Peace Practices+Young Adult Programs

An epidemic of sexual assault afflicts our colleges and universities. Do you know one of the 1 in 5 women undergraduates who are victims of sexual assault? Hard to say as 63% are not reported to police. All young adults need ready options for effective responses to conflict in all areas of life, so that they may opt-out of victimization, prevent attacks, and recover from violence.

Ongoing training in Martial Nonviolence is a proven way to learn the art of "conflict done well" and actually use it under pressure. May we have a moment of your time? Please call us at (866) 236-0346 and ask how we can help address your institution's Title IX obligations and directly support the well being of your students and staff. We are ready to do for you what we have done for others so successfully and craft the Martial Nonviolence method into a curriculum, called Peace Practices, in order to offer both trainings and an ongoing program that addresses your community's specific needs.

Peace Practices is the only curriculum of its kind. At the same time, we build social competency and skills in conflict resolution, nonviolent self defense, and community building. 

 

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Peace Practices prepares children and adults for interactions that are mentally, emotionally, and physically,  challenging. We integrate redirective and co-creative language with the physical techniques of aikido, the martial "Art of Peace", to root the practice of peace in the body and in behavioral balance that can be learned, over time, just like a martial art. Peace Practices calm the natural fears and shift the unhelpful habits that underly conflict of all kinds. We do this so that the student can choose to make no victims (nonviolence) even while under pressure, effectively protecting themselves and others, thereby stopping the cycle of violence, and become empowered to prevent, report, and recover from trauma.


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Beyond addressing the spectre of assault, Peace Practices prepares students to work through conflicts of all kinds. We begin with what every educator knows, and design a program specifically for your community in order to go beyond off-the-shelf solutions into areas that most learning communities know they need but cannot yet provide:

  • Peace Practices develops social skills based in both compassion and executive function.
  • Internalizing the structure of a traditional physical training environment improves cognitive capacity. 
  • Student behavior shifts demonstrably in parallel with your existing excellence metrics. 

We also train your faculty and staff so that the program may continue with or without our direct involvement and students carry the practice of peace home with them and back into the classroom. The Peace Practices curriculum directly addresses low levels of student and teacher engagement and turn-over, brings mindfulness to those attending but not present, and addressed psycho-social needs at each developmental level. We encourage peer-to-peer support by rotating more experienced students through temporary leadership roles. Anger, stress, anxiety, depression, and fear are addressed and woven into strategies for interpersonal skills development. We survey participants and share success stories with you so that you can demonstrate the value of choosing to partner with us.

+About the Founder

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Brandon WilliamsCraig, Ph.D. is co-founder and CEO of the Bay Area nonprofit, Association Building Community. He has extensive experience with private and public educational institutions, provides corporate leadership and group facilitation training, and has provided conflict management and community mediation services since 1998. His academic work focuses on the psychology of belief and the narrative construction of culture.

Brandon Sensei is a 5th degree blackbelt in aikido and head instructor of Free Aiki Dojo and Golden Bears Aikido at UC Berkeley. His students learn traditional aikido techniques paired with language that brings about the embodiment of aiki principles. His conflict facilitation method, called Martial Nonviolence, is the heart of the Peace Practices curriculum being practiced around the world by students from four to 74 years of age. He resides in Richmond, CA with his wife and two children.

 

Please contact us to learn what we can offer your community: 

 


 

+References

One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college

Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police

  • Rennison, C. A. (2002). Rape and sexual assault: Reporting to police and medical attention, 1992-2000 [NCJ 194530]. Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics:http://bjs.ojpusdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsarp00.pdf

In a study of undergraduate women, 19% experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college.

  • Krebs CP, Linquist CH, Warner TD, Fisher BS, Martin SL. College women’s experiences with physically forced, alcohol- or other drug-enabled, and drug-facilitated sexual assault before and since entering college. Journal of American College Health 2009; 57(6):639-647.

 

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