Definition of budo in English:



mass noun
  • 1Martial arts.

    • ‘This experience gave him a further understanding of the historical roots of budo in China.’
    • ‘He believed in the idea of self-sufficiency and the combination of budo and farming.’
    • ‘Entering a dojo and making a career of teaching budo will create a lot of parental opposition.’
    • ‘His initial enthusiasm to become a merchant in Tokyo began to fade as he set out on his preferred path of budo.’
    • ‘Budo must always begin and end with reigi, for without reigi, budo can never be proper budo.’
    1. 1.1 The code on which martial arts are all based.
      • ‘But to my way of thinking, there is no doubt that budo is what forms the roots of aikido.’
      • ‘The essential elements of budo are: the timing of heaven, the utility of earth, and the harmonization of human beings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is with this hope that we establish the Budo Charter in order to uphold the fundamental principles of traditional budo.’


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