Aikido and Recovery are utilized to help Men's Warrior Energy return to them thru this Martial Art Program.
In addition to hiring Kathi McConnell as full time Equine Program Director, we have begun utilizing the Aikido of Missoula dojo for our men. Sensei Raso Hultgren founded the dojo almost 30 years ago and has established an outstanding reputation here in Missoula, across the country and overseas.
It has become apparent to us over the past year that sex addiction erodes men's warrior energy. They stop doing activities that physically challenge them, keep them connected to their Higher Power and provide a sense of groundedness.
Aikido is a martial art that both challenges the men physically and creates a sense of calm grounding in the midst of chaos...a critical skill in early recovery when abstaining from alcohol, drugs and/or sex addiction feels very chaotic.
Raso Hultgren Sensei has been chief instructor of Aikido of Missoula since 1990. As a senior instructor for Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, she also teaches seminars in the United States and abroad. Raso Sensei has received the rank of sixth dan from Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, master instructor of Aikido, direct student of Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei and founder of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. She is an original member of the Ueshiba Juku, a designation given by Saotome Shihan to his most senior students as a sign of direct lineage from O Sensei through Saotome Sensei, with its responsibility to transmit the Founder's Aikido principles. Raso Sensei teaches regularly at Aikido of Missoula and actively continues her own study......
From a perspective of more than 40 years training, Raso regards Aikido today with ever greater awe and amazement, feeling that it holds a significant key to our human and ecological survival. As we uncover the next layer of embodied understanding, and test it in the fire of challenges on and off the mat, she feels we increasingly can discover that peace and harmony are the power and joy we are seeking.
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