Peace Practices

Brandon Williamscraig Ph.D., Aikido 4th dan,

Brandon Williamscraig Ph.D. is CEO of Association Building Community (ABC Global). ABC Global is our organizational partner and is conducting a study and providing infrastructure to grow this work locally, nationally, and internationally.

Williamscraig sensei grew up in Montessori classrooms and is the husband of Emeryville Children's House guide, Ms. Lisa Williamscraig, and father to Rosalie (CH) and Huston (Nido). He is creator of the Martial Nonviolence method that is the core of the Peace Practices Curriculum. He teaches the classes with the help of his staff and assistants. Funds donated to ABC for Peace Practices will directly support the development of the Peace Practices curriculum.

Peace is Conflict Done Well.

The PRINTS Community has secured an internationally funded, groundbreaking curriculum called Peace Practices for both the Emeryville and San Mateo campuses.

Children, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni all regularly practice peace using a combination of aikido, communication skills built using theater techniques, and leadership techniques, all shaped by Montessori theory and pedagogy.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury - hence it's uniquely beneficial power as a tool for peace as opposed to other more aggressive martial arts disciplines.

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (Aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.

Lessons occur at both the school campuses every week, starting in the afternoons and running through our extended day. This gives students, teachers and parents maximum flexibility in finding the right timing during the week to participate in the unique FREE program offering to PRINTS community.

We believe:

  1. Peace is "Conflict Done Well": Peace is what happens when conflict is done well over time.
  2. True education is peace education: The practice of peace can be learned and should be a part of every educational system.
  3. Resilient communities are humane: People practicing peace create profoundly humane and inclusive communities capable of dealing well with and outlasting adversity.
  4. We must insist: Cultures built of humane communities insist with martial intensity on a nonviolent world that works in service to all life.

Peace Practice classes are free for all members of the PRINTS Community.