Peace Dojos in USA

Aikido of columbus

Sensei: Paul Linden

BIM® is an empirical, educational process which examines how the structure and function of the body in action shape and are shaped by self-concept and meaning. 3 BIM models and leads people toward skills of  evidential thinking. BIM examines the self in the world, looking at the interaction among musculoskeletal structure/function; intentional projection; thoughts, feelings, and beliefs; task performance; and ethical behavior. The student learns to detect imbalances in the  mindbody and remedy them. These imbalances generally are part of the distress response (fight/flight/freeze/collapse) and involve smallness of posture, breathing, and attention.  the antidote to this is an expensive balanced mind-body state, which serves as a foundation for ethical and effective functioning. This is a state of calm alertness and compassionate power. Two key areas of BIM application are  trauma recovery and peacemaking. In addition, BIM  has been effective in work with golfers and other sports people,  with children with movement disorders, and with musicians and computer users.

Still Point Aikido Center,

Sensei: Ross Robertson, Austin, TX:
Center for the dissemination of the Honmatsu system of aikido pedagogy, which emphasizes an improvisational framework based on an understanding of the “solid” and “empty” features in any dynamic structure. From within this schema, the manifold forms of aikido arise spontaneously and organically. The discipline learned on the mat can be applied to any structure, whether individual, social or environmental; physical or virtual.

Aikido In Fredericksburg,

Sensei: Aviv Goldsmith
We embody conflict resolution, self-improvement, and community service through the teachings of the nonviolent art of AIKIDO.

Two Rivers Aikido

sensei: Mark Leitzel/Leigh Schickendantz

Our recent participation at the 2013 Aiki Extensions Conference as Sofia University was inspiring. It was wonderful to meet so many people dedicated to the “off the mat” application of Aiki Principles and Practices. To say what many do not appear to have said: This is the essence of Aikido. If it does not walk with you off the mat into your daily life application it is not Aikido. It is just very “Aiki” Jitsu. Two Rivers presented on its work with At-risk Youth Populations integrating their training with Reclaiming Youth International. The presentation was well received and it was made clear that Two Rivers is doing some very unique work with Aiki Principles.

St. Norbert Dojo, Meibukan Goju Assoc. (Pending)

Sensei : Deo Namwira

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Peace Dojos in Africa

Awassa Peace Dojo,

Sensei: Tesfaye Tekele,
Awassa Peace dojo cho, Vice Persident of south regional Martial Art Federation. Began as a kid in the circus which became one of the largest in Ethiopia. Then a volunteer came from Germany and helped them. Then a guy from Chicago who helped them with Theatrer methods. In 2004 Don Levine came toe Awassa. Tes had graduated from B-School. He had been doing Wu-shu and Taekwondo as well as circus and cultural dances. Don asked T to grap his hand and he did. Tes was surprised andasked him “teach me this (aikido).” Don said ok, help me as my tour guide and I’ll teach you while we tour. So they did.
I met Jamie. I asked Don how I can do aikido better. I wanted to bring it to the Awassa Circus. Don said AE would help. Blue Man group also.
Awassa YOuth Campus then took on the Awassa Peace Dojo among its many other projects.

Peace Dojos in Europe

Burwell Aikido Club, UK

Sensei: Quentin cooke

The Burwell club has been a member of the PDI since 16/8/2011. As the dojo cho, I believe in the power of the principles embedded within aikido to make a more peaceful world and all my teaching is based on this principal. Few of us are in a position to bring about huge change in the world, so I strive to improve the lives of my students by encouraging them to be positive and relaxed and in their own small way this rubs off on the people around them.

This year, we hosted the European Aiki Extensions seminar, on th 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, which brought together representatives from 12 countries and teachers from 8 countries in a wonderful celebration of aikido all working under the banner of ‘Pushing for Peace’.

I also recently published a book, called ‘A Way to Reconcile the World’, which is a collection of over 80 real life stories gathered from aikidoka around the world , celebrating the positive ways in which students have used what they learnt on the mat to enhance their own lives and those around them.

Finally 2014 also saw the launch of the Aikido for Schools website, (, which promotes work being done by myself and the other teachers in the dojo taking aikido into schools and providing a platform for other aikidoka who want to work in a similar way.

Kimochi Aikido dojo Namur, Belgium

Recognised as peace dojo in: March 2014
Senseï: Christian Vanhenten
Language: french, english

Aikido dojo Kimochi Namur is operating since 1998. Since its begin, its vision was: nurturing peaceful communication in daily life through the aikido practice as an embodied approach to better communicate and hence promoting peaceful relationships around us.
We fulfill the requirements of the Peace Dojo Definition, because:

We teach Aikido to illustrate physically how to nurture more peaceful relations at home, with our family, friends and at work;

We repeat to new comers, that we have to be the change we want to see in the world. By working on our daily behaviors we can disseminate peace around us.

  1. Aikido teached as a way to feel when tension arises and welcome it rather that letting it escalate
  2. Learning to listen to our body and use the aikido practice as “anchors” to trigger peaceful reaction when tension rises;
  3. Observe, feel, listen and blend with the energy our partner is expressing to transform potential conflict into a dialogue
  4. Learn how to respect and be respected in a relation of “martial kindness”
  5. Practice aikido to learn the Aiki attitude as a way of living and not as a weekly “sport” practice
  6. Each class includes
  7. Meditation to improve participants’ self awareness and concentration,
  8. Specific aikido practice to improve participants’ awareness of relationship
  9. Work on ourselves
  10. when – during practice – we feel that we are “not attracted” by some people or some kind of practice: meta training on our acceptance of the difference
  11. when we feel challenged or discouraged by the rhythm of our progress: meta training on patience and presence to the “here and now”

2 We do community out reach in the greater community

  1. The dojo participates to International Aiki Peace week and contributes to make IAPW known in the french Aikido Community
  2. The dojo organizes activities with other martial practices or aikido dojo’s from other federations to create more felt experience of what’s gathers us rather than what differentiates us
  3. The Dojo prepares a sponsor project to support aikido initiatives in a center for youth in difficulty (8-12 years old)

3 We support AikiCom development as a way to teach aiki principles to people who cannot practice aikido

AikiCom has been created in Aikido Dojo Kimochi to teach aiki principles as a verbal and body practice and let people discover a peaceful and non violent way of living

  1. to offer people who physically cannot practice aikido
  2. to propose aiki practice in professional environments to show that dialogue and cooperation is a viable way to perform in difficult environments
  3. to offer support to actors in non merchant organizations (educators, social workers, social assistants, managers of youth protection organizations,..)    Send article as PDF   

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