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Old 12-26-2006, 01:24 PM   #12
Josh Reyer
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Re: Budo vs Martial Art ?

Mark Murray wrote:
So, budo would be defined more like, the way of war?
Yup, pretty much. Or perhaps more precisely "the military way". The character suggests armies.

Other "bu" compounds:

buki 武 + 器 "vessel" = weapon
buryoku 武 + 力 "strength" = military might, force of arms
bukan 武 + 官 "minister" = officer
bugei 武 + 芸 "skills, arts" = military skills, military arts
busou 武 + 装 "dressing" = armaments
buun 武 + 運 "fortune, fate" = fortune in war
embu 演 "performance" + 武 = military exercise, military demonstration"

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