Sarete builds on the demonstrated results of traditional martial arts that counter violence. However; only aikido utilizes non-violence as the method of realizing peace. Aikido techniques resolve physical conflict with methods applicable to other forms of conflict. Aikido techniques include actions of centering, self-regulation, and conflict resolution. These techniques focus on breathing, posture, muscle tension, and non-oppositional movement.
Sarete is supported by research showing that traditional martial arts build necessary life-skills and have a unique potential to produce positive results.This is in contrast to sports, aerobics, and competition-focused martial arts. (Trulson, 84; Nejafi, 2003)
- Demonstrated traditional martial arts outcomes include:
- Improved self-image (Babcock Meriwether, 2008)
- Increased self regulation (Lakes & Hoyt, 2004; Rahona López, 2013)
- Reduced aggression (Steyn & Roux, 2009)
- Reduced anxiety (Layton et al., 1990)
- Reduced bullying (Twemlow et al. 2008)
- Reduced delinquacy (Zivin et al., 2000)
Sarete utilizes aikido to extend the reach of conventional clinical interventions as a complementary and alternative treatment.
- Aikido is a physical practice, which benefits individuals struggling with the physiological experience of conflict. (Alsmith & De Vignemont, 2012)
- Aikido offers the opportunity for long-term practice and advancement, designed to extend the immediate benefits of traditional therapy for individuals who struggle with chronic symptoms (Durham et al., 2005).
- Aikido is a group practice implemented in a variety of settings, thus providing an alternative to individuals who may not seek conventional therapy. (Harris Interactive, 2004)
Sarete draws from a variety of fields of study including neuroscience, psychology, mindfulness, and meditation.
- Our brains perceive and react to actions, expressions, posture, and physical orientation.
- Our thoughts, approaches, and reactions to conflict affect our ability to enact positive, adaptive, and goal oriented behaviors.
- Our recognition of body states such as tension, release, and relaxation allows us to measure and regulate our physical behavior
- Our experience is enhanced when we approach the present with an “open mind” and an “open body.”
- Our body systems reassert healthy functions when we support a centered state through breathing, posture, and relaxation.