Glossary Martial Arts / Term


Broad term encompassing the Japanese do (way) arts. Unlike fighting systems before the 20th century, the do were designed not necessarily to be used in warfare, but as a means of physical and spiritual perfection. Budo, from the mid-18th century, grew out of more deadly arts, called bulubu (military arts), as a drspassionate, idealized discipline. Its goal is to free the mind of fear and consciousness of self. Budo requires continuous study of

technique. It demands continuous effort in creating the ideal psychological state; constant striving is required to remove any emotion obstructing correct judgment and the reflexes of the body.
The budo arts can be considered the antithesis of those practices included under bujuttsu. The most popular budo arts are aikido, judo, karate-do, kendo, kyudo, and iaido.
Further reading: Modern Bujutsu and Budo,
Donn F. Draeger, 1974, Classical Budo, Donn F. Draeger, 1973; Secrets of the Samurai, Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, 1973.

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