<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
Japanese Martial Arts.

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

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
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
The Philosophy of Budo HP.
ideo "Japanese Budo" produced by Japanese Budo Association.
Shorinji Kempo Monterey Top Page
Budo: Japanese Martial Arts