The Art of Peace
International Aiki Peace Week (IAPW) is a global celebration inspired by O Sensei’s vision of aikido as an art of peace. IAPW was conceived by Bertram Wohak and Paul Linden in 2010, and originally coordinated by Aiki Extensions. It is now managed by Aikido in Fredericksburg, a not-for-profit educational organization.
IAPW provides an opportunity to increase public awareness of aikido as a joyful practice of reconciliation, compassion, and nonviolence. This celebration transcends the divisions of different schools, styles, and organizations, and our collective action gives each of our efforts far more impact than they would have in isolation.
Join dozens of other dojos in countries around the world by sponsoring at least one special event during the week before or after September 21 (the United Nations’ Day of Peace) that focuses on aikido’s emphasis on peacemaking.