The first regional Budo for Peace competition began on Monday at the Wingate
Institute with the first of three days of intense activity. The event attracted
over 200 participants from Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinian
Master Hirokazu Kanazawa, a living legend in the world of 200
million practitioners of martial arts was on hand as special guest for the
regional peace camp and to help celebrate 60 years of Japan/Israel
Budo for Peace is a non-profit organization established in
Israel by two-time world karate silver medalist Danny Hakim, who represented
Australia and Israel in many world championships.
The organization uses
the educational values of Budo to teach children from all ethnic groups in
Israel (Arab, beduin, Ethiopian, orthodox Jew, Druze etc.) and the region about
tolerance, mutual respect, self control and self development.
Japanese means traditional martial arts but also means “the way of preventing
Budo for Peace has branches in Jordan, West bank. Gaza,
Turkey, Morocco, France and Ethiopia and is endorsed by the UNOSDP, Peace and
Sport and Sport and Development.