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Building a Civil Society with Martial Arts Training

“F**k you!” My Monday morning greeting from a third grader I was meeting for the first time as the substitute teacher in a suburban mid-west town.  I was struck by the intensity of his emotions. His face contorted with anger, body tensed with fear. What could cause such a reaction from an 8 year old? What was going on in his life that this was his way of communicating? How did he learn this behavior? How as a society have we allowed this behavior to become more and more common?

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Landry Sensei

Chief instructor Roshinkan Aikido Dojo- James Landry sensei,(5th dan Aikikai) began his practice of Aikido in 1986. He studied with instructors in Seattle and Spokane before being accepted as uchi deshi to Toyoda Shihan and moving to Chicago to pursue his goal of being a professional Aikido instructor. Mr. Landry remained in the Chicago area after the death of Toyoda Shihan where he continued his studies under Sato Sensei and Menning Sensei. While teaching over 20 classes a week at Onshinkan dojo and Purdue University's Calumet campus Mr. Landry continued to develop his teaching style and understanding of Aikido with students of all ages and abilities.

Off the mat Mr. Landry developed programs that bring Aikido principles to the larger community. His work included; the "Dynamic Peace" program of conflict management, experiential group work with youth diagnosed with mental health problems, leadership training with the Creative Youth Leadership Camps of Buffalo NY, and safety and awareness training for social workers and others in high risk occupations.

Upon returning to Spokane, Mr. Landry continued to train in and teach Aikido at Roshinkan Aikido dojo while working in the social service industry serving the very poor and homeless of Spokane. Currently Mr. Landry devotes his full time and energy to teaching Aikido in the community and developing and implementing programs that support the principles of Aikido throughout the region.



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