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Martial Arts / Budo

Way of the Warrior
China wǔ dào
Japan bu dou
Martial Arts / Budo

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.


Japan budoukan

Budokan literally means "martial arts stadium."

However, the title Budokan is often used to refer to a certain style of karate. This style originated in Malaysia and has spread throughout the world.


China gǔ wǔ dào
Japan ku bu dou

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.

The Nature of Martial Arts

China zì rán wǔ dào
Japan shi zen bu do
The Nature of Martial Arts

The first two characters create a word that means nature, natural, or spontaneous. The last two characters are often translated as martial arts.

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Japanese budou / budo ぶどう
 butou / buto ぶとう
 takemichi たけみち
Japanese martial arts; military arts; Bushido; (surname, given name) Budou; (surname) Butou; (given name) Takemichi
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Martial Arts / Budo


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Mandarin bù dào / bu4 dao4
Taiwan pu tao
Japanese budou / budo ぶどう
 butou / buto ぶとう
 fudou / fudo ふどう
Japanese (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

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Mandarin pú tao / pu2 tao5
Taiwan p`u t`ao / pu tao
Japanese budou / budo ぶどう
Chinese grape
Japanese (kana only) grape; grapevine; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) grape; grapevine; (place-name) Budou

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Japanese budou / budo ブドウ
Japanese (kana only) grape; grapevine

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Martial Arts
武道bu dou / budou / bu do / budowǔ 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 / kubudogǔ 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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