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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.

Ryukyu Kobujutsu

Okinawan Kobudo
Japan ryuukyuukobujutsu
Ryukyu Kobujutsu

琉球古武術 is the title for "Ryukyu Kobujutsu" or "Ryukyu Islands Martial Arts." Sometimes referred to as "Okinawan Kobudo."

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Japanese kobudou / kobudo こぶどう
Japanese ancient Japanese martial arts
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Japanese ryuukyuukobujutsu / ryukyukobujutsu りゅうきゅうこぶじゅつ
Japanese (See 古武道) Okinawan kobudo; traditional martial arts of the Ryukyu Islands
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Japanese nichougama / nichogama にちょうがま
Japanese (See 鎌・1) two sickles used in Okinawan Kobudo

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kobudo古武道ku bu dou / kubudou / ku bu do / kubudogǔ wǔ dào
gu3 wu3 dao4
gu wu dao
ku wu tao
Ryukyu Kobujutsu琉球古武術ryuukyuukobujutsu

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