Budo (武道) stance for “martial way”. While budo can easily misinterpreted as a philosophy of violence and war (martial). It aims, however, on the complete opposite.

French aikido master Guillaume Erard recently described budo as

“a path of personal development through the study of traditions and techniques originating in the arts of war of the samurai (侍).”

At the center of the budo stance the control over one´s body and mind as well as the cultivation and civilization of one´s convictions and behavior. This foundation leads to the execution of good and just actions.

Shotokan understands itself as budo.

Further Readings:

Erard, Guillaume 2018: Real Fighting is Not The Primary Purpose of Budo. In: Guillaume Erard Blog.

Delage, Jordy 2017: Clarifications on the origin of the character “Bu” “武”. The background of a false interpretation. In: The Seido Blog #Budostudies.

List of Authors:

Dr. Christian Tribowski