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AE is coordinating efforts to establish a week of peace-focused aikido classes in dojos worldwide every September (in conjunction with the the UN Peace Day on Sept 21 each year). The Aiki Peace Week website hosts a map of participating dojos, a press kit that each dojo can use to help get publicity for their efforts, and aiki-peace lesson plans for those that want them.

Experienced Aikido practitioners volunteer to help provide Aikido training for kids living in situations of poverty or violence. Aiki Corps placements have made a difference in San Francisco; Awassa, Ethiopia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aikido practitioners from conflicting ethnic groups have come together to practice and over the course of their contact have transformed their relationships with their former enemies and created friendships.

Aikido practice enhances communication between groups beset by chronic political and social tensions. Encouraged by experiences of AE members working with inter-ethnic communications in Cyprus, Bosnia, Israel, and Ethiopia, participants in this project hope to build bridges by promoting training opportunities for Aikido practitioners from groups normally separated by rigid ethnic or national boundaries.

Two ongoing projects are detailed below and on their own project pages:

The Salaam Shalom Aikido initiative aspires to create joint Palestinian Israeli aikido training centers in order to build bi-communal ties and strengthen inter-cultural relations.
The PeaceCamp Initiative brings Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders to one of the oldest summer camps in America (Camp Susquehannock, founded 1905), where they forge the bonds of friendship and trust the next generation of leaders will require if there is ever to be lasting peace in the region,
Aikido practice has proven its ability to foster communication between groups beset by chronic tensions. Aiki Extensions sponsored training opportunities for Greek and Turkish Cypriots in 2005. Croatian, Muslim, and Serbian practitioners trained together throughout the Sarajevo meltdown in the same venue, where Arabs from three countries and dozens of Israeli Jews trained as well. Aikido training for Bosnian leaders outside the country led to peace-building projects every year since 2004.

Aiki methods are very effective in helping survivors of abuse recover from trauma. Teaching the Aiki elements of body awareness, calmness, empowerment, compassion, and self-protection has a great deal to offer as a complement to traditional psychotherapeutic approaches.

Paul Linden, Ph.D., whose website has downloadable papers and books on the topic, is an Aikido instructor and somatic educator working to deepen understanding in this area.
For further details, contact Paul Linden at www.being-in-movement.com

  • Youth Outreach
Aikido in the Schools is a physical arts program which brings the benefits of Aikido into public and private schools. With offerings ranging from pre-K through high school, the programs are hand tailored to suit the individual needs of the students. Aikido in the Schools offers programs for the school day, after-school, and weekend workshops. There are also offerings to teach a unit in Aikido for physical education teachers as part of their professional development, and special clinics for Athletic teams.

Aikido in the Schools also has professional programs in Conflict Resolution and Stress Management, which have been offered to Judges, Hospital Administrators, School Leaders, Social workers, Department of Health, Teachers, and more.

For more information contact AE Board member Charles Colten at: info@aikidointheschools.com
AE members work to improve existing Aikido programs for kids and encourage more dojos, youth groups, and schools to start such programs. AE sponsors a bi-annual Aiki Kodomo Kenshukai (“Teaching Aikido to Kids”) workshop. The next such event is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of July 14, 2012 in Seattle, WA – get on the list for more info.
A Peace Dojo is a martial arts school in which martial practice is explicitly oriented towards teaching skills of non-violence, conflict resolution, and peacemaking. Martial practice is uniquely valuable for practicing peace because attack/defense drills offer the opportunity to train oneself to receive an opponent in an empathic and harmonious way.
Aiki Extensions members oversee committees on a variety of additional focus areas. The complete list of current committees, with email links, appears below:
Organizational Development    
Membership - Individual Membership - Dojos Website / Wiki
Newsletter Publicity Product Development
Networking    
AE international Conferences AE DE (Germany) AE UK
Peace Building    
Mideast AIkido Project Training Across Borders Peace Dojos International
Aiki Corps    
Youth Outreach    
Awassa Peace Dojo Harmony in Action - Brazil Alternatives to Youth Violence
Education and Healing    
Aikido for Kids Aikido in Secondary Education Aikido in Higher Education
Aiki Healing Aikido with Disabilities Pedagogical Issues
Aiki Music Research  
For more information about any of these initiatives, please contact the committee chair at the email provided. If for any reason you do not get a reasonably prompt reply, please send your inquiry to our staff

 

 

 

 

 

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