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Robert Kent

  • BA (Religion & Philosophy - Williams College)
  • MA (Ethics - Claremont Graduate School)
  • Yon Dan (4th Degree Black Belt - Aikido)
  • Program Director, Camp Susquehannock
  • Adjunct Instructor, Williams College Philosophy & Political Science Departments
  • Winner, Ben & Jerry's 2008 "Peace Pioneer" Prize
  • President, Aiki Extensions

Robert Kent founded the PeaceCamp Initiative as a natural outgrowth of his work with conflict resolution and teen counseling - understanding that his training, and the extraordinary experiences available at Camp Susquehannock each summer represented a chance to create the opportunity for the Israeli and Palestinian leaders of the future to learn to trust each other in the present.

Rob has been on staff at Camp Susquehannock since 1980, serving as as counselor and coach for many years, and currently as Program Director of Susquehannock for Boys. For 18 years, he helped run the Youth Program at Aikido West in Redwood City, CA, under the direction of Frank Doran Shihan, 7th dan. Rob regularly teaches a month-long course titled "Political Aikido" at Williams College.

Robert Kent

PeaceCamp Initiative founder

Danny Hakim

  • BS (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • MA (Entrepreneurship, Israeli School of Enterprise Management)
  • Nana Dan (7th Degree Black Belt - Karate)
  • International Karate Champion
  • National Israeli Karate Coach
  • Founder, Budo for Peace
  • Author : Budo’s Potential for Peace: Breaking Down Barriers in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
  • Producer : Shadya - Best Israeli Documentary of the Year, 2006 - the story of a young Israeli Arab woman pursuing her dream of becoming a Karate Champion

Danny anchors the PeaceCamp Initiative candidate selection process in Israel and Palestine. His organization, Budo for Peace, links karate, judo, and aikido dojos in Jewish and Arab neighborhoods together, so that each dojo's members have chances to train with the other, in the spirit of better understanding and mutual efforts to improve the often challenging atmosphere. Danny directs ten Budo for Peace Centers sponsored by the Japanese Government.

Danny Hakim

Founder, Budo for Peace

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Jamie Zimron

Jamie Zimron

Jamie Zimron

  • LPGA Teaching Professional
  • Aikido 5th Degree Black Belt
  • Stanford Phi Beta Kappa
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology
  • Marriage Family & Child Counselor (MFCC)
  • Certified Sports Counselor (CSC)
  • Certified Massage Therapist/Master Body worker
  • Advisory Board, Middle East Citizen's Diplomacy Project
  • Founding Board, Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors

Jamie began her Aikido training at Stanford University (where she studied Social Sciences and Psychology). She established The Aikido Arts Center of San Francisco in 1980, and ran the Aikido program at the University of California - Santa Cruz (1991-1993) and Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1994-1996). Jamie holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and is a licensed Marriage, Family & Child Counselor (MFCC).

Since the 1980's Jamie has taught Aikido and Mind-Body healing work in the ex-Soviet Union, Israel, and throughout the United States and Canada. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Middle East Citizen's Diplomacy Project; is a longtime Trainer for the National Women's Martial Arts Federation; and is a founding Board Member and the National Rank Coordinator for the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors.

Currently Jamie lives in Redwood City, CA where she has developed KiAi Golf and The KiAi Way, Inc. - holistic instruction blending ancient Eastern wisdom and modern Western disciplines with golf, sports and life.

Jamie Zimron

Co-Founder & Director, Middle east Aikido Project

Manar Azreik

 

Manar Azreik

  • BA (Waldorf Education, David Yallin College for Education, Jerusalem)
  • Judo competitor (7 times Israeli National Champion)
  • Certified Judo coach - ran schools around Jerusalem in Arab communities - Wingate Institute, Tel Aviv
  • Certified Conflict Resolution Facilitator, Safeer College, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva

Manar, a Palestinian Christian, grew up with both Jewish and Muslim friends and influence. As a teenager, she was the Israeli National Judo Champion seven years in a row, and represented Israel in international competition.

Perhaps most importantly, it was a conversation with Manar in late August 2006 that helped launch the idea of The PeaceCamp Initiative.

Manar has performed peace facilitation work in Greece, Canada, California, and Israel. She speaks fluent Hebrew and Arabic. She also holds a degree in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing at CIIS in San Francisco.

Manar Azriek

7-time Israeli National Judo Champion, Waldorf Teacher and Dialog-for-Peace Facilitator

Aviv Goldsmith

  • BA (Biological Sciences - Cornell University)
  • MS (Energy Management - SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry)
  • MBA (Syracuse University)
  • Go Dan (5th Degree Black Belt - Aikido)

Aviv Goldsmith was introduced to Aikido as a teen at the New York Aikikai. Some years later, he began practicing seriously and has been teaching Aikido since 1989. In 2001, he became Dojo Cho at the non-profit Aikido in Fredericksburg where he instructs a growing children’s and adults program. Aviv Sensei currently serves as the Youth Outreach Coordinator for Aiki Extensions and is a director of the Takemusu Aikido Association.

Aviv Goldsmith

Youth Outreach Coordinator & VP, Aiki Extensions