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At the site of the politically contested "green zone" in Nicosia, Cyprus: delegations of Aikido students from a dozen countries within the Middle East will assemble to inaugurate the first "Training Across Borders" seminar, on April 15-17, 2005. Coming from lands that have stood in chronic conflict for decades, these Aikidoka--Croatians, Serbs and Bosnian Muslims; Greeks, Turks and Cypriots north and south; Israeli's, Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanian's, and Iraqi'sówill experience and demonstrate to the world the effectiveness of the Aiki Way to overcome combativeness and promote understanding.
For three days these martial artists (men, women, and teen's) will meet and train under five internationally respected Sensei's (or teachers), participate in workshops aimed at applying aiki principles outside the contexts of training, and initiate plans for future cross-border training and community-building.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher'). O Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. "The Way of Harmony of the Spirit" is one way that "Aikido" may be translated into English. Although it may seem parodoxical to seek harmony and peace through a martial art, it is one of the basic tenets of Aikido.
The Seminar is sponsored by Aiki Extensions, Inc. a nonprofit organization established in September, 1998 to support and enhance communication among those who apply the practice and principles of aikido in venues outside of conventional dojo settings.
For information about Aiki-Extensions, Inc, contact email@example.com