Aikido as Transformative and Embodied Pedagogy

Teacher as Healer

Authors: Gordon, Michael

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  • Presents an immersive study into how a mind-body practice such as Aikido fosters an aspirational, embodied, philosophical and ethical habitus of relationality towards all life
  • Offers epistemological, transpersonal insights that have direct application to daily life
  • Explores the role of pedagogy as having a restorative social and psychological effect on learners and educators
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Drawing on the author’s lifelong practice in the non-competitive and defensive Japanese art of Aikido, this book examines education as self-cultivation, from a Japanese philosophy (e.g. Buddhist) perspective. Contemplative practices, such as secular mindfulness meditation, are being increasingly integrated into pedagogical settings to enhance social and emotional learning and well-being and to address stress-induced overwhelm due to increased pressures on the education system and its constituents. The chapters in this book explore the various ways, through the lens of this non-violent relational art of Aikido, that pedagogy is always something being practiced (on the level of psychological, somatic and emotional registers) and thus holding potential for transformation into being more relational, ecological-minded, and reflecting more ‘embodied attunement.’ Positioning education as a practice, one of self-discovery, the author argues that one can approach personal development as engaging in a spiritual process of integrating mind and body towards full presence of being and existence.

About the authors

Michael A. Gordon is a sessional instructor and award-winning scholar in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada, and a 6th Dan Aikido teacher with an autonomous organization also based in Canada. He writes and presents internationally on a range of issues related to ‘spiritual psychology.’ He is also owner and Clinical Director of Mindful You Therapy Center in Vancouver, Canada, specializing in adult/couples psychological counseling, trauma recovery (EMDR), psychospiritual development, and mind/body integration.

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“This book makes a significant contribution to the field of contemplative education in showing how Aikido is a powerful form of embodied inquiry. The book is filled with examples of Aikido movements to explain the concepts that are presented.” (Jack Miller, Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at University of Toronto, Canada)

“Gordon presents a compendium of essays, brilliantly expounding major concepts that squarely (should) belong to educational discourse, such as curriculum of self-cultivation, pedagogy of love as practice, primacy of suffering, developmental trauma, fear of living or life anxiety, overcoming of narcissism, practice of inter-relationship, and psychospiritual realization.” (Heesoon Bai, Professor of Philosophy of Education, Simon Fraser University, Canada)

“There are a ton of treasures in this book. It challenges us to integrate our ontological, epistemological perspectives with incorporating and cultivating ki for the capacity of connecting with each other, nature and the universe. We live in an interdependent cosmos, and love is the cosmic energy which underlies ki development and practice of nonviolence in Aikido. Gordon connects eastern philosophy and practice of ki with western psychological and therapeutic concepts such as Carl Jung’s notion of “shadow” and synchronicity. The reading is mind opening and psychophysically energizing; more importantly, it is spiritually elevating and transformative. Readers can gain a lot from the wisdom of Dr. Gordon as an Aikido teacher, educator and psychotherapist.” (Jing Lin, Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Practice as Transformative Wholeness

    Pages 3-56

    Gordon, Michael A.

  • Teacher as Healer: Animating the ‘Ecological Self’ Through Holistic, Engaged Pedagogy

    Pages 57-86

    Gordon, Michael A.

  • Awakening to Wholeness: Aikido as an Embodied Praxis of Intersubjectivity

    Pages 89-108

    Gordon, Michael A.

  • Moto-Morphosis: The Gestalt of Aikido and Psychotherapy, and Motorcycling as ‘Way’

    Pages 109-136

    Gordon, Michael A.

  • The Way of the Classroom: Aikido as Transformative and Embodied Pedagogy Through Self-Cultivation

    Pages 139-161

    Gordon, Michael A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aikido as Transformative and Embodied Pedagogy
Book Subtitle
Teacher as Healer
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23953-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23953-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23952-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 192
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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