Sarete offers a transitional framework for groups of soldiers to re-engage with “be-ing in peacetime,” through utilizing strengths and capabilities while building skills in problem solving and conflict resolution. Focus is placed on centering and self-regulation in the context of stress, anxiety, and conflict to manifest a present, secure, and engaged self
Breathing, posture, and prepartation exercises are used to maintain a centered present state.
Breathing for rest and readiness
- Breathing reflects your state of mind and body.
- Focused breathing supports a physical equilibrium by returning the body and mind to supportive roles.
- Breathing exercises can be used orient thoughts, actions, and behaviors toward goal-oriented attention.
- Standing with attention and engagement
- Posture reflects your state of energy.
- Being present and open increases the capacity for positive sensory experience.
- Practiced action focuses attention on connecting effort and energy to the present moment.
- Mobilizing toward intention and goals
- Preparation reflects your state of purpose.
- Non-oppositional response supports adaptive capabilities.
- Goal-oriented action designates a path and a way leading toward specific opportunities.
Gesture, interaction, and strategy can regulate the prolonged physiological layover of combat.
- Gestures for reset and regulation
- Non-verbals convey your emotion, impulse, and disposition.
- Alternative gestures support self-regulation by reducing automatic flight, fight, and freeze reactions.
- Regulation exercises interrupt cycles of anxiety, stress, and arousal in support of processing and effort.
- Interacting with acceptance and non-opposition
- Responses convey your perceptions and expectations.
- Being responsive focuses strengths and capabilities on opportunities for positive change.
- Practiced action minimizes reactive behaviors in the context of overwhelming experience.
- Strategies toward security and growth
- “How you do” conveys your goals and challenges.
- Non-oppositional, adaptive, and responsive behavior establishes security while minimizing the potential for conflict.
- Controlled practice equips individuals to establish and maintain security in actual experience.
Practice occurs in a group setting of fellow soldiers to provide a context for positive engagement and physical contact. This experience builds off shared experience, struggles, and goals to initiate positive physical and personal engagement that may be absent in the transition to civilian life.
Build relationships in the context of non-verbal interaction
- Dojo etiquette and structure separates practice from everyday life.
- Techniques have a clear purpose, process, and objective.
- Physical practice provides a context for connection and interaction.
Increase physical interaction through the progression of practice.
- Personal space progresses to mutual, interactive, and conflicting space.
- Physical contact progresses from approximate, to present, to committed.
- Interaction between attacker and aikidoist progress from mimicking movements, to utilizing mechanics, to expressing emotion, philosophy, and intent through action.
Utilize methods to minimize interpersonal conflict.
- Centering regulates physiological reactions in personal, professional, and social environments.
- Aikido movements reduce non-verbal behaviors that contribute to the development of conflict.
- Non-oppositional resolution of physical conflict utilizes strategies appropriate to resolving other forms of conflict.
Recovery, transition, and growth is difficult in the presence of new conflict. Problem solving and resolution strategies will be included to reduce the impact and prevalence of conflict. Aikido utilizes non-oppositional problem solving, which can aid in understanding and addressing interpersonal conflict and resolution.
Distinguish between oppositional and non-oppositional interactions.
- Attack and defense clearly embodies expressing and receiving oppositional action as the basis for identifying non-oppositional alternatives.
- Aikido techniques become more effective with the reduction of force and opposition.
- It feels “good” to throw and be thrown when a technique is free of oppositional action and intent.
Develop non-oppositional, goal oriented responses to conflict
- Practice and instruction are correlated to life-skills and strategies that reduce the causes and impact of conflict.
- Movements are correlated adaptive relationship skills that promote positive problem-solving responses .
- Techniques are correlated to forms of non-oppositional resolution that focus on forming goal-oriented opportunities.
Implement adaptive resolution strategies to develop opportunities
- Respond to the presence of conflict by taking non-oppositional, secure, and adaptive action.
- Identify possibilities for change that do not promote additional conflict
- Utilize the energy of conflict and change to nurture the presence of opportunity.