With the support of Association Building Community, we'd like to propose a next phase for the Art of Peace...Aikido 2.0. Begin with traditional aikido body movement learned in silence, but incorporate language and thought explicitly, on the mat, as soon as the basic movements are in place. You don't even need to be an aikido practitioner to begin this work. If you do practice aikido, check this out: Why Call It Aikido 2.0?
Conflicts are always multi-level. What we believe, communicate, and do all matter. One way to understand this is to observe conflict in all its aspects: psychological, physical, systemic, and more--which is to say fully somatic (embodied). Movements and words together form the most accessible gateway to aligning action and intention, so practicing how you conflict is really the only way to be able to use both movement and communication smoothly under pressure. If you practice all kinds of conflict like a martial art that celebrates difference rather than harming any opposition, then conflict itself changes to become more humane. As Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, made clear, the purpose is not to throw down some opponent but to transform conflict in the world. Why not practice that in every dojo, at very least? Why not in every family and organization?
Not a faster or more deadly physical martial art...
Not the aikido name used to refer to software...
Not using the web to make your dojo more visible (though this is good too)...
Instead, the next step in the direction the founder of aikido intended: changing the world beyond the dojo for the better by changing how conflict works.
When you are ready, learn with us beyond Aikido 2.0, through improvisation and facilitation skills, to become a conflict professional. Practice Martial Nonviolence and become a Peace Practices Instructor through Association Building Community.