{ peace samurai ki aikido camps™ SPRING 2015 }

This Spring Break 2015, take advantage of two ways to enrich your children (and yourself, if you can carve out the time) through learning self-defense movements, respect, courage and calmness.


I. Peace Samurai Ki Aikido Children’s Spring Break Camps

March 23, 25 and 27 (M/W/F) | 9 am – Noon

Drop off the kids for a safe, fun-filled and constructive three days of ki games, ki aikido drills, Japanese yoga, Samurai weapons arts, ki principles, story time and more (scroll down for more details).

Children will have an excellent time learning Ki Aikido in all its forms and you’ll appreciate that they’ll learn to move well, coordinate mind and body and develop more peaceful ways of dealing with conflict. Classes will be taught by Abel Villacorta Sensei (full bio), Lead Instructor of Boulder Ki Aikido, 3rd degree black belt in Shin Shin toitsu Aikido.

Open to children with no prior Ki Aikido experience, ages 6-12.

Price: $120


II. Peacemaking with Mind & Body

a spring break camp/workshop | March 24, 26 (T/TH) | 9am-noon

Come play with us right through the territory of conflict resolution. Learn how to turn conflict into your friend and engage with it in healthy, productive ways.

For all ages. Families welcomed. For children under 7, parents or guardians are particularly requested to attend with their child. Taught by Merlyn Holmes and her son Landryk (see bios below). Contact <m e r @ h o t t e a . c o m>

Price: $80


Save $20 when you register for both M/W/F and  T/TH sessions.


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I. About Peace Samurai Ki Aikido Children’s Spring Camps

A unique opportunity for children to play, stretch and develop strategies that strengthen their bodies, their relationships to one another and to the world, both on and off the mat. Boulder Ki Aikido (BKA) provides personalized attention for children in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. BKA works with children of all ages and abilities. Student to teacher ratio is 12:1 or less to ensure quality attention and instruction.

Peace Samurai Camp Daily Activities

  • Ki Games
  • Relaxed Taiso (mind-body focused warm-up)
  • Japanese Yoga (ki stretching)
  • “Peace Samurai” Movement (Hitori Waza – individual exercises)
  • “Peace Samurai” Ki Aikido Arts
  • Snack time (bring your own)
  • “Peace Samurai” Story time
  • Ki Aikido Rolling Drills

What your child will need…

  • Registration and guardian consent: required prior to class
  • Camp uniform (available for purchase here): light stretchy pants and t-shirt (yoga or gym clothes or a white judo/karate uniform)
  • Water bottle: please bring a water bottle. We have plenty of filtered water
  • Snack
  • Clipped finger- & toe-nails for safety

II. About Peacemaking with Mind & Body Camp-Workshop

Come play with us right through the territory of conflict resolution. Learn how to turn conflict into your friend and engage with it in healthy, productive ways.

For all ages.  Families welcomed.  For children under 7, parents or guardians are particularly requested to attend with their child.

Merlyn and LandrykAbout the Facilitators:

Merlyn is a dedicated Aikido practitioner, dancer, writer, photographer, and longtime student of various conflict resolution and peacemaking modalities.  While her career has largely been in communications, she frequently takes and/or leads peace-related trainings on the side. She has completed a year-long Peacemaker Training and a number of weekend trainings in such things as the Way of Council and Non-Violent/Compassionate Communication. She is very active in the Boulder community and in the last year has initiated and organized events for the U.N.’s International Day of Peace, One Billion Rising, CU’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit, and one of her all-time favorites: bringing some somatic (body-based) trainings to Crest View Elementary’s Peer Mediation Training program. She has been inspired to create this “Peacemaking with Mind & Body” workshop in part by Paul Linden’s “Embodied Peacemaking” work, for which he has given full permission to use and adapt. But the real motivation is for her son, Landryk, his generation, and the families and support structures around them.

Landryk is a delightful 8 year old, an accomplished Ki Aikido practitioner (for his age), the calm in the middle of his elementary school’s chaotic lunchroom, and a constant reminder to his mom of the importance of play.