Re: Can you truly understand budo without training in Japan?
...you must go to the Degobah system.
Peter, you're translation of bu/wu seems a little off. Additionally the kanji you reference and their meanings have their roots in China. The Chinese and Koreans also held these values, and taoism and confucionism are imported from the mainland, and still very much part of life in Japan. These concepts and these people have travelled the world, and are available to anyone that is willing to understand them. I would speculate that it is possible, without travelling to Japan to learn budo. Based on your position even if one were to travel to Japan they may not learn it because they were not born there, it is not part of their psyche from day one....maybe that should be the question, can a foriegner learn budo? But I think, we as learning creatures can learn anything.
....so luke went to the Degobah system, but in my opinion it was really Han Solo who embraced budo .
Last edited by aikidark : 10-22-2013 at 10:48 AM.