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The Budo Charter
Budo Kensho

The Japanese Budo Association was formed in 1987.

The English version of their Budo Charter was produced in 2004 and is reproduced here for your interest. Their Philosophy of Budo was published in 2009 and will be posted up soon.

Budo, the Japanese martial ways, have their origins in the age-old martial spirit of Japan. Through centuries of historical and social change, these forms of traditional culture evolved from combat techniques (jutsu) into ways of self- development (do).

Seeking the perfect unity of mind and technique, budo has been refined and cultivated into ways of physical training and spiritual development. The study of budo encourages courteous behaviour, advances technical proficiency, strengthens the body, and perfects the mind. Modern Japanese have inherited traditional values through budo which continue to play a significant role in the formation of the Japanese personality, serving as sources of boundless energy and rejuvenation. As such, budo has attracted strong interest internationally, and is studied around the world.

However, a recent trend towards infatuation just with technical ability compounded by an excessive concern with winning is a severe threat to the essence of budo. To prevent any possible misrepresentation, practitioners of budo must continually engage in self-examination and endeavour to perfect and preserve this traditional culture.

It is with this hope that we, the member organisations of the Japanese Budo Association, established The Budo Charter in order to uphold the fundamental principles of budo.


Through physical and mental training in the Japanese martial ways, budo exponents seek to build their character, enhance their sense of judgement, and become disciplined individuals capable of making contributions to society at large.


KEIKO (Training)
When training in budo, practitioners must always act with respect and courtesy, adhere to the prescribed fundamentals of the art, and resist the temptation to pursue mere technical skill rather than strive towards the perfect unity of mind, body and technique.


SHIAI (Competition)
Whether competing in a match or doing set forms (kata), exponents must

externalise the spirit underlying budo. They must do their best at all times, winning with modesty, accepting defeat gracefully and constantly exhibiting self-control.


DOJO (Training Hall)
The dojo is a special place for training the mind and body. In the dojo, budo practitioners must maintain discipline, and show proper courtesies and respect. The dojo should be a quiet, clean, safe and solemn environment.


Teachers of budo should always encourage others to also strive to better themselves and diligently train their minds and bodies, while continuing to further their understanding of the technical principles of budo. Teachers should not allow focus to be put on winning or losing in competition, or on technical ability alone. Above all, teachers have a responsibility to set an example as role models.


Persons promoting budo must maintain an open-minded and international perspective as they uphold traditional values. They should make efforts to contribute to research and teaching, and do their utmost to advance budo in every way.

Member Organisations of the Japanese Budo Association

Zen Nihon Judo Renmei (All Japan Judo Federation)

Zen Nihon Kyudo Renmei
(All Nippon Kyudo Federation)

Zen Nihon Karatedo Renmei

(Japan Karatedo Federation)

Shorinji Kempo Renmei (Shorinji Kempo Federation)

Zen Nihon Jukendo Renmei

(All Japan Jukendo Federation)

Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei

(All Japan Kendo Federation)

Nihon Sumo Renmei (Japan Sumo Federation)

Aikikai  (Aikikai Foundation)

Zen Nihon Naginata Renmei

(All Japan Naginata Federation)

Nippon Budokan (Nippon Budokan Foundation)

©2004 The Japanese Budo Association

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