Yuko Uchikawa Presenting at SDIC-ST 2011!

25 03 2011

When Yuko Uchikawa presented a workshop on “Building Peace Through Self-Defense” at SDIC 2008, our attendees reported back to us with a string of superlatives:  “Stunning.” “Brilliant!!! Completely!!!” “Wonderful! Wow – need more of this to keep us broadening!”  “Great combination of interactive, personal, and global.  Ending on a positive, hopeful, and peaceful note!” “This was extraordinary! I’m going to take this back to my life and teaching.  Thank you!! Your presentation was very well constructed, compassionate, and inspiring.”  “Please bring Yuko back, as well as other instructors who bridge local and global concerns.”

Your Self Defense Leadership Committee is thrilled to report that Yuko Uchikawa will be returning to SDIC-ST 2011 in July to teach a two workshop series on “Transforming Conflicts.”  Yuko received a Master of Arts degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (2007), where she focused on Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Since 2010, she has been working as a mediator at New York Center for Interpersonal Development, co-mediating community conflicts as well as working as a court mediator to resolve small claims cases at the civil court on Staten Island. She co-founded Ruckus Safety Awareness in 1993 and taught self-defense in New York. In 1997 she started a Ruckus branch in Japan, and travels throughout Japan to teach self-defense, train instructors, and lecture on self-defense and conflict resolution. Yuko has been training in the martial arts since 1992.

Please see Yuko’s workshop description, below, and we’ll see you at SUNY Brockport, July 20 – 24.  Go to http://www.nwmaf.org/ to register for SDIC-ST 2011 today!

“Transforming Conflicts,” with Yuko Uchikawa

“Problems cannot be solved at the level of awareness that created them.”  –Albert Einstein

Who we are and how our society views conflict affect how we navigate difficult situations. In litigious societies such the United States, disputes are often handed over to advocates, and a judge makes the final decision. Such conflict systems encourage us to compete when faced with conflict. When we compete, we dig into our positions and cease to understand the needs and interests of the other party. We focus more on what the conflict entails rather than how we are handling the conflict. We lose sight of options and become more invested in the outcome rather than the process.

In this two-part workshop, we will explore conflict through exercises, games, theory, and discussions. We will gain an awareness of our own conflict reactions, understand how our approach may influence the dispute, and consider alternative approaches. By increasing our skills and our understanding of ourselves and the other party, we will attempt to reach another level of awareness and to engage with conflict in a new way.

The path to peace and nonviolence begins with “peacekeeping.” Self defense functions as a way to maintain peace in our lives, thus we learn to be peacekeepers. Conflict Resolution is the next step and functions as “peacemaking.” By learning to resolve or transform conflicts in a peaceful way, we move towards the ultimate goal of building an everlasting peace in our lives, our communities, and our world.

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