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武道 is the very common Japanese way to say "Martial Arts."
武道 is used mostly in Japanese dojos but is also understood in Chinese and Korean.
Some will use this title to mean chivalry (the conduct of a knight) or military art. The way this word is understood would depend on the context in which it is used.
The first character means "force" or "warlike" or "essence of a warrior."
The second character means "method," "path," and "the way." It is the same character used to describe/mean the philosophy of Taoism / Daoism.
Some will also translate this as, "The Way of the Warrior," especially in the context of Korean martial arts.
古武道 is the title for Kubudo, which can be defined as Okinawan weapons fighting.
The literal translation would be something like "Old Martial Way." The last two characters are often translated as "martial arts" so "Old Martial Arts" is another possible translation.
Please note that even though these are Chinese characters, and can be pronounced in Chinese, this is a Japanese only title. It is not often used nor understood in Chinese. So please consider this to only be appropriate for a Japanese audience.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your budo search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| budou / budo ぶどう
butou / buto ぶとう
| martial arts; military arts; Bushido; (surname, given name) Budou; (surname) Butou; (given name) Takemichi
More info / calligraphy:
Martial Arts / Budo
| bù dào / bu4 dao4
budou / budo ぶどう
butou / buto ぶとう
fudou / fudo ふどう
| (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (archaism) inhuman; immoral; unreasonable; outrageous; wicked; (2) (the crime of) barbarity (such as killing three people in one family, or dismembering a corpse)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
| pú tao / pu2 tao5
p`u t`ao / pu tao
budou / budo ぶどう
(kana only) grape; grapevine; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) grape; grapevine; (place-name) Budou
| budou / budo ブドウ
|| (kana only) grape; grapevine
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|武道||bu dou / budou / bu do / budo||wǔ dào / wu3 dao4 / wu dao / wudao||wu tao / wutao|
|Budokan||武道館||budoukan / budokan|
|Kobudo||古武道||ku bu dou / kubudou / ku bu do / kubudo||gǔ wǔ dào
gu3 wu3 dao4
gu wu dao
|ku wu tao
|The Nature of Martial Arts||自然武道||shi zen bu do|
|zì rán wǔ dào
zi4 ran2 wu3 dao4
zi ran wu dao
|tzu jan wu tao
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