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Budō
Budō (武道, Budō) - A Japanese term describing martial arts. In English, it is used almost exclusively in reference to Japanese martial arts.

Budō is a compound of the word bu (武:ぶ), meaning war or martial; and dō (道:どう), meaning path or way. Specifically, dō is derived from the Buddhist Sanskrit mārga (meaning the 'path' to enlightenment). The term refers to the idea of formulating propositions, subjecting them to philosophical critique and then following a 'path' to realize them. Dō signifies a 'way of life'. Dō in the Japanese context, is experiential term, experiential in the sense that practice (the way of life) is the norm to verify the validity of the discipline cultivated through a given art form. The modern budō has no external enemy, only the internal enemy, one's ego that must be fought (state of Muga-mushin).

Similarly to budō, bujutsu is a compound of the words bu (武), and jutsu (術:じゅつ), meaning science, craft, or art. Thus, budō is most often translated as "the way of war", or "martial way", while bujutsu is translated as "science of war" or "martial craft." However, both budō and bujutsu are used interchangeably in English with the term "martial arts". some scholars note that an examination of the kanji for the term "bu" reveals a depiction of crossed halberds, a flick of blood, and the character for the word stop. One important interpretation among some schools of budo and bujutsu is that the term "bu" is more accurately rendered as "a means to stop the conflict". This would lead to an alternate translation of "budo" as "conflict resolution".

Information source: “Budō.” wikipedia.org. Article date: 1 Feb. 2008. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 4 Feb. 2008 <Budō>.

Video - The following are all about Budo: Aikido 合気道. The guy in all three of the videos, 塩田剛三, is truly amazing and very famous in Japan. The first video is kind of a training class and the other two are an information series.
 
 
 
 

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