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Aikido and Montessori Education
Brandon WiliamsCraig, Ph.D. teaches at The Renaissance School (TRS), a Montessori school in Oakland, CA. On Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at TRS he will talk about how Aikido supports Montessori education and about his Peace Practices curricula.
Using traditional aikido training, theater, and facilitation techniques to extend Aiki principles into conflict resolution for all ages, Brandon offers a method called Martial Nonviolence, or MNv.
Using MNv, he creates Peace Practices curricula designed for specific communities. Brandon has been teaching at The Renaissance School since last summer, and more recently, in the school's Elementary After School program.
The school is exploring the adoption of Brandon’s method of Peace Practices school-wide, and the possibility of offering an Aikido-based developmental environment in which children learn to practice peace with their bodies and thoughts, as though peace itself were a martial art. Students learn to define and practice peace collectively as “conflict done well.”
This free presentation is open to the public. To RSVP, email info(at)therenaissanceschool(
More information is at: http://www.therenaissanceschool.org/
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The Renaissance School, http://www.therenaissanceschool.org, is a San Francisco Bay Area Montessori school in Oakland's Dimond district for children from 2 years old thru middle school. The school has a strong music, arts and language immersion component.