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Old 12-21-2006, 07:56 AM   #3
Josh Reyer
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Re: Budo vs Martial Art ?

Saulo Fong wrote:
Would you consider applicable the translation of budo as martial art ?

The word martial has its roots in the roman mythology and it brings its own concept.

Here is an interesting article:
Not a bad article. I applaud them for getting the etymology for "bu" down, rather than going for the "feel good" etymology of "stopping spears". Unfortunately, they goofed with the non-existing word "Bujitsu".

Today, how would you translate or interpret budo ? Is there any other word that could describe it ?
I think martial discipline works fine.

Josh Reyer

The lyf so short, the crafte so longe to lerne,
Th'assay so harde, so sharpe the conquerynge...
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