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Martial arts group aims knockout blow for peace

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The barefoot, black-belted martial arts experts flick high kicks and aim straight-elbowed arm thrusts at each other, but it is their handshakes that draw gasps and applause from spectators. 

Danny Hakim, founder of Budo for Peace (C), seen here working with Hanan Drawshi, a 25-year-old Arab from Israel (R) and Jewish Israeli teenager Shayan Frankel after the opening ceremony of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation 11th World Championship, in Sydney.

Taking its name from the Japanese expression for "the way of stopping conflict", an organisation called Budo for Peace gave crowds at last month's Shotokan Karate-do International Federation world championships in Sydney more than just a physical exhibition.

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