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Bushido

Postby eviljoints » Mar 21, 2006 10:19

I was wondering if anyone can help me here.

I have looked up bushido on the net and it's sketchy what is writen about it.

So can anyone explane in detail about Bushido?
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Postby dragon » Mar 22, 2006 06:27

Bushido is the code of honour taught to the Samurai.It translates as "way of the warrior".
It's a mixture of different philosophies/religions that the Samurai lived by.

Don't know if you're refering to a martial art that's calling itself Bushido.This the only Bushido i know of.

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Postby eviljoints » Mar 22, 2006 07:10

That is where the internet got blurry as i have looked it up and have come out with a martial art with is deadly and tought to few people, to another witch is a base on karake. Also as you say the code of bushido.
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Postby dragon » Mar 22, 2006 07:28

Code of the Samurai pre-dates any martial art calling itself Bushido as far as i'm aware.

eviljoints wrote: to another witch is a base on karake.


Are you sure you don't mean Bubishi?This is a text that was passed from master to student in Okinawa(Karate).Sometimes refered to as the Karate Bible".


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Postby eviljoints » Mar 22, 2006 07:52

No thats what i ough at first but also i have found a that bushido is joined in aikido. Is this a true fact? as most things n the internet you can't trust.
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Postby dragon » Mar 22, 2006 08:01

The founder of Aikido studied aiki-ju which is the art of the Samurai.He later evoved this into Aikido(so most texts say).

I would say the link between Aikido and Bushido is minimal today though.

I have a traslation of the Bushido somewhere.It's roughly seven rules that the samurai lived by.

Today some people use the term Budo,Bu-meaning War(warrior) and do-meaning way or path.

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Postby eviljoints » Mar 22, 2006 08:09

yeah i have the creed and the 7 rules in english and spanish. so really Bushido is a way of fighting not an actual martial art?
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Postby dragon » Mar 22, 2006 10:05

Bushido is more of a way of life or a philosophy to live life by.

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Postby Kit » Mar 23, 2006 19:57

I think the core of your confusion lies in the fact that a lot of chinese and japanese words used for martial arts are also used in English - and yet the meaning when used in English is often somwhat different to the original meaning. i have lived in both China and Japan and it was interesting for me to see the differences between what we do in the west and what they do at the source.

Example:
If you talked to a martial artist outside of Japan about budo, they would probably think of a particular style or styles with similar roots.
If you went to Japan and talked about budo, the word simply means 'martial arts'.

Likewise we in the west somehow associate bushido as something that involves samurai swords and so on (ie images of the past) and yet in japan today bushido, as dragon says, is very much alive but in a different way - the way people carry themselves. You can conduct business following the art of bushido - it is all about your state of mind and the laws you place on yourself.

There were other interesting things that I saw in the area of training. In the west, we like to keep up the traditions in many dojos or schools quite strictly. But in China and Japan training was a lot more relaxed as far as that goes. It led me to see that we in the west in many ways are mesmorised by an illusion of martial arts, an illusion sold to us by the movies...

In short, our misunderstanding of these cultures that these arts come from open us all up to be ripped off! I see many schools hiding behind traditional looking masters and training areas (just like out of a movie) and yet noone in the school -teacher included can do anything! One school i visited had all kinds of weapons and a chinese lion head up the front of the class. After probing the teacher, i found that none of them knew how to use any of the stuff!!! (he also had a nice 'shaolin temple' sign hung over his door)

To end my ramble - it is wise to look into things as you are doing. And go for what is real.
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