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Learning Martial Arts in Japan

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Learning Martial Arts in Japan

Sanny Soedjatmiko Hartanto

Do you know about martial arts in Japan? Maybe all of you already know about Karate, Judo, Aikido, and etc. Those are famous examples of martial arts in Japan. In Japanese, martial arts are known as (武道)“Budo”, or (武術)“Bujutsu”, or (武芸)“Bugei”. Those words have actually different meanings. For the way of life encompassing physical, spiritual, and personal growth, they usually use the word “Budo”. For the practical application of martial tactics and the techniques, they use the word “Bujutsu”. The word “Bugei” is for the adoption of those tactics and techniques. So, let’s learn more about these martial arts!

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Photo : Tambako The Jaguar on Flickr

Aikido


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Photo : Kesara Rathnayake on Flickr

Morihei Ueshiba developed this martial art in Japan. Aikido is the art of “striking”, “throwing”, and “joint locking”. Maybe the most interesting part of learning this martial art is the “joint locking” one. If you want to learn about it, you can search for a dojo in Japan, such as at Nihonbashi, Tokyo, and etc. For more information you can check the links below:
http://renshinkai.com/e/training-in-japan/
http://www.yoshinkan.net/indexE.html

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Photo : HoangP on Flickr

Karate


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Photo : Flavio~ on Flickr

The word Karate(空手)is from two words, (空)”Kara”, which means empty and (手)”Te”, which means hand in Japanese. So, it literally means “empty hand” in Japanese. This martial art originated from Okinawa, Japan. Maybe this martial art is the most well-known in the world, and you can easily learn it in your country too. If you are searching dojos for Karate, I recommend you to go to Kyudokan, or Shubukan in Japan. For the more information, please check the link below.
http://www.kyudokan.com

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Photo : David Vega on Flickr

Kendo


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Photo : Andy Smith on Flickr

The word Kendo(剣道)is from two words, (剣)”Ken”, which means sword, and (道)”Dou”, which means way in Japanese. So, it literally means “way of the sword” in Japanese. The easiest way to describe this martial art is a type of sword fighting. This martial art is also very popular all around the world, so maybe you can easily learn it in your country too. If you want to learn it in Japan, you can search the information of Osaka Shudokan. For more information about it, please check the link below.
http://syudoukan.info

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Photo : Josemere on Flickr

Judo


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Photo : Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games on Flickr

The word Judo(柔道)is from two words, (柔)”Jyuu”, which means gentle, and the word (道)”Dou”, which means way in Japanese. So, it literally means “gentle way” in Japanese. This martial art is a grappling based martial art, practiced primarily as a sport in Japan. Kano Jigoro created this martial art in the past. I also think that you can easily learn this martial art in your country because of its popularity. If you want to learn it in Japan, you can search the information about Kodokan Judo in Japan. For more information about it, you can check the link below.

http://kodokanjudoinstitute.org/en/

At Last


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Photo : ..::Fighter-Arts::.. on Flickr

Those are some of the martial arts in Japan. I can assure you can find one you will like, so don't hesitate to learn about it!