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Old 03-30-2018, 11:37 AM   #1
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What is "Real Budo"?

An essay by Ellis Amdur over at Kogen Budo got me thinking about what goes into make "real budo". Is it the harshness of the training? Is it the risk of injury when you make a mistake? Is it using live weapons instead of practice weapons? Or is it something else? I've put my thoughts in this blog
http://budobum.blogspot.com/2018/03/...real-budo.html
What makes your aikido "real"?

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Old 04-02-2018, 09:56 AM   #2
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Re: What is "Real Budo"?

Do you mean budo or bujitsu?

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Old 04-02-2018, 12:46 PM   #3
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Re: What is "Real Budo"?

Ellis Amdur's essay ( http://kogenbudo.org/the-real-import...hiki-in-koryu/ ) is definitely worth a read.

This is the final paragraph:

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Despite the fact that we will never use these weapons to cut down
another human being, if we are not training for the purpose of
learning how best to do so, practice in koryu is a lie. And a pointless
lie at that. As far as your legacy is concerned, it should be of paramount
importance to you that no one ever has legitimate grounds to question
your ability -- if such questions exist, one must train until they are
eliminated. Beyond this, however, it is even more important that no one has
legitimate grounds to question your behavior. Such behavior is not mere politesse
-- it is the essence of proper action among armed human beings.
If one practices martial arts with this kind integrity, one is unlikely to go wrong.

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Old 04-02-2018, 02:11 PM   #4
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Re: What is "Real Budo"?

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Do you mean budo or bujitsu?

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I'm not sure what "bujitsu" is, but I suspect you mean "bujutsu". Honestly, it doesn't matter which term you prefer. That the terms are so fundamentally opposed in meaning is a dichotomy largely created by non-Japanese. You really can't have budo without bujutsu. And "do" always informs technique in Japanese cultural systems. If you want the long winded answer, try this
http://budobum.blogspot.com/2012/11/...tsu-again.html

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Old 04-03-2018, 05:23 AM   #5
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Thank you Peter.

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Old 04-03-2018, 09:01 PM   #6
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Re: What is "Real Budo"?

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An essay by Ellis Amdur over at Kogen Budo got me thinking about what goes into make "real budo". Is it the harshness of the training? Is it the risk of injury when you make a mistake? Is it using live weapons instead of practice weapons? Or is it something else? I've put my thoughts in this blog
http://budobum.blogspot.com/2018/03/...real-budo.html
What makes your aikido "real"?
For me, at the moment, I'd have to say that real budo is training in a way and at an intensity that will get me what I want from aikido in a reasonable time period while not compromising my other goals. But, give it a week or a month or a year, that may change.
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