Using the power of Aikido to help veterans with Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [CRPTSD]

We are working with Aikido for Veterans to conduct seminars nationally for veterans, Aikido practitioners and veteran facility staff that will enable them to see the benefits of incorporating Aikido as part of a treatment program for vets with CRPTSD.

We are available for consulting, training and on-going support in establishing Aikido components in conjunction with counseling/treatment programs for veterans.  

Please contact us if you would like more information.

Tom Osborn, founder and sensei served in the US Army for 8 years six months in heavy equipment training, a year and a half in the 101st Airborne and six plus years
in Special Forces. He spent 24 months on Special Forces A teams in Viet Nam. While on Okinawa, 
he achieved a black belt in Karate and he often served as an unarmed combat instructor.
 He also has
earned a black belt in Aikido.           

In his words:  "When I was discharged on returning from Viet Nam, there were few services available to combat veterans, and going to the VA for medical treatment was seen as throwing oneself into an institutional maw, to be chewed up, swallowed and ignored.  To be labeled with "combat fatigue" was seen as a shameful thing. But under my facade, apparently, I was a particular bastard -
violent anger, sleeplessness, fits of deep melancholy
and despair [occasionally sobbing uncontrollably for no apparent reason] - all the symptoms which might today be seen as Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [CRPTSD].  Some which with I still struggle. 

In 1967, I happened on Aikido, and have been studying and practicing fairly consistently for 43 years and it has always been a major part of my life.  Whether I was able to practice at a dojo or not, I found the guiding principles having a major impact on everything I did, every organization in which I was involved.  The kinesthetic learning that comes with practicing Aikido has enabled me to relax and channel all of that negative, self-defeating energy into something empowering, something I can use positively."

Keganin No Senshi Aikido is based on the Aikido class Tom recently tau
ght 2 to 3 times a week at a veterans facility in the ward for vets with CRPTSD and was developed to enable vets with CRPTSD to become more vital, constructive, integrated members of the community (see Book Information for details).  
Our goal is to recruit, train and p
rovide backup support to Aikido practitioners across the country, in collaboration with staff at veteran support and counseling programs, to adapt and conduct similar classes for veterans with CRPTSD as a positive complement to the regular programs of counseling and therapy offered by these centers.  

A bit more about Tom:  From 1967 to 1988, he was  involved in founding and/or directing several alternative schools, a residential program for adjudicated youth, and a residential program for youth with mental, emotional and physical disabilities.  He received an M.Ed. and did doctoral work and taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  For twenty years, starting in 1988, he was partner in Thomas D. Osborn Mosaic Hardwood Floors.  He is a
n Irishman with a gray beard, not much gray hair, lovely hazel eyes, an interesting sense of humor, and a long-standing commitment to making our world a better place.   

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