Peace Dojos International (PDI) is a global network of martial arts schools that explicitly teach nonviolence, conflict resolution, and peacemaking. The PDI meets monthly to review new applications.

Martial practice is uniquely valuable for practicing peace because attack/defense drills offer the opportunity to train oneself to receive an opponent in an empathetic and harmonious way. A Peace Dojo incorporates

  • non-martial art practices that teach physical and verbal skills, and/or
  • peacemaking outreach projects in the greater community, and /or
  • intellectual studies of conflict and conflict resolution.

Peace Dojos engage in rigorous and deliberate training practices to develop the capacity for skillful, healing action and the courage of heart needed to face the fear and violence in oneself and in the world.

The Bronx Peace Dojo, created by longtime peace activist and former AE president Bill Leicht, was the first Peace Dojo. Since the late 1990s, the PDI network has frown to include a dozen dojos worldwide, including the Hawassa Dojo in Ethiopia.

Two Rivers Aikido in Kalispell, Montana, USA, was one of the first Peace Dojos certified by PDI.


Teaching Peace

Peace Dojos around the world like Two Rivers Aikido in Kalispell, Montana, USA, teach peace in their communities.


Earth Day All Ages Aikido 2.0 Tai Sai Seminar

Learn to work through conflict while staying in balance with your children, co-workers, and complete strangers. Aikido 2.0 begins with traditional movement and incorporates language and thought explicitly, on the mat, as soon as the basic movements are clear.


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