Martial Nonviolence

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Peace is a martial art of nonviolence. If you'd like to be good at it, you must train regularly, using body and words together to work through the actual bullying and passive aggression of every day life. When someone chooses to be cruel, it is common to not know what to say or do next. Martial Nonviolence provides and practices options which keep people safe while opening the door to getting everyone what they need.


I hope that my children will be peaceful by being both martial (address conflict directly by practicing techniques that work) and nonviolent (practiced opting-out of individual and group domination, especially including revenge, in order to work toward helping everyone get what they believe they need). It is essential to begin stating explicitly and regularly, at the earliest possible moment in a child's life, that doing conflict well is an essential skill, to be practiced often, and that keeping one's center balanced and moving in the presence of "attacks" is the core physical and emotional discipline in times of stress. The next essential piece always involves speaking the truth, at least to oneself, for now, if the truth would unhelpfully escalate tensions.

Some developmentally appropriate steps and words which create good conflict habits, which I have been refining through practice for several years now, go something like this: "I feel hurt by what you were saying/doing. When that happens I have a hard time knowing what to do. Would you like to take turns listening to each other now or should we be apart and try again later?" Next steps might include: "Should we ask for help? What do you need? Let's go together. Tell me more."

All the while, the attention is on "how shall we do this together?" rather than "how can I make you stop/leave me alone/grow up," etc. because that simply invites the next attack. Whenever "they" come after you, they should know that they will be received in a way that makes further attack irrelevant if not impossible and other options more attractive. Practice is required to deploy the art of changing the rules to co-create a world that works well for everyone involved in a way that remains ever open to hearing from others what that might be.

 

Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat an enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family.

The secret of aikido is not how you move your feet, it is how you move your mind. I’m not teaching you martial techniques. I’m teaching you non-violence.

 

Moriehei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

 


 

Martial Nonviolence® refers to a unique training and conflict facilitation method created by Brandon WilliamsCraig which combines practices and concepts from the martial (aikido), theatrical (improv), and process arts (group facilitation) to prepare practitioners to provide co-creative leadership in conflict situations and systemic revision. Capable of engaging circumstances involving obviously physical conflict and covert systemic violence, the practitioner is an artist with group inquiry and long-term analysis skills, striving for the redefinition of peace itself as "conflict done well".®

When MNv is deployed as a training curiculum for a particular group, it is referred to as Peace Practices.

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Aikido is often practiced and can be effective as a method of individual self-defense. The physicality of aikido is its beginning, but its founder, Morihei Ueshiba referred to it as the "art of peace" because it may also be  deeply understood energetically, metaphorically, and practiced at the level of ideas. Ueshiba is quoted as having said "we do not train to become powerful or to throw down some opponent. Rather we train in hopes of being of some use, however small our role may be, in the task of bringing peace to mankind around the world.”

 

As a result, physically practiced aikido practitioners often find themselves challenged when the need arises to respond to relational and systemic conflict. Academics and social activists, on the other hand, while focused on systemic injustice often find themselves lacking tools to deal with the energetic and bio-physical realities of conflict. This can lead to a retreat into theoretical abstraction when direct action is required to work for change. This is why, for instance, practitioners of meditation, passive non-violence, and the process arts frequently seek out aikido instruction to keep their bodies centered and conscious while responding to hostility.

 

Martial Nonviolence combines the body wisdom and moving meditation that is aikido with group process facilitation and professional improvisational skills in order to bridge the hidden and public lives of social change agents, activists and allies to support a more effective, more sustainable social justice practice which makes possible movements toward a more just world.

 

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Martial Nonviolence context
It seems to me there are any number of valid choices in response to conflict. Some choose to become limp or unresponsive in order to ...
MNv Instructor Training Manual ITM
The Martial Nonviolence (MNv) Instructor Training Manual (ITM) includes the following articles:
  1. Introductory Theory and Expectations
  2. Preliminary Exercises
  3. Primary Exercises
  4. Elementary
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Three phase practice model
The three phase practice model telescopes. For a student at the primary level, it is predictable. For a more advanced student, the three levels
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MNv Spoken Progression Stages
Some martial arts teach technique in progressions, specifically a Three phase practice model. For instance, as I was taught, I teach aikido in ...
MNv - similar projects
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Aikido and Psychotherapy 2010 at ITP
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In-school Conflict Training
Using Montessori philosophy and Approach to the Child, we offer an aikido-based developmental curriculum that teaches children and adults to practice peace together with their ...
Martial Nonviolence Cultural Resources

Aikido Related

http://www.growingupeasier.org/index.php?main_page=page&id=142&chapter=3      

Shaping the Brain Through Redirection Instead of Opposition

 

Daniel Siegel M.D. 20091018 TED video

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MNv Openings

People

In MNv, two complimentary positions are placed in tension in order to find the ideal configuration for a conflict process. It is helpful ...
MNv levels overview

MNv Phase One - overt and covert

Bodies in conflict with the mind in mind involves the development of a daily practice tying movement, intention, ...
Tai Sabaki - Body Management
Forward roll   Backward roll   Irimi   Pivot   Tenkan     Two Step   ...
Aikido and Attention
68640 iconIn the Martial Nonviolence classes I offer as part of my Peace Practices curriculum at ...
The Practical Life of Conflict
The Practical Life of Conflict
Montessori students are encouraged to put their hands to the making of their inner and outer worlds through Practical Life.
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Snackman moseys into martially nonviolent action
Violent encounters with random strangers

Violent encounters with random strangers

Rebecca (& Heather?) of http://apeaceofconflict.com and yours truly in the comments.   ...

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Introduction

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MNv Instructor Training Manual ITM
The Martial Nonviolence (MNv) Instructor Training Manual (ITM) includes the following articles:
  1. Introductory Theory and Expectations
  2. Preliminary Exercises
  3. Primary Exercises
  4. Elementary
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Associative Inquiry
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Free Aiki Dojo
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"Freedom Requires Practice" 

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Healing Friction
Process Arts
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The Myth of Peace
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Golden Bears Aikido at UC Berkeley

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Brandon WilliamsCraig
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Aikido of Berkeley
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Free Aiki Dojo
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"Freedom Requires Practice" 

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