Keganin No Senshi Aikido (KNSA) is a modified form of Aikido developed specifically for veterans and others with Post Traumatic Stress. It is taught gently and involves no throws, falls or rolls.
We conduct Train-the-Trainers workshops nationally for Aikido practitioners, veterans, veteran facility staff, and counselors and therapists that teaches the fundamentals and enables them to see the benefits of incorporating our modified, no-falls form of Aikido as part of a treatment program for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress.
We are available for consulting, training and on-going support in establishing KNSA programs and incorporating components in conjunction with counseling/treatment programs for veterans.
Founder, Tom Osborn, served in the Army for 8 years, 6 of them in Special Forces with 24 months on A Teams in Viet Nam. He developed this program through his own experiences with Post Traumatic Stress and Aikido. He started practicing Aikido in 1967 and always said that it is what saved him. His book about the development of KNSA, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Holistic Approach (Levellers Press), was published in 2012. KNSA has continued its work since Tom’s death in December 2015, under the leadership of his partner and wife, Frances Welson; Jeff Dowdy, Fukishidoin, sandan; and a dedicated Board of Directors and supporters.
Onward into the fog.