A reminder that this coming weekend Aiki Extensions is having their U.S. Conference at Sofia University in Palo Alto this weekend.
Beginning on Friday at 1:00 PM the Conference will continue through Saturday to Sunday and close at 2:00 PM. This is not only for Aikido folks. The Conference is open to everyone who is interested in exploring how the core principles taught by O Sensei can be applied to a variety of ways in everyday life.
Four basic “tracks” are being offered: Peace Making, Education & Youth Outreach, Mind & Body and Business and Leadership. The presenters have direct experience utilizing what they are speaking about so this is not a theoretical discussion about abstract principle. This is hands-on with what is working on a day-to-day basis.
Topics (and unfortunately who will need to make choices about which sessions who wish to attend-- but there are no “bad” choices here) include presentations and discussions on “restorative justice,” “embodied leadership,” “problem solving in kids,” “aikido and bodywork” and much, much more.
There will be an hour of Aikido training on Friday and Saturday. But if you’re not a martial artist; don’t let this deter you in any way. Aikido is fun to watch too. That’s how I got hooked—watching my daughter’s “kid’s classes.”
Robert Ken, the President of Aiki Extensions, will give welcoming remarks on Saturday morning followed by a talk by Robert Frager, 7th dan, who is the Founder of Sofia University. His talk will be on “Aikido as a Way of Personal Transformation.”
The idea of he Conference is twofold: To give those in the Aikido/martial arts world additional tools to work with using Aikido as a transformative and peace-making principle; and, for those not in the Aikido/martials arts world, to see how this wonderful art can provide additional modalities that can be applied from the four “tracks” being presented.
Directions to Sofia University can be found below. And remember, you do not need to attend the whole Conference. For more information, please go to this page on the Aiki Website that can be found here.
Thanks and see you there!