Definition of budo in English:



mass noun
  • 1Martial arts.

    • ‘He believed in the idea of self-sufficiency and the combination of budo and farming.’
    • ‘His initial enthusiasm to become a merchant in Tokyo began to fade as he set out on his preferred path of budo.’
    • ‘This experience gave him a further understanding of the historical roots of budo in China.’
    • ‘Budo must always begin and end with reigi, for without reigi, budo can never be proper budo.’
    • ‘Entering a dojo and making a career of teaching budo will create a lot of parental opposition.’
    1. 1.1 The code on which martial arts are all based.
      • ‘The essential elements of budo are: the timing of heaven, the utility of earth, and the harmonization of human beings.’
      • ‘But to my way of thinking, there is no doubt that budo is what forms the roots of aikido.’
      • ‘It is with this hope that we establish the Budo Charter in order to uphold the fundamental principles of traditional budo.’
      • ‘To understand the tradition and the philosophies that this style of karate-do represents, we must first visit the origin of budo and trace the path on which it was formed.’
      • ‘I think this makes them good models for how budo and the spirit of budo can be applied to so many other areas of life as well.’


Japanese budō, from bu ‘military’ + dō ‘way’.