[Upon beginning] "I'm so inspired by what you do. To me it seems like THE WAY to use aikido now. I'd love to learn more."
[After a year or so] Dear Sensei Brandon, Thanks so much for making this year more meaningful, interesting and uplifting. Your teachings have been a great anchor and support over many months and the alignment of mind body and spirit that you show us is profound. We all increasingly need to be able to do conflict well and we're so fortunate to have you as a guide and living example!
Morag Warrack - Retired Teacher, Neighbourhood Council Chair
Conflicts are always multi-level. What we believe, communicate, and do all matter. One way to understand this is to observe conflict in all its aspects: psychological, physical, systemic, and more--which is to say fully somatic (embodied). Movements and words together form the most accessible gateway to aligning action and intention, so practicing how you conflict is really the only way to be able to use both movement and communication smoothly under pressure. If you practice all kinds of conflict as though you were practicing a martial art that celebrates difference rather than harming any opposition, then conflict itself changes to become more humane. As Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, made clear, the purpose is not to throw down some opponent but to transform conflict in the world. Why not practice that in every dojo, at very least? Why not in every family and organization?
"Brandon Sensei is immensely thoughtful and clear as he shares his approach to Aikido. He’s not only creative but also what he’s teaching and developing in his Aikido practice is what our world needs now. He is passionate about what he’s doing, and truly cares that his students understand and GET what he’s teaching. I so appreciate how Brandon has put together Conflict Done Well and Peace Practices as a way to teach all people Aikido principles in both a physical and mental way. Everything in his most recent Brazil seminar made perfect sense to me and flowed beautifully. This work in the world is much needed and so valuable!"
Sensei Kayla Feder MA, 7th dan Aikikai Intl., Founder and Dojo Cho, Aikido of Berkeley