The DOJO Program

What is a DOJO?

A dōjō is a Japanese term which means “place of the way.” It is considered the formal gathering place for students of any Japanese martial arts style to conduct training, examinations, and other learning encounters. The dan ranking system is used by many Japanese organizations to indicate the level of ones’ ability or expertise within a certain matter within a colored belt.


At Pride Global, the concepts of the dōjō and the dan are applied to each division of our company. Each division offers our employees an opportunity to learn, grow and excel both professionally and personally.


Every employee is given the framework and platform to advance through the company, which is reflected through various dōjō  belt colors. Starting with a white belt on day one, each employee has a chance to receive a new belt based on leadership’s assessment of how the employee embodies AIKIDO.

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What is AIKIDO?

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit.”

When considering promotions to higher belt levels, Pride Global’s leadership seeks to identify examples of the following qualities that comprise the acronym AIKIDO:

A – Adaptability
I  – Integrity
K – Knowledge
I  – Inclusion
D – Drive
O – Outlook

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