Our Clubs

 

Budo for Peace clubs encompass traditional martial artists of all styles; BFP participants come from many different ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds & nationalities.
 

  • A dojo is a place of learning.
  • A dojo is a room for connecting with fear, anxiety, reactions and habits.  
  • A dojo is the site of confined conflict in which opponent and partner are one and the same.
  • A dojo is a space that demands respect for every individual within its walls and on its training mats.
  • A dojo helps us prepare for conflict in the outside world.
  • A dojo promotes respect, harmony, self-control and self-improvement.
  • Dōjō is the Japanese term for any space in which a martial art is practiced.

 

Students meet a local martial arts instructor, trained in the BFP philosophy, twice a week for 1.5-hour training sessions. Each session includes one hour of physical martial arts training on techniques and style, and one half-hour learning the BFP educational program, which teaches the values of respect, self control, tolerance and non-violence, using the language of martial arts and culturally-sensitive terminology.

BFP funding covers every aspect of these clubs. The instructor training and salary, uniforms, rent, activities, educational kit and lessons, and group trips. The participants are asked to pay a minimal monthly fee to participate in costs (average 30 NIS per child).

 

Twin Dojos

 
As part of the Budo for Peace program, each community is paired up with another nearby community of a different ethnic background. The educational program that they learn in the local club prepares and teaches the participants to breakdown pre-conditioned stereotypes and socialized fear about the unknown other. Once the students have spent a few months learning the educational program, they begin Twin Dojo meetings. This includes two joint training sessions over the course of the academic year – one held in each community.


Each joint session is comprised of both physical and mental components.  The groups begin by participating in a joint martial arts training session.  Once they have warmed up and understood their common interest, they are led in interactive ice-breaker games.


Parents often attend the Twin Dojo sessions and benefit from meeting parents of the partner community.