<Budo: Japanese Martial Arts>

Japanese Martial Arts is called "
Budo." Budo literally means "the way of Martial" in the Japanese
language: "
Bu" is "Martial" and "Do" is "the way." "The Way of Martial (Budo)" expresses that Martial Arts
should give good influence to a way of human life.

Therefore, the purpose of
Budo is educational: Not "for fighting," but "for improving human being." People
who practice
Budo can develop body and mind through practicing and training martial arts and acquire
matured personality. Moreover, people can contribute what they have acquired from
Budo into their better
life and society. On the other hand, martial arts which purpose is only for fighting or earning money such
as professional martial arts fighting shows on TV cannot be called
Budo. They practice in order to show
these martial arts, which is not for having a better life or society, but only for fighting and earning money.
These martial arts cannot be called as

Japanese Martial Arts,
Budo, contributes into education in Japan. All public and private schools in Japan
can teach 9 Japanese Martial Arts below as a school subject along the Government-regulated school
curriculum. Especially, it is mandatory for all middle school in Japan to teach one of the 9 Japanese
Martial Arts as a subject. However, it is impossible to teach other martial arts such as "XX jujutsu" or "XX
Kempo karate" at school in Japan because
they are not recognized officially and nationally as
Budo, Japanese Martial Arts.

There are 9 Japanese Martial Arts officially and nationally recognized as
Budo, Japanese Martial Arts by
Japanese Government.

1. Judo
Wikipedia (International Judo Federation)
2. Kendo
Wikipedia (International Kendo Federation)
3. Kyudo
Wikipedia (All Japan Kyudo Federation)
4. Sumo Wikipedia (International Sumo Federation)
5. Karatedo
Wikipedia (Japan Karatedo Federation)
6. Aikido
Wikipedia (International Aikido Federation)
7. Shorinji Kempo
Wikipedia (World Shorinji Kempo Organization)
8. Naginata
Wikipedia (International Naginata federation)
9. Jukendo
Wikipedia (All Japan Jukendo Federation)

These 9 Japanese Martial Arts Federations established "Japanese Budo Association (Nihon Budo
Kyougikai)" affiliated with Ministry of Education of Japanese Government.  
Japanese Budo Association
English HP

Japanese Budo Association (Nippon Budo Kyougikai) defines in the "Philosophy of Budo" that Budo is a
time-honored form of physical culture compromising of Judo, Kendo, Kyudo, Sumo, Karatedo, Aikido,
Shorinji Kempo, Naginata, and Jukendo. Link to
The Philosophy of Budo HP.
Shorinji Kempo Monterey Top Page
Budo: Japanese Martial Arts