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
Take part in a dream come true that is getting ready to change the world!
Martial Nonviolence integrates the movements of aikido with the language and mind of Aikido 2.0, and takes the practice to a realistic and professional level through improvisation and facilitation training that puts Conflict Done Well in the context of sustainable and inspirational leadership.
The children bring home what they practice during the day and carry back into the classroom the realities of their family life. Peace Practices are designed as Whole Community Learning because this reality of inter-dependence cannot be escaped and is both frustrating and the ideal fertile ground in which to cultivate the success of everyone involved.
What about practicing at home, on the playground, and other places outside of the dojo?
- Basic practice is careful and slow for quite a while. Please don't play at fast aikido with your friends. Wait to train in the dojo.
- To practice, both people must agree, knowing what permission they are giving. If you don't ask first, or somebody doesn't know what they are saying, wait to practice.
- If there in no soft place on the floor, like mats or padded carpet, wait to practice falling down (ukemi) until you are in the dojo.
What about being attacked by other children?
If someone attempts to hit or grab you, please get out of the way and call an adult right away. Children test their power on each other all the time, with and without martial arts. Minor injuries are common and, in our experience, do not increase with the study of martial arts. We repeat frequently the phrase "aikido protects" and make clear that this includes even those who might seem threatening or aggressive.
What about the practices involved, like hitting and imagining attacks?
Children take to heart and carry with them between school and home what they learn and imagine. Some parents believe that their child might not have conceived of physical conflict until introduced to it in our classes. This is extremely unlikely and, even if it were to happen, is the best possible introduction to a problematic dilemma. The big shift we propose is from saying "Don't Hit!", which does little good in the long term, to making clear that the dojo is the place to learn what hitting is about, with teachers who are attentive and friends who have agreed to stop when asked, and how to make that kind of aggression at least less threatening and at best irrelevant.
Do I need to sign a waiver for my child every session?
Waivers need to be signed for ever particpant (adult and child alike) once to cover all of their future particaption in Peace Practices.
Please become a partner with us in actually building peace!
Thanks very much for your attention.
We've just launched our July 17th Newsletter
highlighting Peace Practices, inviting everyone to a gathering this Sunday (see below), and introducing Cheynne Barr!
We are celebrating the regeneration of Association Building Community with a series of gatherings. Will you join us?
We invite all who are interested in building community on purpose (RSVP below) to our first meet & greet followed by a facilitated circle in Berkeley this Sunday, July 20th, 4-8pm at 1708 Franklin street, Berkeley CA 94702 (a block away from North Berkeley Bart station and plenty of free street parking).
We know this is very short notice, and hope that you will stay tuned for our next gathering, if you are unable to make this one. We will be inside and outside on the grass (particularly if you are allergic to cats), with light tree cover. We hope to see you there!
MARTIAL NONVIOLENCE (MNv) for PEACE PRACTICES (PxPx)
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Aikido practitioners sought for emerging initiative
"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."
~ Morihei Ueshiba, "O Sensei", founder of aikido
Martial Nonviolence (MNv) is a method that teaches aikido and communication skills at the same time, through the body, so that everyday conflict itself changes. Peace Practices is Martial Nonviolence deployed as a curriculum for a specific community, and has secured international funding through Association Building Community (abcglobal.net) to expand from Oakland, California, into both Emeryville and San Mateo. Aikido practitioners are sought who wish to learn Martial Nonviolence as interns, apprentices, and instructors.
You can get paid to teach what you love, learn a method that makes your skills more marketable, and take aikido to its next phase by practicing conflict movement, language, and group facilitation at the same time. Participants will prepare themselves to lead new Peace Practices sites as the initiative grows locally, nationally, and then internationally.
Call Brandon Williamscraig at (866-236-0346) or email brandon at abcglobal dot net to learn more.