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AE's fledgling Aiki Corps program, a way for volunteers to help train young people in hardship situations, began in autumn 2005 when Neil Mick, sandan at Aikido of Santa Cruz, started a program for middle-school students at the Seven Tepees center in San Francisco. In addition to leading semiweekly classes, Neil collaborated with AE Members Kayla Feder and Robert Kent in sending his group to a weekend gasshuku for teenagers in Berkeley.

Neil's kickoff was followed by Aiki Corps placements in Awassa, Ethiopia, and Sao Paolo, Brazil, both undertaken by Mark Walsh. Following Mark's tour, and his revisit to supervise kyu tests a year  later, David Weinstock led a five-person team for six weeks of service that included work in art, music, theater, and cuisine as well as aikido.

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