Definition of a Peace dojo

  • A Peace Dojo is a martial art school(note1) in which martial practice is explicitly oriented towards teaching skills of compassionate conflict engagement and peacemaking.
  • Martial practice is uniquely valuable for practicing peace. A normal response to an attack is fear and anger, and PDI teaches skills for receiving attacks in compassionate and harmonious ways.
  • In addition to the martial art practice, a Peace Dojo may incorporate: non-martial art practices which teach physical and verbal peace skills; and/or outreach peacemaking projects in the greater community; and/or intellectual studies of conflict and conflict resolution.
  • Peace Dojos began with the application of Aikido principles in situations outside combative practice and has since expanded to enthusiastically welcome all traditions of martial arts peacemaking.


(1) school: understand here a place where a practice is teached.It can be as simple as a few mats in a classroom.

Our mission: Promoting Peace Thru The Martial Arts

Peace Dojo International’s mission is to organize and support a global network of martial art schools, instructors, and students committed to training in and providing programs and resources for personal, community, and international peace building.

How to become a Peace Dojo?

Start of the process

You own a dojo, you are proposing peace activities and you discover Peace dojo International.
You’d like your dojo to become a Peace dojo

Just take contact with a Peace Dojo International member (here a link to contact us)

Apply to become a [Candidate] PDI

As you are already doing peace activity, or at least it is clearly in yours intentions to do it .
The PD member will ask you to present your project, send a document,… so that he(she) can confirm you are to become a PD.

As soon as he has enough information, the PD member can declare you as “Peace dojo Candidate”

From Candidate to Certified Peace Dojo

You prepare the application form to become a peace dojo

You organize a special event by inviting a peace dojo member or equivalent.
You discover the benefits of being part of PDI network

As your dojo information is sent to PDI committee and published on our website, the committee gathers and decides collegially to accept your dojo as a peace dojo.

You will receive a PDI certificate.

If the committee needs more info, you will be asked to complete your information.

Now you are a Peace Dojo

A peace dojo is a living place. It is not a certificate you receive to hang on a wall and that’s it.
It is a place where something happen, people practice, people share and communicate.
It is important to participate to the network of peace dojo and report your activities, publish papers or testimonies,..

If not (if you do not report a special activitiy, publish a paper, or..), you become an inactive dojo

Peace Dojo has to be active or become an inactive peace dojo

What kind of dojo can apply for Peace dojo ?

According to the definition of a Peace Dojo, you need to organize a place where activities are proposed with

  • a physical dimension (a martial art but any other physical practice is welcomed)
  • clear peacemaking intention: reconciliation, dialogue, healing from war or similar circumstances,..

The complete Peace Dojo life cycle

A peace dojo is a living place. It is not a certificate you receive to hang on a wall and that’s it.

It is a place where something happen, people practice, people share and communicate.

The schema below gives you an idea of what we call the “Peace Dojo Life Cycle” (PDLC).
You can see that when you become a peace dojo, you have to report your activities so that we know that you are still an active dojo. If not, you will be place in “dormant state”” or declared “former peace dojo”.

It can happen that a dojo is interrupting its activities for a few months or years. Then, as soon as you get back on your mat, you turn back as a “peace dojo”.

This PDLF try to nurture an active network of dojos.

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