How KNSA Can Help You Offer a Program in Your Area

It is our intention to help establish locally-based Keganin No Senshi Aikido programs in collaboration with Aikido practitioners/dojos and groups committed to supporting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress. The role of KNSA is to facilitate establishing local, autonomous programs teaching our modified, no-falls form of Aikido, and to provide the ongoing support and resources needed to ensure their long-term success. The following is a summary of what we offer.


For a full description of our training, services and support

program, contact us at keganinnosenshi@gmail.com.


TRAINING

Initial Train-the-Trainers Workshop

The KNSA team can come to your area and conduct a

one-day workshop on teaching our modified, no-falls

form of Aikido for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress.

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KNSA will provide advice and assistance in involving veterans, aikidoka, therapists and veterans service groups in you area. While the workshop will be oriented primarily toward the unique approaches needed in teaching Aikido to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, having veterans involved in the workshop is helpful and highly encouraged. 

Annual Follow-up

In subsequent years, the KNSA team will be available for follow-up training as need.


                                                                          Major Area Workshops      

                                                                          KNSA can conduct workshops in major cities to bring together      

  aikidoka, staff and vets from all programs in the area as well          

as others interested in starting a program. These seminars will        

 be similar in structure to the local KNSA trainings, but will be         

open to aikidoka, therapists, vets organizations and support            

groups, and interested vets from a wider geographic area.              


LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

Aikidoka

If you are associated with an Aikido dojo, are interested in and see personal value in doing something significant for those who have served our country in combat, and are willing to make a serious commitment of time and energy, we can help you locate a Vets Service Center, VA facility or veteran’s organization in your area. We can work with you in successfully approaching these organizations and establishing a well structured, collaborative relationship and a strong, appropriate Aikido program.

Other Organizations

If you are with a Vets Service Center, major VA facility, veteran’s organization  [VFW, Legion, etc.] or fraternal organization [Elks, Rotary, etc], and you believe that offering the kinesthetic therapy of Aikido can be an advantage to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress in your area, we can help you find and establish a program in collaboration with an Aikido dojo.

Locating Partners in Your Area
We can provide:

  • Lists of many of these organizations in your area
  • Media materials to facilitate publicity
  • Assistance in facilitating initial contacts and 

               establishing solid, long-term working relationships


KNSA CAN ALSO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN:
FINDING A SITE

Locating and establishing a program at an off-dojo site in a location where vets are comfortable - an area as small as 10x20 square feet can work.

RECRUITING

  • Where to recruit
  • Publicity materials
  • How to get vets to attend


SUCCESSFUL CLASSES 

  • A proven format for a successful KNSA class
  • Forms for program record keeping and evaluation
  • Class materials: curriculum, class procedures and processes, and rank testing requirements


EVALUATION

We are currently conducting a Pilot Research Project to further verify the validity of utilizing Aikido to enable those with Post Traumatic Stress to live fuller, more constructive, peaceful lives. As part of that Project, we will provide a curriculum and evaluation process for you to determine if your program is meeting the needs of and engendering any changes for the veterans in your classes. Regular evaluations will also enable us to improve what we will then be able offer to you and other programs. 

FOLLOW-UP: SUPPORT, TRAINING

KNSA will stay in touch to see how you are doing, what new things you have tried, what successes and set backs you have experienced. We will make these experiences available to every program. The best learning will happen from programs communicating with programs. KNSA will strive to facilitate this sharing and communications


And most important, we will always be available when you have questions, problems, or need support.


COST

As an an all-volunteer organization, KNSA does not charge for our work. We are actively seeking funding so that we can continue to provide services to you at little or no cost. Currently, however, we do ask that you help as much as you can with expenses for transportation, and provide lodging and meals. 

Contact us at keganinnosenshi@gmail.com for further information.

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