•   September 15 thru 21, 2013                                                

September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace. Every year, hundreds of peace-oriented organizations worldwide celebrate that day with thousands of Peace Day events. Aiki Extensions (an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the application of Aikido principles in daily life situations) is organizing International Aiki Peace Week, and we would like you to join us. Aikido schools around the world are joining the global collaboration by teaching free classes paced for beginners, focusing on Aikido as a joyful practice of reconciliation, compassion, and nonviolence.






For more information about Aiki-Extensions, please go to   www.aiki-extensions.org.

For more information about IAPW, please go to   www.aikipeaceweek.org

For many people outside Aikido, it is a new and surprising idea that practicing with opponents is necessary to train yourself to receive an opponent peacefully. In Aikido practice, we repeatedly make the mental and physical adjustments necessary to transmute fight-or-flight aggression into calmness, strength and compassion. Aikido training gradually makes this reaction into our default response in times of stress, conflict, or attack.

“Aiki” is the core of Aikido. Aiki means not going against the flow  of the attack, but instead sidestepping the power of the attack, joining into its flow, then gradually adding to the flow so as to unbalance the attacker, and in the end controlling the attacker’s capability to move/attack with a throw or pin, and ending the confrontation as peacefully as possible  Aiki refers to a state of self-awareness, calm alertness, and compassionate power, as well as respectful, compassionate receiving of the attacker.

Aiki is a foundation for conflict resolution  in daily life disputes. For example, the common approach in a verbal dispute is built on a No… But framework: no your idea is wrong, but my idea is right.  The Aiki approach would be a Yes… And approach. First blend with the content and energy of the opponent’s assertions; that is, find the core of the assertions and express an understanding and appreciation that your opponent’s views make good sense from his perspective. And then gradually add new material to lead the discussion where you wish it to go.

Members of the public will be welcome at participating dojos, where they will be able to try Aikido. In addition to regular Aikido classes, many dojos will be conducting classes focusing on the principles of aiki in a simplified way that the participants will be able to learn quickly and use immediately. 

On behalf of the PeaceWeek committee and the entire membership of Aiki Extensions, YOU ARE INVITED TO COME PARTICIPATE.

Robert Kent,
President, Aiki Extensions

Quentin Cooke,  Great Britain, Chair, IAPW Committee
Paul Linden, USA
Bertram Wohak,  Germany


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