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Martial Arts and Ways in Japan

Defining Budo: Evolution of Spirit
By Christopher Caile

While inheriting its technical roots from bujutsu, or samurai fighting arts, budo developed its own unique definition of spirit

Do: The Way
By Dave Lowry

Do is seen throughout Japanese art and culture as well as the martial arts.

Classical Budo
By Christopher Caile

Classical Budo evolved from technical roots based in the samurai fighting arts to a new class of disciplines that set the stage for modern judo, aikido, kendo and karate-do.

By Christopher Caile

Budo does not translated well into martial ways because within its characters is also the secondary meaning of to stop conflict.

By Christopher Caile

The classical arts of the Japanese fighting man set the stage for modern arts such as karate-do, kendo, judo and aikido.

Modern Budo
By Christopher Caile

Budo includes karate-do, kendo, judo and aikido which have inherited technical roots from the samurai combat arts.

Shindo Jinen-ryu Karate-do History and Tradition of Budo
By Akihiro Omi

The early 20th century development of karate in Japan.

Budo Belts and Ranks: The Forgotten Symbolism
By Christopher Caile

Are the belt we wear only imported figments of oriental culture, or are they meaningful symbols charged with the energy of years of dedication and hard work?

Focus on Budo
By Christopher Caile

Budo is a term which is made up of two characters, ?Bu,? and ?Do,? each having a unique meaning.

Kagami Biraki 2001 Photo Portrait
By Christopher Caile

Many traditional Japanese martial arts organizations welcome the new year with a traditional celebration of renewal and spiritual rededication known as Kagami Biraki that dates back to an old Samurai family practice that started in the 15th century.

Kagami Biraki: Renewing the Spirit
By Christopher Caile

Kagami Biraki, which literally means 'Mirror Opening' (also known as the 'Rice Cutting Ceremony'), is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many traditional martial arts schools (dojos) usually on the second Saturday or Sunday of January.

Setsu Do Motsu: A Lecture on Karate-do
By Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, 9th Dan, Head of the World Seido Karate Organization

The way you study karate is not just your kata, your fighting form, or fighting spirit but how you study karate applied to daily life.

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