied learning practice. When we imbue the sensory activities with intention and awareness, the relevancy to our workplace encounters springs to life. Benefits and outcomes include: 1. Practice simple wrist releases to quickly escape unwanted physical contact. 2. Learn how you can use the power of the ground to apply leverage and break someone’s grip on you. 3. Understand the mechanics of the human grip and experiment with the natural levers of the body. 4. Sense your instinctive response to challenging encounters and consciously introduce options for change. 5. Build confidence that you can learn to change the dynamics of a developing situation in its early stages. Our Meetup is held at an aikido dojo. Please be prepared to remove your shoes and participate barefoot. Wear something comfortable you can move in.

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