This was the 5th year of International Aiki Peace Week and it is clear that for many of the dojos that did, IAPW has become an important fixture in the calendar. We saw some wonderful events taking place demonstrating that Aikido can be a powerful tool to promote harmony in the world. Now all we need to do is to persuade a greater part of the aikido community to join us.
As chair of the International Aiki Peace Week committee, I would like to thank all of you who did take part and hope that it proved to be a meaningful event for you and your students. I would love to hear more about what you did and what you think can be done to widen participation next year.
Our planning begins from here and in particular we are looking for people to volunteer to act as an IAPW coordinator within their country, or perhaps region. If you are prepared to offer your services in this or some other capacity then the organizing committee would love to hear from you.
IAPW Committee Chair 2014