The Philosophy of Budō

Budō, the martial ways of Japan, have their origins in the traditions of bushidō– the way of the warrior. Budō is a time-honoured form of physical culture comprising of jūdō, kendō, kyūdō, sumō, karatedō, aikidō,shōrinji kempō, naginata and jūkendō. Practitioners study the skills while striving to unify mind, technique and body; develop his or her character; enhance their sense of morality; and to cultivate a respectful and courteous demeanour. Practised steadfastly, these admirable traits become intrinsic to the character of the practitioner. The Budō arts serve as a path to self-perfection. This elevation of the human spirit will contribute to social prosperity and harmony, and ultimately, benefit the people of the world.

Member Organisations of the Japanese Budō Association

  • Zen Nihon Jūdō Renmei(All Japan Judo Federation)
  • Zen Nippon Kendō Renmei(All Japan Kendo Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Kyūdō Renmei(All Nippon Kyudo Federation)
  • Nihon Sumō Renmei(Japan Sumo Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Karatedō Renmei(Japan Karatedo Federation)
  • Aikikai(Aikikai Foundation)
  • Shōrinji Kempō Renmei(Shorinji Kempo Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Naginata Renmei(All Japan Naginata Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Jūkendō Renmei(All Japan Jukendo Federation)
  • Nippon Budōkan(Nippon Budokan Foundation)
Established on 10 October, 2008 by the Japanese Budō Association (Nippon Budō Kyōgikai)
English translation approved 1 May, 2009
© 2009 The Japanese Budō Association