Training Across Borders (TAB) is a major international peace building seminar series that brings together aikido practitioners from conflict regions around the world, particularly the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Through the transformative practice of aikido, participants from communities that have suffered protracted conflicts begin to replace existing narratives of hatred with foundations for peaceful relationships that are based on shared experience and understanding rather than on fear.

Breakout workshops facilitated by leaders in the fields of mediation, leadership, psychology, youth outreach, and somatics supplement “on the mat” practice to provide safe environments in which participants develop practical peace-building tools that

they will bring back home with them at the end of the seminar.

Scheduled social events provide participants with opportunities connect with one another in meaningful ways, to showcase their unique cultures, and to develop the trust that is the cornerstone of peaceful relationships.

After the seminar, participants return to their home countries with new understanding, bolstered by new friendships and connections, and armed with new tools for cultivating peace in their own communities.

I know that I need to learn from the tolerance I saw in the eyes of many participants.


Tes and Ola met at TAB2005. Ten years later, they reunited at TAB2015 near Athens, Greece.


Making It Possible

In 2015, AE donors contributed $50,000 toward scholarships to support those who otherwise would not have been able to attend.


Earth Day All Ages Aikido 2.0 Tai Sai Seminar

Learn to work through conflict while staying in balance with your children, co-workers, and complete strangers. Aikido 2.0 begins with traditional movement and incorporates language and thought explicitly, on the mat, as soon as the basic movements are clear.


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