I'm totally excited to be inviting you to this first of it’s kind online gathering of the GLOBAL AIKIDO TRIBE.
“Aikido At The Leading Edge” Tele-Summit was a 10-day online gathering of some of the Aikido world’s leading voices. I invite you to join me and learn from these inspiring men and women as they share their perspectives and vision of the art.
In my 30 plus years in Aikido it has always amazed me how when we come together as a community, and explore the art with a clear intention and an open heart, the wisdom of Aikido actually begins to speak through us. It is true that our teachers help us to tap into Aikido's wisdom. But for this wisdom to be expressed in the world, it is very clear that Aikido also needs us.
In my teaching travels, here in my home dojo, and in our online community, I am regularly approached by people who long to bring the Aikido community together in this higher purpose. Simply because we love to learn, to explore, and to practice TOGETHER.
There is an old African saying that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” It is with this clear communal intention that I have envisioned this Tele-Summit.
Let’s walk this Path together and co-create "Aikido At The Leading Edge“
The Integral Dojo
"Wowwowwowwowwowwow!!! This is our generation's equivalent of Stan Pranin's First Aiki Friendship Demonstrations."
"Thanks a lot Miles for such a unique event. So much Quality, so much Quantity."
"I'm grateful to you and what you have given not just the Aikido community, but the collective consciousness as well. "
"Miles deserves a gold star for his creation."
"What a great success! Many thanks for making such rich resource available to the aikido community!"
"What a gift! A rare opportunity to sit with so many great teachers & soak in their stories, their characters, their combined experience. Feeling the synergy of everyone gathering is simply..... magic. This tele summit is super-food; giving a shot of deep-nutrition to our emerging, global, Aikido community."
"What an amazing resource! Bringing together the luminaries of the Aikido world; what a gift!"
"It is truly a great service in the way you are holding this space and knitting our community together. Thank you so much!"
"This was a community of trust, openness and total good will you created. So well done! Thank you!"
"Thank you for the beautiful opportunity to share and work with all the other teachers. It's been a very enriching experience; a lot to learn! Nice to see your inspiration flow so powerfully!"
"Wow this is great! Thank you brother Miles. Refreshing to sit with you and congrats on an AMAZING teleconference that is serving so many!"
"Such an amazing event with so many inspiring people."
"Oh my goodness, this continues to be so good! You have proven that when you get a bunch of aikidoka together good stuff is bound to happen! "
"You have opened the circle! We needed that. We may have different styles, but one thing that we all have without debate is the same principles of Aikido."
"Miles Kessler, the tele-summit was a monumental achievement. Big congratulations and thanks. "
"This Aikido Summit of yours Miles was incredible. I have so loved listening to the many interviews and they make me realize what an amazing thing you have done."
"That was an amazing 10 days!"
"What can I say? I would like to thank Miles Kessler for having the vision and the will to create such an important event. I found it extremely inspirational and helpful to my practice of aikido and at the way I look at life in general."
"The energy, ideas and inspiration from the amazing 10 days of the summit were flowing through me as I trained this evening. Deepest gratitude to all the teachers for their shared wisdom."
"Overwhelmingly, the feeling I got was that we have a much more open and inclusive community than I previously thought. I think Stan Pranin would have loved this."
"This summit has been a breathe of fresh air! You've brought us all together wonderful man."
"It was fantastic! I think you are making Aikido history. Thank you very much Miles!"
"This was a fabulous Summit. What a great way to connect to the global Aikido community to share ideas and attain new insights. I'm looking forward to the next one. "
"I've been training in and teaching aikido for about 35 years so it was an experience to have a sense of renewal on the one hand, and some confirmation of my own aikido path on the other. These sessions will be worth revisiting for further inspiration."
"I'm very convinced that this experience will set the course for a new way of teaching, learning, living Aikido."
"This telesummit came at the perfect time. It was such a relief to hear so many people speak about the spiritual aspects of Aikido"
"I feel incredibly grateful for the time, energy, depth, wisdom, and work that everyone contributed to bring this extraordinary compilation of teachings to the world. Thanks Miles and all, for an amazing experience of learning….sans planes trains and automobiles. Many blessings. "
Session 1: Opening Keynote Address - Miles Kessler | "Aikido's Emerging Paradigm"
Session 2: Workshop w/ Patrick Cassidy & Miles Kessler | "Evolutionary Aikido"
Session 1: Interview - Robert Frager Sensei | "The Ego's Journey Towards Wholeness Through Aikido"
Session 2: Interview - John Stevens Sensei | "O Sensei's Vision For Aikido"
Session 1: Panel Discussion: “Spitting Out The Bones - On A Post-Japanese Aikido Culture” | w/ Teja “Fudomyo” Bell, Richard Moon, Patrick Cassidy, & Miles Kessler
Session 2: Panel Discussion: “The Uke/Nage Relationship: Why We Need Each Other To Evolve” | w/ Dr. Dirk Mueller, Judith Elza, Sonja Sauer, Miles Kessler
Session 3: Interview - Linda Holiday Sensei | "Journey To The Heart Of Aikido"
Session 4: Workshop: Paul Linden | “Stress and Peacemaking”
Session 1: Workshop w/ Dominique Cassidy | "Aikido & Meditation"
Session 2: Interview - Kimberly Richardson Sensei | "Aikido & Spirituality"
Session 3: Panel Discussion: “Aikido And Peace Making” | w/ Aiki Extensions teachers Paul Linden, Quentin Cooke, Robert Kent, and Bill Leicht
Session 4: Panel Discussion: “Old School vs. New School: Learning Methods In Aikido” | w/ Josh Gold, Charles Colten, Dr. Fred Phillips, Paul Linden
Session 1: Panel Discussion: “Aikido As A Healing Art” | w/ Susan Chandler, Dr. Dirk Mueller, Dr. Dominique Cassidy, & Paul Linden
Session 2: Panel Discussion - "The Soul's Journey In Aikido" | w/ Rev. Koichi Barrish, Patrick Cassidy, Miles Kessler
Session 3: Panel Discussion - “Why We Need A Dharma Of Aikido” | w/ Teja “Fudomyo” Bell, Eran "Junryu" Vardi, Paula "Rei Kiku" Femenias, & Miles Kessler
Session 1: Workshop w/ Mark Walsh | “Aikido As A Tool For Personal Growth”
Session 2: Panel Discussion - "Aikido As A Life Path" | w/ Kayla Feder, Mouliko Halen, & Miranda Saarentaus, Vince Salvatore
Session 3: Interview - Wendy Palmer Sensei | “Self-Reflection Through Aikido"
Session 4: Panel Discussion - "Aikido And Non-Duality" | w/ Dan Messisco, Bjorn Saw, Patrick Cassidy, Dave Goldberg
Session 5: Panel Discussion - “Is Aikido A Martial Art?” | w/ Lenny Sly, Roy Dean, Vince Salvatore, Corky Quakenbush
Session 1: Interview w/ Christian Tissier Sensei | "An Aikido Life"
Session 2: Interview - David Shaner Sensei | "The Unlikely Story"
Session 3: Panel Discussion: "O Sensei Revisited” | w/ Bob Nadeau, Jack Wada, Richard Moon, Moderated by Patrick Cassidy
Session 4: Panel Discussion - "Is the Uchi Deshi System Still Relevant In Today's World?" | w/ Joe Thambu, Blaine Feyen & Miles Kessler
Session 1: Workshop w/ Anita Paalvast | “Organizational Change Through Aikido Principles”
Session 2: Interview - Jan Nevelius Sensei | "Finding Your Own Aikido"
Session 3: Panel Discussion - "Aikido and Media" | w/ Josh Gold, Roy Dean, Rokas Leonavičius, Bogdan Heretoiu
Session 4: Interview - Joe Thambu Sensei | "Aikido Past, Present, And Future"
Session 1: World Cafe - “What Is The Future Of Aikido” | w/ - Miles Kessler & Anita Paalvast
Session 2: Sensei Round Table | w/ Various Teachers
Session 1: Keynote Address - Richard Strozzi Heckler Sensei | “Aikido in the 21st Century: Self, Society, and Nature"
Session 2: Tele-Summit Close - Your Turn & Community Sharing
w/ Miles Kessler
Miles Kessler Sensei is an American teacher of Aikido (6th Dan), meditation, and Integral Practice. He lived in Asia for over 12 years achieving mastery in both Aikido and meditation.
For 8 years Miles lived in Japan and studied Aikido full time at the famous Iwama dojo with the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th dan Aikikai), including one year as a live-in apprentice (uchi deshi).
After leaving Japan Miles spent a total of 3 years on intensive Vipassana meditation retreats. He practiced under the guidance of the renowned Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma, and Sayadaw U Vivekananda in Lumbini, Nepal. It was under their close guidance that Miles finished his formal meditation training in 2006.
Miles holds lineage in both the Iwama tradition of Aikido, and the Mahasi tradition of Vipassana meditation. This dual lineage is a rare accomplishment, making Miles a unique gift among western teachers.
Miles has been teaching internationally and guiding individuals and groups in developmental and transformational work for the past 20 years.
Miles has lived in Israel since 2006, where he is the guiding teacher of the Integral Dojo - Tel Aviv, a center for Aikido, Dharma, and Integral Practice.
Gain access to our beautiful member's site for video streaming of the entire tele-summit archives. Our user friendly member's site is your treasure trove of Aikido wisdom offered from these amazing teachers. This is your access to these amazing senseis for years of guidance, teaching, & inspiration for your Aikido.
The "Aikido At The Leading Edge" tele-summit sessions are a unique mix of Keynote Addresses, Interviews, Panel Discussions, Workshops, and an Aikido World Cafe. All the sessions are organized in a clear playlist that allows you to track your progress of the videos you have watched, and know what you have not yet seen.
The entire tele-summit was captured in live video recordings. Not only can you stream these videos on the member's site, but the archive is available to download for watching offline and on your personal devices. A great way to watch this wisdom while on the go.
All sessions are available for download as audio files. Perfect for keeping in your mobile devices for learning on the go. You can have this entire collection of wisdom right in your pocket and at a push of a button!
In 2015 The Integral Dojo produced the online ecourse "From The Dojo To The World" w/ 6 of the Aikido world's most inspiring teachers. All 6 of these sessions are now packaged in an e-course w/ audios of each session, as well as a transcribed PDF ebook of each session.
Here's what you will learn:
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Includes The Entire Tele-Summit Archives, Plus "From The Dojo To The World" Bonus Course.
Participant Consent: All sessions of the “Aikido At The Leading Edge“ Tele-Summit will be recorded, including both presenters and participants. I understand that by registering for the Tele-Summit, I am granting The Integral Dojo permission to record and use without limit any Tele-Summit audio and video recordings in which my voice or image appear.