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2014 Events

  • "Pushing for Peace" a weekend seminar July 4-6th, 2014, near Cambridge, UK, led by AE Board Member Quentin Cooke, 7th Dan, and featuring a cadre of wonderful instructors focused on the importance of weaving peace into our practice - particularly this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. Presenters, costs, and registration available at the event website


2013 Events

  • "Rediscovering Aikido" a one-day seminar with Don Levine Sensei, Founder of Aiki Extensions, March 9, 2013 at Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA (flyer)
  • EU Seminar: "Aikido – An Embodied Art of Peace," June 7-9, 2013 at Burg Rothenfels, Germany (pictures)
  • International Aiki Peace Week
    September 15-21, 2013
    Join hundreds of dojos and thousands of participants around the world celebrating Aikido's ability to help generate a more peaceful world. Team up with local dojos to offer city-wide events, put on a demonstration for the public, or focus your regular classes on aikido's peacemaking potential - find out more at

2012 Events

  • International Aiki Peace Week
    September 16-22, 2012
    Invitation letters in multiple languages, press kit materials for gaining local media coverage, sample lesson plans, and a google map of all participating dojos can be found at
  • 8th International Training Across Borders Summer Camp - Zurich, Switzerland
    August 1-5, 2012
    Kurt Bartholet Sensei, 6th Dan, welcomes international guest instructors to a week-long seminar.

2011 Events

  • International Aiki Peace Week
    September 18-24, 2011
    Following on the startling success of 2010's inaugural year (340 participating dojos from 43 countries), AE is aiming high and hoping to expand to 1,000 dojos in 2011. Invitation letters in multiple languages, press kit materials for gaining local media coverage, sample lesson plans, and a google map of all participating dojos can be found at
  • Aikido: The Art of Peace - Innsbruck, Switzerland
    August 14-21, 2011
    Former AE Board Member Winfried Wagner, head instructor at the Aiki-Institute in Schweinfurt, Germany, leads a week long course as part of the MA program in Peace Studies at Universitat Innsbruck. Details
  • 7th International Training Across Borders Summer Camp - Zurich, Switzerland
    July 25-30, 2011
    Kurt Bartholet Sensei, 6th Dan, welcomes Mimma Turco Sensei of Turin, 6th Dan, Piero Vollaverde Sensei of Turin, 6th Dan, Hans Peter Tschol Sensei of Glarus, 5th Dan, and other international guest instructors to a week-long seminar, followed by a week of open training (August 1-5). Details


2010 Events

  • Aikido & Psychotherapy Conference
    November 7, 2010, 10am-5pm
    AE former Board Member David Lukoff has organized a workshop exploring the intersection of Aikido and Psychotherapy. Instructors include Robert Frager, Patrick Faggianell, David Lukoff, Beth Tabakin, Paul Rest, and Brandon WilliamsCraig. The event will take place in the dojo of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA (event flyer, map)
  • International Aiki Peace Week
    September 20-26, 2010
    Aiki Extensions latest project - International Aiki Peace Week - was officially launched March 15, 2010. Six months later we were thrilled to have 340 participating dojos from 43 countries. more details at and in our newsletters
  • Body, Heart, Mind; Somatics and Conflict Resolution - Paul Linden, David Weinstock, and Bill Leicht at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
    March 22 (Paul Linden), March 23 (David Weinstock), and March 24 (Bill Leicht 7pm - 8:30pm
    This course series consists of three classes: Body Awareness for Conflict Resolution with Paul Linden, Transforming Conflict into Connection and Healing with David Weinstock, and Peace Dojos for Nonviolence Development with William Leicht. Details and registration here
  • Call for Presenters: 2010 Aiki Kodomo Kenshukai - How to Teach Aikido to Children at Aikido in Virginia
    June 19-20, 2010 (proposals due Feb 28)
    Kids teachers from around the world will be gathering in Virginia to share "how-to" resources and best practices to make children's classes more dynamic and effective. If you'd like to present, or simply participate, see details here, then contact program organizer Aviv Goldsmith Sensei
  • Aikidokids 24-hour Gasshuku & Benefit. Aikido of Berkeley
    March 5-6, 2010. 2pm-2pm (details here)

Kids from all over the SF Bay area, parents, and teachers are welcome to join us at Aikido of Berkeley for 6 classes, 5 instructors, 3 meals, the chance for experienced students to try their hand at live-steel tameshigiri, Ben & Jerry's Imagine Whirled Peace ice cream sundaes, a samurai film, and a sleepover.

Instructors: Kayla Feder, 6th dan / Jim Alvarez, 4th dan / Alex Vanderburgh, Robert Kent, 4th dan, and Noel Amherd, 3rd dan.

Proceeds benefit The PeaceCamp Initiative an Aiki Extensions-sponsored scholarship fund which brings Jewish and Palestinian martial arts youth to a summer camp in the US to forge the bonds of trust and friendship we need the future leaders to have. All attendees will also get a complementary 1-year junior membership in Aiki Extensions

  • Aikido for Collaborative Conflict Resolution - Teachers College, Columbia University
    February 5, 12, 19 2010. 11am-12:30pm (details here)

This series of workshops will examine the overlap between aikido principles/practice with more traditional conflict resolution language and methods. It is a hands-on workshop, so participants should come prepared by wearing loose, comfortable clothing. All are welcome to attend, and previous athletic or martial arts experience is not necessary.

  • Soft-fall Ukemi and Musubi workshop - River Valley Aikido, Brattleboro Vermont
    January 30, 2010 3-5pm

AE Board Member Charles Colten, founder of Aikido In the Schools, will lead a seminar on soft high-fall ukemi and musubi (connection)

When: Saturday, January 30th (3-5pm)
Sunday, January 31st (10am-12noon)

  • New Dojo Open House - Aikido in Fredericksburg, Noon to 4pm
    January 23, 2010
    AE Vice President Aviv Goldsmith welcomes you to the opening of his new dojo and seminar complex - 6155 Hickory Ridge Road in Spotsylvania County. Everyone is welcome. The event will include tours, welcome remarks, aikido demonstrations and mini-classes. For more information, go to or call 540/582-9600. Article about the new facilty here.

2009 Events

  • Process Arts for Peace Open Workshop - New York December 22, Noon to 5pm
    December 22, 2009
    All are welcome to join facilitators of the martial, somatic, performing, visual, and liberal arts as they explore the edges and overlaps of their work, as it relates to building sustainable communities by practicing peace.

    - Martha Eddy: Dynamic Embodiment, Somatic Movement Therapy Training (BMC, Laban/Bartenieff, much more), and movement education for peace through the body
    - Paul Linden: Aikido, Being In Movement® mindbody education, and BIM Embodied Peacemaking (Feldenkrais Method, Ishinryu Karate)
    - Rosa Naparstek: community building through aesthetic experience--making connections between
    Art and Personal/Political transformation
    - Charles Colten: Aikido in the Schools, Nonviolent Communication, Embodied Conflict Resolution, Aikisomatics
    - Brandon WilliamsCraig: the Process Arts idea, Aikido and Martial Nonviolence® facilitation, mythology and cultural activism
    - Others, TBA, including Bill Leicht of Urban Visions and Aiki Extensions.

    *Please join us at the Shin Budo Kai 77 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10014 (@14th St.) for any or all of the presentations. A free-will donation of any size will be requested. For more information or to stay informed about this work, please join


2008 Events

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  • United States tour in support of the Awassa Youth Campus & Peace Dojo
    Fall 2008
    Tesfaye Tekelu, John McKay, and Meshu Tamrat, co-founders of Awassa Youth Campus, are touring the United State to raise funds for and awareness of their excellent work with and for some of the most vulnerable children in Awassa, Ethiopia. Please donate to support the Awassa Peace Dojo through Aiki Extensions. Amazing performances and training have already happened in or are scheduled for the following locations (links may be clicked for more):Berkeley and San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and San Diego CA, Boston MA, Jamestown NY, Pittsburgh PA, and Chicago IL
  • U of Chicago to support mini-conference on Aikido in Higher Education
    November 14 & 15, 2008
    A two-day conference on Aikido in Higher Education at the University of Chicago has been funded with a grant from the Dean of the College. The November conference will explore ways in which aikido practice can be worked into academic courses in areas such as Business, Education, Ethics, Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Sociology. Participants will be faculty engaged in teaching such courses and graduate students doing research on the subject. They include AE members from Furman University (David Shaner), Lehigh University (Barry Kroll, Michael Riposa), Middlebury College (Jonathan Miller-Lane), and Williams College (Robert Kent) as well as grad students Tseday Alehegn (Columbia) and Andrew Humphreys (Sussex, UK).
  • 2008 Aiki Kodomo Kenshukai - How to Teach Aikido to Children at Aikido of Berkeley
    October 4-5, 2008
    An experienced group of eleven Senseis, Aikidoists, and Educators from around the world gathered to provide "how-to" resources and share best practices to make children's classes more dynamic and effective.
  • Bill Leicht presents Aiki Extensions programs at Shobu Aikido
    September 26th - 28th, 2008
    At Shobu Aikido of Vermont's Fall Keiko Bill Leicht presented Aiki Extensions programs with DVDs, a talk, and discussion, expanding on his mini-presentations given in July and August at Shobu Aikido of the Berkshires and at Shobu Aikido of Boston's Opening Keiko. Bill addressed the question, "How is AE realizing O' Sensei's vision for our 'Art of Peace'?"
  • 4th International Aikido Summer Camp Training Across Borders
    July 12th – 18th, 2008 Zurich
    An Aikido exploration of relationships beyond culture, nationality and religion.
    Continuing the spirit of the “Training Across Borders” seminars. We welcome people from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe. To view event details click here

4th International Aikido Summer Camp Training Across Borders

  • Donald Levine, viola-playing aikido sensei, and Masumi Per Rostad, aiki-playing viola master offered two workshops in VIOLA-DO, an innovative practice that links aikido ideas and movements with playing string instruments. Masumi is violist with the Pacifica String Quartet and instructor at the U of Illinois School of Music, Don is a 4th-degree black belt and President of Aiki Extensions.

    The first workshop took place at the University of Illinois School of Music, Champaign-Urbana, on Friday, March 14, 7:30-9:00pm, and Saturday, March 15, 10:30am-12pm. The duo repeated the workshop at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA on Friday, April 11, 3:00-5:00 pm.

    For event details see the flier and the workshop program. Attendance was free for all string players and spectators. Donations to Aiki Extensions may be made at the door or through the "Donation" link above.

  • Shihan Ikeda offers Berkeley benefit seminar on Feb. 16, 2008
    Feb. 16, 2008
    Aikido of Berkeley will host a benefit seminar by Shihan Hiroshi Ikeda on Saturday, February 16.  During noon break Don Levine will present a slide-illustrated talk about Aiki Extensions' accomplishments and future plans.





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