(Photo: Budo for Peace)

(Photo: Budo for Peace)

By Abigail Klein Leichman - May 30, 2016

Originally appeared here in Israel21c

In mid May, a small strip of the Mediterranean coast was transformed into an arena of coexistence and fun as the Israeli martial-arts nonprofit organization Budo for Peace hosted its second annual International Martial Arts Friendship Training.

Martial-arts experts from Jordan, Japan and Senegal joined the gathering of Israeli Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Bedouins on the Herzliya beach.

Clubs run by, or affiliated with, Budo for Peace stress budo — universal martial-arts values of self-control, respect, harmony, responsibility, courtesy, integrity, humility, order and tolerance – while using martial arts training as a springboard for tolerance and friendship among children, youth and adults.

Twelve years after its founding, there are 20 Budo for Peace affiliated clubs throughout Israel as well as branches in Jordan and Turkey. Read More