Return of the Blogger

Hello again Aikidoists, Aikidokas and fellow peacebuilders.

After a momentary absence from the blogosphere, we’re back and with so much to give that I’m going to have to break it up into a few posts to cover everything! This first one will give you an update on the VAP (Verbal Aikido for Peace) Tour and give you an idea of what you can expect in the coming months, so without further ado…

You may have noticed that much of the VAP Tour has been postponed till next year due to an unfortunate lack of funding. The positive side is that it wasn’t due to a lack of demand! Indeed we have had requests to give Verbal Aikido seminars and workshops from literally all over the world, from San Francisco to Fiji, from the Netherlands to Nigeria.

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Thanfully we are able to maintain the European leg of the Tour. This coming September and October, we will be in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and of course various locations in France. Our kick off at the Aiki-Extensions’ Pushing for Peace seminar near Cambridge (UK) at the beginning of July, had a very encouraging and positive reaction. Here’s a review of the workshop that is sure to make you smile from writer and fellow Aikidoka, 4th dan Richard Small

“Luke Archer, an Irishman from France, taught us about Verbal Aikido. How rarely we might be physically attacked and yet how frequently verbally attacked in life . . . yet we only train hard for the physical. With a few tips from Luke, neutralising insults, bullying and rudeness became an interesting, successful and relaxing ‘game’.

‘That’s rubbish’, I hear you say . . .  Well, I’m interested in your comment, what exactly do you mean by ‘rubbish’, what other things do you consider ‘rubbish’ . . .  let’s have a coffee together and you can tell me more . . .

I have to say that I wasn’t too good at it but now have a copy of his book to help me on my way.”

If you are interested, feel free to suggest locations for Verbal Aikido to come to you and we’ll do our utmost to make it happen in 2015! Okay then, so now onto what’s coming up next…

Very soon, you can expect to be bombarded with posts. This is because the second volume of the Verbal Aikido book series (Orange Belt) is currently being edited and revised (and revised and revised) – you should see it in selected bookshops and on Amazon before Christmas, inchallah. So brace yourselves for what is to come:

And if that’s not enough to keep you busy until September, you’ll soon be able to try the Virtual Dojo beta too…

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