Thank you for being a wonderful aikido role model for my son during the summers. I hope you can leave feeling good about the number of lives you improved through your work in Berkeley over the years. Best wishes to you and your family.

Shannon Kelley, Peace Practices Mom


I acknowledge and appreciate sincerely the efforts you made to engage the class in caring for different levels of ability. I learned not only something about aikido, but also about teaching in ways that have supported me in my work.

Mair Alight NVC mentor and founder of Another Way - Communication That Connects


Brandon is a spirited and committed action person. He loves community and will work to make community-building happen. He is a force for change and a positive light. He does work of the highest integrity. Communication can truly improve through the practice of aikido and by being in-process!"

Martha Hart Eddy, CMA, RSMT, Ed.D. - Co-Director Moving On Center School for Participatory Arts and Research

Contact via verizon dot net email @ marthahart.eddy


Brandon's skills are ideally suited to help non-profits take their next step in vision, from living with an essential idea to realizing its potential in a way that everybody involved gets what they need.

Ed Correia, CEO and President of Sagacent Technologies, Silicon Valley
Contact via sagacent dot com email @ ecorreia


“In my tenure at Aiki Extensions, I have found Brandon to be an insightful and articulate advocate for smarter and more effective business and marketing practices. His performance as Executive Director and as a board member give me confidence that he would be a valuable asset to any organization, either inside the executive circle or as a strategic advisor.”

Robert Kent, President, Aiki Extensions Inc.

Contact via aiki-extensions dot org email @ rkent


“Brandon and I were involved in Scott Peck's Community Building together, both taking the Leadership Training. I was also on the Board of Association Building Community. I have a great deal of respect for Brandon's integrity, creativity, knowledge, originality and intelligence. He truly travels the road less travelled, paving the way for others to follow.”

Christine Paris, Project Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Contact via pafam dot net email @ cparis


“Brandon is a creative problem solver, who reframes the moment with a welcoming and expansive view. Novel solutions are joyously implemented for the benefit of all players. His technical acumen and collaborative intention move projects quickly to success. Your contract with Brandon will likely yield a premium over your expectation.”
Richard Page, Owner/Principal at Conference Recording Service
Contact via conferencerecording dot com email @ richard

“Brandon is a person you can rely on. He is a straight shooter and a team player. I found him to be a warm and genuine soul who is easy to talk to. He understands the dynamics of community and how to adapt models to achieve targeted outcomes. I hope to work with him on a Community Weaving project in the future.”
Cheryl Honey, President , Family Support Network, International
Contact via communityweaving dot org email @ cheryl

“Dr. WilliamsCraig is the rare combination of a big-picture thinker and an accomplished practical conflict resolution facilitator. His unique style and passion lends itself very well to organizations that want to maintain a an edge and feel that conflict is healthy and understand the need for a process.”
Don McClure, President , Digital Element. Inc.
Contact via digi-element dot com email @ don


“My experiences with Brandon have been ones of mutual journeys of leadership, intellect and heart. In all instances, he provided insightful material that was powerful and richly rewarding. I have observed those at the workshops and in other venues respond to his presence and the clarity he brings in his role as a leader. I would highly recommend Brandon as a extremely qualified coach, consultant, seminar leader and teacher.”

Paul Rest, Owner, Aikido of Bodega Bay

Contact via sonic dot net email @ poetry


“Brandon has done a great job of pulling a flailing non profit together and getting it on the road to fiscal stability. He has an easy way of connecting with people and really knows how to use technology in an organizational setting.”

David Lukoff, Professor of Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Contact via comcast dot net email @ dlukoff


“Dr. Brandon WilliamsCraig is an insightful, knowledgeable teacher and writer. He is a sharp critic of contemporary culture, showing a remarkable grasp of the patterns and dynamics behind modern and postmodern consciousness.”

Glen Slater, Faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Contact via pacifica dot edu email @ gslater


“Brandon is a high energy professional who brings enthusiasm, sensitivity, humor and strong work ethic to the workplace. I have experienced Brandon as a both a visionary and an administrative workhorse, bringing together the "big picture" and the minutia of running a business. In addition to his professional skills, Brandon has specialties in Aikido, theatrics, depth psychology and authentic communication techniques. This background provides a unique and interesting perspective to any conversation and allows for one-of-a-kind creative responses to work demands and challenges.”

Levi Mason, Owner at, Crisis Specialist at Empact - Suicide Prevention Center

Contact via yahoo dot com email @ cosmicmystic


“Brandon is an excellent teacher and outstanding community builder. He has a warm, insightful, and collaborative approach to teaching that is matched by his enthusiasm and experience in developing communities. He is an outstanding leader and collaborator and is proficient at creating a team mentality with his colleagues.”

Som Pourfarzaneh, Seibukan Jujutsu of San Francisco, Chief Instructor

Contact via gmail dot com email @ seibujin


“Brandon and I have trained together at Aikido of Berkeley for 18 months; during this time he has been one of my two primary instructors, second in importance only to Kayla Feder Sensei. Brandon is not only a gifted martial artist (and make no mistake, he IS gifted); he has a rare combination of attitude, focus, humor, and related communication skills to teach students of all ages and abilities with equal effect. His ability to tie the more esoteric elements of aikido to specific aspects of the physical practice makes every class a revelation.”
Paul Lord, Director, Solutions Consulting, Verizon Business
Contact via gmail dot com email @ palord


“Brandon Williamscraig is a consummate professional who manages to inspire students through unique understanding and development in techniques in his profession, and aikido practice.”

Gabrielle Thorpe, Attorney, Thorpe Law

Contact via thorpelaw dot com email @ gvt


“Brandon has the uncanny ability to instruct simultaneously within the frame of reference of the student but also to guide him/her where there is space to advance mentally/physically. This ability goes beyond empathy. What makes him unique as a teacher of Aikido is the vision to guide someone right into the stretchy zone where they are outside their comfort zone, while making them laugh the entire way. I would recommend him to anyone sincerely interested in learning to do conflict well.”

Margaret "rhette" Marsh, Design Consultant, Cisco Systems

Contact via gmail dot com @ meer.kitty


“Brandon is one of the most engaging and creative instructors I have ever worked with. He is extraordinarily patient and gentle with his students, while always driving them to reach their highest potential. I have watched Brandon teach a small children's class, with my then six-year-old son as one of his students, and I have personally trained with him in advanced adults classes. I have known few people who have earned such complete admiration and loyalty from a community as has Brandon. I hold Brandon in the highest esteem, and enthusiastically recommend him.”
Scott Mattoon, professional newspaper editor and journalist
Contact via yahoo dot com email @ slmattoon


“Brandon is an amazingly patient and gentle teacher. He has the unusual gift being able to employ both step-by-step instructions and creative metaphor to reach all kinds of students. Brandon's style is engaging and joyful. I have repeatedly seen him relate to his students and colleagues with the highest levels of patience, compassion and integrity. I recommend him most thoroughly.”
Saill White, computer programmer, interface designer and fighter
Contact via dloo dot com email @ saill


“Brandon brings passion to his work and passion means a lot for me. It's the "something else" that makes the difference when doing something. I could feel his passion and commitment on the mat - and mainly offmat -during the Aikido Kodomo Kenshukai in Berkeley in September 2008. As the Executive Director at Aiki Extensions he seems to be the right man in the right place. Friendly, Jose Bueno / Brazil"
Jose Bueno, Owner, Est Training
Contact via gmail dot com email @ zerobueno


"If you assume that "harmony" pretty much covers all the bases, then your aikido will be oriented a certain way. In my opinion, harmony is an essential aspect, but I believe aiki embraces a much larger field of thought and action. For this reason, I've been a huge fan of Brandon's trademark "aikido is conflict done well." Harmony may or may not be an outcome of aiki. At the same time, I readily affirm that as conflict is done increasingly well, an increase of harmony is almost an inevitable artifact."

Ross Robertson, Dojocho (Founder/Chief Instructor), Still Point Aikido Center
Contact via stillpointaikido dot com email at etaison


I found this morning's conversation the absolute juiciest....conflict resolved in a residual debris. What a rush...We tackle the thorniest issues takes about 5's over. Wow. How cool is that?

David Williams, my Dad
Contact via dwjw dot us email @ david
thanks for listening while i did my deep dive to the bottom.
thanks for not saying i was being extreme.
trying to get me to look at what was going well.
by doing that i was able to recover much more quickly.
and this morning have a more balanced perspective on how things are going.
Iris McGinnis, a good friend and colleague
Contact via gmail dot com email @ irismaymcg


Brandon is a very bright and energetic problem solver with a deep commitment to Aikido in the world. I think he will do great if anyone can at this challenging time during the unnecessary and intentionally fabricated economic collapse.

Thanks to you for all you did and do in support. Your relaxed competence and generous spirit helped keep the whole event together and made it optimally enjoyable.

Foster Gamble, entrepreneur



AH! Now I understand!!! Thanks. You are a patient teacher--a quality I know and appreciate in others.

Katie Johnson, Retired Teacher

I just thought of a possible gig for you. I've been dealing with this sticky/issue laden interaction in one work relationship. As I was going out to the garage I thought, "Brandon would be the perfect person to de-escalate situations like this." And then I thought what a good fit it would be for you to be an on-call person to go to red line conflicts, and bring things back to sanity.

Dhyana Iris, Elder Care Professional

Brandon was great. Very professional, enjoyable and easy to work with.
David K. Becker, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Pediatrics


Full Letters of Recommendation

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