Verbal Atemi - A Technique for

Creative Disruption

1 hour of CE for registered neutrals (GA) & 1 hour of general CLE for Georgia attorneys

Session Information


Contained within the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Atemi is a strike used to unbalance or disrupt a pattern of intent. This workshop will explore the concept of verbal Atemi through stories taken from the conflict resolution text, Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree: 61 Stories of Creative & Compassionate Ways out of Conflictby Mark Andreas. Join Aikido black belt and seasoned conflict resolver Stephen Kotev as he explores how to apply verbal Atemi to high-conflict situations.

Speaker Stephen Kotev will introduce the idea of verbal Atemi during the plenary session. In Part 2, Stephen will continue to explore the concept of verbal Atemi as well as how to apply it during high-conflict situations such as mediation during a dynamic breakout session.

In-person attendees can join Stephen for Verbal Atemi in the ballroom:

Part 1 - 8:45am to 9:45am

Part 2 - 9:55am to 10:55am

Both sessions will be live-streamed to virtual attendees.

Stephen Kotev

Sought out for his insight and innovative ways of tackling difficult disputes, Stephen is one of the few practitioners that sits at the nexus of embodiment, leadership coaching and conflict resolution and is known for his practical, engaging and highly interactive teaching style informed by his study of Aikido, Embodied Peacemaking, Men’s Work, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Somatic Abolitionism and mytho-somatic explorations.

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Full Agenda

The program will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (full agenda outlined below)

Those attending via livestream will not have access to view sessions presented in Room A. Those attending the conference in person will have a choice between two breakout sessions, held at 9:55 AM and 2:10 PM.


7:30 am - 8:00 am

7:30 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 8:45 am

8:45 am - 9:45 am

9:45 am - 9:55 am

9:55 am - 10:55 am


10:55 am - 11:05 am

11:05 am - 12:05 pm

12:05 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm


3:10 pm - 3:20 pm

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

Continuing Education Information

Each session of Verbal Atemi is approved for 1 hour of CE for registered neutrals (GA) & 1 hour of general CLE for Georgia attorneys.

The total conference is approved for 6 hours of CE for registered neutrals, and it is expected to be approved by the State Bar of Georgia for 6 CLE hours, including ethics, trial, and professionalism credit.


All CE for neutrals registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution will be automatically applied by December 2.


Georgia Attorneys who purchase the appropriate ticket option will have CLE hours automatically reported to the State Bar of Georgia. The fee for CLE hours is included in the ticket price.


Attorneys from states other than Georgia: Upon request, we will be happy to assist you with needed documentation to self-report hours to your local State Bar. Please reach out to us

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