Budo for Peace aims to provide life-changing opportunities for youth – both able-bodied and the challenged – in order to promote and instil core values, teach a code-of-conduct promoting tolerance, develop leadership skills among instructors and young leaders to become educators and role models within their communities, pursue excellence in the particular martial art practised, and to reinforce values inherent in traditional martial arts leading to civic responsibility.
Their strategy is to establish viable and sustainable initiatives that incorporate the Budo For Peace program in their expanding community involvement within the current 20 dojos (schools) in Israel and throughout the Middle-East. They will continue development of the educational program with pedagogical educators and martial arts teachers – sensitive to the cultural needs of each community – by integrating education with the martial arts code-of-conduct. This will offer children from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to interact and bond – often for the first time.
Through the medium of martial arts, they teach life skills and behaviour, fostering goodwill, friendships and co-existence and exposing a challenged sector of our society to the benefits of an enriching physical and social experience.
30 May 2016
“You focus on your opponent and if you don’t create trust it’s dangerous. It’s a personal, intimate relationship. What’s interesting and unique is that when you pair up a Bedouin kid doing a certain style and a Jewish kid doing the same style, they bond because they have the common language.”
25 May 2016
Headlines from the Middle East rarely feature what I believe to be one of the most important stories around: the fight for peace and harmony in a region fraught with tensions. Although this fight involves Arabs and Jews, both in Israel and across the region, sadly, it is not the coexistence successes that draw international attention, let alone major headlines, but instead only the violence and failures.