LEWISTON – As part of the One Book, One Community, Lewiston-Auburn Reads program, Curtis Bohlen will demonstrate aikido at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Lewiston Public Library Children’s Room. The demonstration will be limited to children ages 9 to 12.

Bohlen, a black belt in aikido and an environmental studies professor at Bates College, will highlight the nonviolent nature of the art, discuss basic etiquette, compare aikido with other martial arts like karate, and present an interactive demonstration.

Aikido was founded in mid 20th century. Its roots are in Samurai culture, especially Japanese sword. Aikido is based on defense less by harming the attacker and more by making sure the person is not harmed. While it is a physical art, full of dramatic throws and methods to immobilize an attacker, it emphasizes self-control, avoidance of conflict and resolution of conflict without victory or defeat.

The program is expected to last about 45 minutes. Children who take part are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable trousers such as sweat pants for the active introduction to aikido. Sign-up begins Thursday, April 8, and is limited to ages 9 to 12.

For more information call the Children’s Room of the Lewiston Public Library at 784-0135, ext. 4.

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