My interest in the Japanese martial art of Aikidō began over 10 years ago. Beyond being a set of defensive or offensive techniques, Aikidō encouraged me to reframe how to understand the process of engaging with others creatively.
Creativity in Aikidō is an emerging event which involves constantly reassessing one’s situation and priorities by managing the relational interactions among people to lead collaborative opportunities.
Aikidō proactively embodies an attitude, way of acting, a relational focus which practitioners can use beyond the Aikidō dōjō to address challenges they face in life. This way of being in the world is guided by the Aikidō principle of ‘aiki.’ The essence of an aiki experience requires that people to shift from an individual-centered perspective to a joint practice, connecting with others during processes of mutual communication. For Richard Strozzi-Heckler, “aiki is not a soft, New Age idea that resides in hope, but a practical, sturdy, actionable principle of effectively coordinating with others.”
My experience of Aikidō movement practices gave me important insights into an aiki way of working collaboratively with others involving harmony and co-operative action, culminating in the creation of the ‘BeWeDō® framework’.
BeWeDō utilises dynamic physical movement techniques inspired by Eastern philosophies, which incorporate both mental and physical communication skills.
BeWeDō is about thinking while moving … literally, ‘thinking on our feet’!