Japanese Martial-Arts

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General Information of Japanese Martial Arts

Martial arts which originally developed as arts of war by the samurai have evolved into forms of austere discipline aimed at spiritual improvement. Budo, or martial arts, can be characterized into two categories: koryū and gendai budō. Koryu refers to budo originating in Japan prior to the Meiji Restoration in 1888. Sumo, dating back approximately 1500 years, is a type of koryū. Gendai budō which literally means "modern martial way" refers to budo emerging after the Meiji Restoration such as judo. The purpose of gendai budō, unlike koryū is not warfare, but instead self improvement.

Aikido

Aikido

Japanese Martial Art - the way of the harmonious spirit

Kyudo

Kyudo

The modern martial art of Japanese archery

Kendo

Kendo

Japanese Fencing

Judo

Judo

Training of one's body and spirit

Sumo

Sumo

Originally a Shinto ritual for agricultural fertility in ancient times

Karate

Karate

The Way of the Empty Hand

Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji Kempo

Shaolin Temple Fist Method

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