Aikido and Iaido and the Sword of Nonviolence Training with Michele Benzamin-Miki at Aikido Sho Bi Juku
Nishio-Ryu is a series of katas (movement sequences) developed by Shoji Nishio Sensei based directly on Aikido techniques, movements and principles. These sword katas are not intended to cut your opponent as in the other Iaido styles, although the understanding of how to cut your opponent is still part of the training.
Michele Sensei is ranked 6th Dan in Aikido, 5th Dan in Nishio Ryu Iaido, and 5th Dan in Sosho Ryu Iaido. She has dedicated forty years to training and teaching nonviolent martial arts, and trained extensively for many years with both Nishio Sensei and Yoshida Sensei
In addition to teaching nonviolence, she has taught meditation, mindfulness, creativity and diversity for organizations, schools, and within the prison systems, indian reservations, and underserved communities for three decades, and has left a legacy of continued programs and education in those places.
She is a performance artist and visual artist, whose work is exhibited internationally, and integrates her art into her healing and transformational work, inspiring and changing the lives of thousands of her students and clients in using the power of their imagination.
Currently she works with evolutionary leaders, conscious entrepreneurs, front line activists, and gifted artists who are passionate about their work and have a strong desire to create positive impact in their communities and in the world.
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