The Origins and Significance of The Budo
As the code of honor that the foundation of all martial arts is based upon, the Budo is a legendary practice. There are limitless forms and types of Budo that are known to the world. Some of these forms and types include world-famous, judo, aikido, and karate. Alongside Iaido, Ninjutsu and the Batto-do. However though the Budo is widely known around the world, there is a league of misconceptions that surround it and its other forms and styles. To begin with, one of the first and largest misconceptions of the Budo is its meaning.
Budo refers to the collection of martial arts in Japanese culture. It is a term that is known to define modern Japanese martial arts. However, by translating “Martial Arts” into Japanese would result in the Japanese word ‘Kakutogi’ which is the term used for “Fighting Skills.” Bujutsu is a similar term in martial arts, that is defined to be the term used for technique or science of war. It is used English as a term to describe martial arts. The difference between Budo and Ninjutsu is simple. Bujutsu is the types of martial arts that you practice. However, the term Budo is the way that you get there, and the lifestyle that you follow by practicing Bujutsu. When translated literally, Budo means the martial way. But it is sometimes thought of as a way of war when, in reality, it means the opposite. The character ‘Bu’ from Budo is loosely translated to martial. This caused a misconception by westerners who thought that it meant violence and love for warfare. However, the oriental and original version of the term is actually described as ‘to stop,’ or ‘to prohibit.’ This shows that the original meaning of the word Budo is meant to ‘bring about peace.’
Modern Martial Arts
This shows that a true martial artist, should use violence only when necessary and should use force only as a way to foster and nurture peace. The main objective in Budo is to be able to cultivate character. It helps to enrich the ability to make value judgments that can foster the growth and development of a well-behaved and competent individual. This should be done through the participating un mental training and utilizes the parts of martial arts. Training is also another vital part of the Budo. It refers to the decorum and fundamentals that are expected to be performed each day in training. It is also the ability to resist the temptation to follow only technical and strategical skill and focus on the unity of both mind and technique when training. The guideline for Budo in modern martial arts is the attitude. Attitude ensures the manifestation of Budo spirit instead of just performance in the matches and practice mats. It is believed that one must exert their bodies to the utmost limit, always accept the loss of a match gracefully. They also must, on a daily basis, display and exhibit a constant temperate attitude.