“You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” Yoda

Peaceful Warriors throughout history and fiction seek to reduce conflict and find the most peaceful resolution possible. This is almost the definition of a hero.

For example, in the Lucasfilm Star Wars series, the Jedi are often called in to negotiate critical situations. Having the confidence mediate between people in disagreement is one of the most useful benefits of martial art training. However, most martial art training does not emphasize conflict resolution at all. In order to honor its commitment to train true Peaceful Warriors, the Peacemaker Academy includes state of the art training in conflict resolution embedded within an active class structure.

The format we teach is based on classic conflict resolution, negotiation, and Nonviolent Communication. People are revealed to be more alike than different, and doing their best to meet their needs with the tools and information they have. Students are taught to understand human needs and feelings, and to structure their communication in such a way as to increase the likelihood of being heard and decreasing the chances of offense.

The protective use of force is a tool that also reduces conflict, as opposed to punishment. Showing your strength increases credibility and the chances that you will be able to find a good outcome.