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Training schedule week of 2015 05 25
Regarding what follows, all Golden Bears Aikido classes are Free Aiki Dojo classes, and vice versa. We are a single training community.
Our live calendar:
Monday, May 25th, 2015
Memorial day: no classes today.
--- Tuesday2:00pm-5:30pm Peace Practices at PRINTS EmeryvilleLearn Martial Nonviolence while helping with any one or all three 45 minute Peace Practices classes for 3-6 year olds. Please email < Cheyenne at abcglobal dot net > to express interest. We (Association Building Community) are hiring people to train as instructors and lead their own programs. Learn more about the program and see videos here and learn what it takes to be an instructor here.6:30-7:30pm Free Aiki Dojo at 1514 University AveFree Aiki Dojo classes are from 6:30-8:30pm at our host location, Aikido of Berkeley (1514 University Ave.) 6:30-7:30 is a basics class with Brandon Sensei. Kayla Sensei teaches a general Aikido of Berkeley class from 7:30-8:30. You are always welcome to train in both classes, especially when I teach for Kayla Sensei. If you stay for class when Kayla Sensei's is teaching (which is highly recommended), or come for any other AiBerk class, please leave a $5-$15 donation in the wooden box on the cabinet near the front door.--- Wednesday7am - 8am Free Aiki Dojo at 1514 University Ave with Brandon Sensei1:30pm-5pm Peace Practices at PRINTS San MateoLearn Martial Nonviolence while helping with any one or all three 45 minute Peace Practices classes for 3-6 year olds.Learn more about the program and see videos here and learn what it takes to be an instructor here.--- Thursday2:30pm-5:30pm Peace Practices at PRINTS Emeryville--- Friday--- Saturday
2:30pm-4:30pm at 1514 University - ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
9:00pm-10:00pm on campus - ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Please let us know if you are interested in these times.10:30am - 12pm Free Aiki Dojo and Aikido of Berkeley 1514 University with Brandon Sensei or Ricardo Sempai (we alternate)
1pm - 2pm Peace Practices For Everyone!Children and adults learn Martial Nonviolence together in this introductory class with Brandon Sensei and Julian SempaiAs always, please follow either of our Twitter feeds for the latest changes, weekly class times, etc. at:
I look forward to training with you!
As always, no previous experience is necessary.Show up and train no matter what. Please bring a friend.Pay what you can. If you can't, don't. No kidding.
We need your help!
We call on our community to help us grow! Peace Practices needs you to help create its second year of teaching "conflict done well" at Pacific Rim International School and beyond: locally, nationally, and then internationally. The international foundation providing our launch funding gave us a challenge and is ready to match your donations. Especially if you are training regularly in Free Aiki Dojo or Golden Bears Aikido classes, please set up an automatic donation for whatever you can afford through Association Building Community at http://abcglobal.net/Free_Aiki_Dojo_Partnership, and thanks!
Get your Peace Practices gi -- both lightweight and heavyweight!
It will also help to support the Peace Practices project if you purchase our custom gi. In addition to the basic karate-style gi for kids, we are now also offering a high quality gi top for adults (no white pants included) that is long enough to work well under a hakama (see Brandon in his below). Find it in the store herePlease click here for our petition to support aikido at UC Berkeley and forward this link to your networks with a note explaining why it is important to you.Please share your Google Calendar with email@example.com so we can coordinate and plan together, but always email firstname.lastname@example.org because it goes to everybody who needs to see it and will get you a much faster response.If you didn't receive this through freeaiki@ or email@example.com, you will soon receive an notice of being added to our email lists to receive weekly notice of classes. Please make sure you have become a member by checking your status.
Our Google Groups are mostly about weekly announcements. If you would like to be on the inside of the logistics email loop where the decisions are made about class scheduling, special events, and the future of our training community in general, please email my executive assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add you to the development list: email@example.com.
If you haven't checked out the Golden Bears Aikido Facebook Group yet, by all means go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoldenBearsAikido/
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Free Aiki Dojo (hosted by Aikido of Berkeley)
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Berkeley, CA 94703Marshall Rosenberg 1934 - 2015Marshall Rosenberg, a loving elder and key innovator in the world of process arts, has passed. We salute his memory, extend an offer of compassionate support to the worldwide NVC community, and mourn his passing. The following messages are from colleagues of his in the world of Nonviolent Communication.
February 11, 2015Dear Brandon ,
Yesterday I received the news from CNVC that Marshall Rosenberg died. I am passing along to you the email that came from CNVC's board president, followed by some of my own personal reflections about Marshall's life and what his death means to me. Also, if you receive this message before 11am Pacific time on Feb 11th, you can click here to find information about joining a live line to connect with others who are moved to be together at this time and share memories and teachings.From: Dominic Barter, CNVC board president
It is with great emotion that I write to tell you that Marshall Rosenberg passed from this life 3 days ago, on Saturday, February 7th.
It was recently discovered that he had late stage prostate cancer. He passed peacefully at home, with his wife Valentina - who shared the news with me a few minutes ago - and all his children by his side.
I know no way to describe the impact this man had on so many people - for his work and for his being, and for the extraordinary power the balance between these two unleashed. He was a beloved teacher to countless people on every continent, people whose hearts were touched and shone with the possibility his work made tangible.
To many of you reading he was also an inspired and inspiring colleague who changed the course of your lives and brought an inestimable sense of meaning and the potential for transformation to every area of your world. And who, at each moment, did this with utmost simplicity, humility and humanness.
In great mourning, and with the most profound reverence and soaring gratitude for the spirit he released in us, and whose light we carry forwards,
President, CNVC Board
I met Marshall for the first time in 1993, when a visit to Israel coincided with his leading a workshop there. From then and until his last visit to San Francisco in 2008, I was with him for dozens of days, listening to every word, imprinting them deeply in me, and then unpacking his sayings in my mind as part of finding my own way to pass along to others the once-in-a-lifetime gifts that I received from him.
During one of his visits, Marshall sat with a group of trainers in someone's home and wept about how much he didn't want to be a "guru." That moment stays with me as a reminder of his profound commitment to a lived vision of radical equality. The other strong memory that stays with me is seeing him laugh, a frequent occurrence when he was connected with a group.
Although Marshall's biggest actual effect was on hundreds of thousands of individuals whose lives were transformed by what he taught, what he most wanted to accomplish was a systemic change that would bring an end to violence, exploitation, and all forms of injustice. His sight was on a future in which we humans reorganize systems and structures in all areas of life to align with the principles of Nonviolent Communication.
Although Marshall had retired a few years ago, he was still there. With his passing, I suddenly feel like an elder, along with others from my "generation" of trainers, ever more deeply committed to the calling. I sense that I am not alone in this; that many of us are drawn to taking even more responsibility for carrying forth the extraordinary potential that we see in this body of work.
In peace and hope,Miki KashtanCo-founder, BayNVC
Any donation you make in the next few weeks will quadruple, thanks to a challenge from the funders, but THIS IS URGENT because we must raise this money to keep Peace Practices seed funding.
If you really want traction on any problem of any scale, teach adults and children Peace Practices so they may move beyond good intentions to make peace with their body, words, and thought. We provide the daily practice of concrete physical, verbal, and mental skills, as though peace depends on Conflict Done Well and is an art of Martial Nonviolence. That is what the Peace Practices curriculum does and what the children and adults who are part of our training community now expect as their new bottom line.
We received international and renewable funding in 2015 which provided our seed money and most vital vote of confidence from the world at large. But that is money that allowed us to get started, and which will drop away as we continue. We must replace it entirely to survive, and multiply it in order to flourish.
This year, https://www.crowdrise.com/peacepractices will nourish over one hundred peace practitioners from three to ninety three years of age in the San Francisco Area. Next year our impact will extend into the United States beyond California. By 2017 we will be international, hopefully working in either Nicaragua or Ethiopia, or both.
The world is the potential scope of your impact when you help us. Program sustainability requires many factors to fall into place. You, and others like you, are the essential piece needed for this work to reach its full local, national, and international potential.
Our organization is over a decade old, founded on a determination and commitment to build Community on purpose so that everyone gets what they need and a shot at what they want. We have a mighty and highly qualified but rather small staff which works well together to focus entirely on our projects. "We" now includes assistant instructors and we are training a growing number of other conflict professionals capable of expanding our learning community with an emphasis on quality and producing more learners capable of being teachers. With this work in progress Tomorrow is potentially brighter.
We need your direct assistance to make it actually brighter.
The donation thank-you will list the beneficiary as Beamish Process Arts because that is the original name of our organization, now known as Association Building Community (ABC), and will go directly to the Peace Practices project.
Peace Practices - November 2014
With the arrival of Fall, we began reaching out to you regularly to celebrate your children's success and ask for ongoing involvement with Association Building Community (ABC) and Peace Practices (PxPx). This seems like a good time to write briefly about our work together so that I may make our planning transparent and ask for your input.
As long as there have been people, adults have opened their eyes in the morning and seen both the beauty and the dilemmas that each day promises. Our generation is not the first to feel a drive to work today to make tomorrow better--more likely to welcome our children than threaten them. In every age, in order to flourish, each child must learn to shape and use their own attention in order to deepen their experience beyond mere functional adequacy and find the kind of meaning in life that leads to both an authentic individuality and humane participation in civic life. Even so, for each generation born into our world of instant high-capacity communication this particular challenge is more problematic than ever before.
Attentional capacity development now happens in the context of relentless and ever-expanding media exposure: not only the ubiquity of delivery mechanisms, such as screen devices grafted on to every social and management function, but also psychological campaigns designed to capture individual interest and operationalize desire to serve consumption, and infonews businesses whose entire revenue stream depends on exposing individual eyes unremittingly to the vast scope of our shared dilemmas. It is increasingly hard to handle any single choice while being barraged with too many. This is especially true of children whose brain development is happening under the influence of audio-visual media designed to keep and control a user's attention. They have no defense until they are provided with the time and attention needed to develop useful strategies. How are they to defend themselves against overwhelm while trying to develop the capacity to do so? It seems almost a parallel process to studying a martial art in order to keep one's balance and make conscious tactical choices during physical conflict.
Adults too have never before had potentially conscious access to the immense and impersonal complexity of the systems humanity is creating. Beyond the tendency of screened images to overwhelm and control how we think and make choices, the energy we spend communicating is often consumed by those willing to reduce ideas to their most simplistic, attempting to clutch our precious attention under the false pretense that an idea that is faster to grasp is more useful in the metaphorical hand of decision-making. Constant grabs for our attention prevent rather than refine our understanding as we try to find some way to grapple with challenges much larger than an individual can fully comprehend, much less decide how to respond in a way that includes all relevant aspects of our shared problems.
It is the purpose of Martial Nonviolence and the work of Peace Practices to be a whole conflict system, helping you and your child bring your body and attention together under your own direction, especially while in conflict and under pressure, in order to make decisions and act in a way that works out well for everyone involved. This is in order to give us, and generations that follow, more tools to deal with issues that reach from the broad, almost mythic ("As long as there have been people...") to the specific and daily (we have sought "some way to grapple with challenges..."). If you'd like to hear more about the details of our work, please read on. If you'd like more information after reading this, please email [ administration at abcglobal dot net ] and we will be more than happy to respond.
Determined to address the challenges we face, members of ABC want increasing traction for our work for a more hopeful future. We want to be part of a growing group of people similarly devoted to understanding and changing the Big Picture by working together. We believe that the group that creates itself as though the process of co-creation were an art form has the potential to actually change the world for the better (please see: process arts). At ABC, we have found that purposeful association--attentiveness to the quality of our relationships--keeps us moving, together, in a relevant direction. Our daily association is building community. Roundtables prepare us to understand the stories on which our world is built because we want our projects to make a difference that anyone can recognize and see the value of promoting.
Peace Practices is just such a project. Peace is that daily reality in which the most vulnerable, especially children, are more likely to find welcome than threat. "Community" is another word for this experience, a felt sense that conflicts are normal and will be approached as a practice, an opportunity to transform fear into opportunity with the help of others who care about the future and practice a dedication to nonviolence that is martial in character and commitment. In community, every individual learns to expect access to all that they need and an opportunity to work through conflict toward what they want and dream about.
The children and adults of Pacific Rim International School joined us in May 2014 to work toward this vision. Parents have joined us in regular training with their children and begun to attend the special evening classes for adults. Teachers report that the children studying Peace Practices (almost 100% on both campuses) are using the language of Martial Nonviolence every day to resolve conflicts and successfully navigate the troubled and troubling waters of disagreement. Parents report their children bringing uplifting options home from school and applying at home strategies they didn't even know were available several months ago.
It is time to grow. As we prepare to reach out nationally and then internationally,
- Aikido professionals from around the world have consistently expressed their strong desire to learn Martial Nonviolence and create Peace Practices programs of their own. We will provide an instructor training in the first quarter of 2015 and welcome those who are able to join us in the East Bay.
- We will begin our first study of this work in the very near future and are searching for a Study Director.
- You are no doubt already aware that we are offering sturdy uniforms as a fundraiser. They are necessary to keep your child's clothing from being damaged as they learn to keep their bodies safe, and we hope you will help the program by buying them at the promotional price. We are also prepared to offer them at cost, if your family is in financial difficulty. Please visit our store today!
- We have secured a working agreement to establish our office in downtown Oakland.
- We have assistant instructors working with us now, and more waiting their turn to begin. It is on these excellent folks that the future of the work also depends, as they will make additional programs possible. It is time to give them an unqualified message of support as well.
Now it is time to fund the future. We are counting on you to vote for your children's success and the growth of our work together with your attention and money. Inaction is not neutral, but is a vote against a profoundly hopeful and practical path to peace that can reach around the world, building one community at a time. As you consider how you will spend your time and allocate your treasure this holiday season, please join your children and join us in actively practicing peace.
PLEASE RSVP and come to Peace Practices for adullts at PRINTS:
or Free Aiki Dojo class (please see our schedule at freeaiki.com).
Please cast your unambiguous vote for our success by creating a recurring donation!
An invitation to help shape our studyDear colleague,
A San Francisco Bay Area tax exempt (501c3) NGO, Association Building Community (ABCglobal.net), received international funding in 2014 to launch a curriculum called Peace Practices (PxPx). Local launch sites have included schools in Oakland, Emeryville, and San Mateo, and we will expand to a national application in 2015-16 and an international application in 2016-17. Please see http://peacepractices.org. Thus far, at both Pacific Rim International School campuses, 97 children have participated of 103 possible and 17 faculty members have participated of 19 possible. We hope to include as many parents as possible as well, but this is our target group.We hope to tell the story of our work and demonstrate the benefits of framing the practice of peace as a martial art: an ongoing repetition of physical, verbal, and co-creative practices which allow the practitioner to keep the bodies involved in a given situation safe while refraining from violence and domination of others, even in the face of physical, verbal, and systemic violence. The method within the Peace Practices curriculum is called Martial Nonviolence and combines aikido with language patterns aligned with specific techniques. The practitioner learns to apply whole system strategies to group awareness and participatory leadership.
A multi-phase study will accompany the project, beginning with a qualitative sample to generate a narrative that will both grow the program and form the appropriate questions for a quantitative study. ABC needs the help of an independent researcher to work with our staff and client sites to structure the study and guide it to completion. The work will begin as soon as the selection process is complete and we have a Study Director in place. If you would like to be a candidate, or know someone you would like to recommend, please contact our staff via (866) 236-0346 or administration at abcglobal dot net.
With gratitude for any suggestions you might offer,
Brandon Williamscraig Ph.D. 4th dan
CEO, Association Building Community
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