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Develop your self-management skills

Verbal Aikido is more than just an art of know-how, it’s a path to developping your self-management skills or “Presence“. The ability to share or teach any skill requires a high degree of mastery. To ensure an adequate level of proficiency, Practitioners are required to have at least 18 months of active practice before signing up for Official VA Facilitator training.

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VA Academy is the only institute authorized to dispense Verbal Aikido® certification. Discover the 6 practical training programs and sign up to get your name on the next Official Verbal Aikido® Practitioner or Facilitator course.

Download the VA Practitioner program Levels 1.1 to 1.3
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The Verbal Aikido Academy

Become an Official VA Facilitator… have you got what it takes?

Verbal Aikido is not just an art of know-how, it’s a path to developping your self-management skills or “savoir-être“. Indeed, being able to share or teach a skill requires having a certain degree of mastery. That’s why, before even beginning to think about becoming an Official VA Facilitator, you need at least 18 months active VA practice under your belt.

Speaking of belts… just as in many martial arts, there are several levels of tested comptences in Verbal Aikido. Click on the levels below to find out what each entails…

Level 1.0 “White Bracelet”

Designed for children, this level is a basic initiation to simple techniques with emphasis put on self-protection and the ability to listen neutrally.

Level 1.1 “Novice Practitionner”

Novice Practitioners demonstrate their ability to use Enhanced Listening, and are required to show a variety of techniques in a rapid-fire verbal-attack simulation. They must be able to demonstrate their understanding of the 3-Steps using a real-life experience.

Level 1.2 “Advanced Practitionner”

Advanced Practitioners are self-sufficient in terms of centering and are able to vary techniques and at least 3 sequenced combinations (“kata“). They must be able to demonstrate their ability to de-escalate conflict when faced with a prolonged personal attack.

Level 1.3 “Autonomous Practitionner”

Autonomous Practitioners have accomplished a level of autonomy through practice “outside the dojo”. They have a mastery of many kata (sequences) and are able to maintain VA centered posture and de-escalate when faced with at least three personal attacks.

Level 2.1 “Official VA Presenter”

VA Presenters need to have at least 9 months experience in the dojo and/or level 1.2. They are able to present VA both briefly and in-depth. They can manage objections and attacks on their presentation maintaining VA posture.

Level 2.2 “Official VA Practice-group Coordinator

VA Practice-group Coordinators must have experience in accompanying and at least 18 months at the VA dojo. They are able to lead, facilitate & give feedback on:
• Multiple centering activities
• Verbal Stretching® styles & dynamics
• VA Sparring

Level 2.3 “Official VA Facilitator”

Accredited VA Facilitators are capable of conducting a quality VA workshop or VA dojo. Through regular practice they have acquired a certain level of internal & real-time attack mastery. Before completion, they must elaborate and defend their Personal Style Thesis.

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VA Academy is the only institute authorized to dispense Verbal Aikido® certification.

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Cycle 1 (45 hours) to become an “Autonomous VA Practitioner”
► Online training (contact us for on-site availability) / CertificationSkillsPrerequisiteDurationPersonal WorkPrice per person (excl. VAT)Online Dates 2023
Novice Practitioner
Level 1.1
• Capacity to create a safe distance when dealing with verbal attacks
• Capacity to implement an adpated posture and accompanying techniques
• Understanding of Ai-ki and the dynamic of the Three Steps
4 x ½ days
480 €
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Advanced Practitioner
Level 1.2
• Application of personal centering in practice
• Capacity to vary techniques in practice
• Capacity to maintain posture in a prolonged personal attack
Level 1.1 or 6 months experience at the VA Dojo5 x ½ days
600 €
27/04, 11/05, 01/06, 08/06, 22/06
2:30-5:30pm GMT
Autonmous Practitioner
Level 1.3
• Autonomy in practice
• Capacity to maintain posture with 3 successive personal attacks
• Mastery of techniques & sequences
Level 1.26 x ½ days
1 text to read
1 written work
720 €
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TOTAL16 x ½ days
1800 € (excl. VAT)
3 months of training at the VA Dojo included in each level (value €170 incl. tax)

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Cycle 2 (45 hours over 1 year) to become “Become an Official VA Facilitator”
► Online training, significant personal time investment required

Level / CertificationSkillsPrerequisiteDurationPersonal WorkPrice per person (excl. VAT)Dates (online) 2023-24
Official VA Presenter
Level 2.1
• Present VA practice in 3 sentences, in 5 minutes & a 1.5 introductory session
• Maintain VA posture throughout presentation
• Inviting/managing simple attacks
Level 1.2 or 9 months @ VA Dojo (subject to validation)2 x 3hr sessions
3 hrs200 €
June 29 | July 07 2:30-5:30pm GMT
Official VA Practice Group Coordinator (Level 2.2)
Lead, accompany & give feedback on:
• Multiple centering activities
• Verbal Stretching®styles/dynamics
• VA Sparring
Level 2.1 + 18 months @ VA Dojo (subject to validation)5 x ½ days
9 hrs500 €
Aug 24, 31 | Sept 14, 28 | Oct 26 2:30-5:30pm GMT
Official VA Facilitator* (Level 2.3)
• Group, internal & real-time attacks
• Thesis (personal style) defense
• Facilitate a VA Dojo or 1.1 workshop
Level 2.25 x ½ days
24 hrs 500 €
Jan 11, 18 (2024) | Feb 15 | May 02 | June 13 2:30-5:30pm GMT
TOTAL12 x ½ days
36hrs1250 € excl. VAT
1 year of training at the VA Dojo included in this cycle (value €385 incl. tax)

Following certification*, accredited Official VA Facilitators may:

• Work as an official VA Trainer in partnership with Verbal Aikido SASU (freelance status recommended)

• Facilitate or advise others with VA pro bono (FOC) in contexts other than training

• Provide and invoice VA training (VA Dojo, Level 1.1) by obtaining the license contract**

*Accredited professional certificates are valid for 1 year upon achievement, and are renewable after annual refresher training.

**Verbal Aikido® and Verbal Stretching® trademark license contract (1st year €600 excl. VAT, then €1200 excl. VAT) includes annual refresher training

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