ABOUT THE CREATOR
Mr. Konno, a Japanese authority on aquatic fitness and swimming, is president and founder of Aqua Dynamics Institute, a consulting firm for fitness clubs, therapy clinics and swimming schools in Japan.
He graduated from the Economics Department of Tohoku Gakuin University, coached the Philippine Swimming Federation's National Junior Team, and taught in the Physical Education Department of University of the Philippine. He received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Philippine Olympic Committee in 1973.
Konno served as the youngest-ever director of the Japan Swimming Clubs Association, became one of Japan's foremost swimming coaches and coached Japan's Olympic swimming team. He is an advisor of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute (ATRI) and offers the ATRI certification in Japan. Konno serves as a consultant and lecturer.
Interviews with him appear regularly in magazines, newspapers, and on television. He has many published writings including the books Swimming Concepts (which is virtually required reading for all Japanese swimming coaches the Japanese), Aqua-fit, Ai Chi – Flowing Aquatic Energy and Ai Chi – Balance, Harmony and Healing.
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I’m so lucky to have Ai Chi in my life. Ai Chi entered my life at a perfect time. I’ve always been busy “moving” and couldn’t take time for stillness. Had Ai Chi been a “stillness” program I wouldn’t have become involved with it. I learned Ai Chi from Mr. Jun Konno, the originator, and worked hard using the program as a physical (more “moving”!) way to relaxation.
As Ai Chi worked its wonders and taught me to relax I realized I was getting more from each session rather than less as I did in my fitness programs. If I ran a mile each day my body would adapt and I would gradually get fewer and fewer benefits from that workout. The opposite proved true with Ai Chi. Instead of getting fewer relaxation benefits as my body adapted to Ai Chi, I got more! I started to notice the way my body was moving, my breathing technique, my mind wandering, and I found books to read about what was happening.
There are times now when I realize that my body is doing one thing, my mind is somewhere else, and my spirit is stuck on a challenge I encountered years ago. As I try to bring my being together I find I’m more focused, happier, and my “moving” workouts are more effective. There’s something happening that I don’t understand but I’m enjoying the learning process so much that I want to share it with you - my family and friends.
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The Practitioners Speak About Ai Chi:
“One of the things that will become apparent to anyone who teaches or observes an Ai Chi class is that, no matter the shape, size gender, age, or gait deviation of an individual on land, everyone looks astonishingly beautiful and graceful performing Ai Chi. Many of my class participants were quite skeptical when I told them this, especially those who were moving through the world feeling trapped in their bodies and, had never, ever felt graceful or considered themselves beautiful.
I decided that the best way to prove to them that I was not merely trying to put them at ease was to ask a few participants at a time to step up on deck to observe the rest of the class as they flowed through Ai Chi. What they saw has made them believers, allowing for deeper relaxation during Ai Chi. They carry this sense of tranquility and gracefulness with them as they move through the rest of their lives. They lose that sense of entrapment and thus become aware that they have the power to take command of physical and spiritual changes in their lives.”
Barbara Plunket, B.S., PTA
"Teaching Ai Chi is quite delightful. It is the calmness I treasure with each day. My patients call it "delicious time". It is worth savoring.”
Donna J. Mooneyham, MAEd, TRS/CTRS
“My personal experiences with Ai Chi so far have been exceptional. I currently do Ai Chi on my own every morning (5:45 - 7 am) and have learned to bring myself into a physically relaxed / mentally alert state of mind.
This is great for the rest of my workday. Also, I've learned to literally breathe on command and it definitely helps when I need to clear my mind and focus on a task at hand. Once again thanks for sharing the knowledge you've gained with the rest of us.”
© 2017 Ruth Sova