Brandon WilliamsCraig, Ph.D. is co-founder and CEO of the Bay Area nonprofit Association Building Community, or ABC (ABCglobal.net), on faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Depth Psychology Somatics Department, and Communications Director for Ragged Wing Ensemble & The Flight Deck in Oakland, CA. He has extensive experience with private and public institutions, accepts executive positions corp-to-corp and as a contractor or employee, offers leadership and facilitation training, and has worked in the study of peace and conflict since 1998, as well as providing curriculum development, conflict education, and community mediation services. His academic teaching and research focuses on the embodied (somatic) psychology of belief, the narrative construction of culture, and The Myth of Peace.
Brandon Sensei is a 5th degree blackbelt in aikido and Founder/Chief Instructor of Free Aiki Dojo and Golden Bears Aikido at UC Berkeley. His students learn to Embody Nonviolence through somatic conflict resolution, a pairing of traditional aikido, professional theater techniques, and real-time facilitation that results in practicing Conflict Done Well. This body-based facilitation method, called Martial Nonviolence, is the heart of the internationally funded Peace Practices curriculum being offered by ABC and practiced by students from 4 to 84 years of age. Brandon resides in California with his wife and two children, and consults nationally and internationally.
As long as there have been martial arts, a minority of practitioners have carried forward the work of directly applying the conflict skills learned on the mat to situations that reach well beyond. Aiki Extensions, for instance, is an excellent contemporary example of aikido practitioners joining together to amplify the purpose of that art, as made explicitly clear by the founder, making a martial art into a process art for the benefit of the world.
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- Alonzo YoungAs an Aikido practitioner and a teacher in the educational system, I get the importance
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