The Japanese Kanji character for “BU” means war or martial. The character for “JUTSU” means technique, craft or science. The character for “DO” means path or way.
When we begin our training in any martial art or self defense system, it’s usually as a Bujutsu, irregardless if it’s a Japanese Martial Art (JMA) or not. By that I mean that in the beginning of our martial training we give attention to the physical part of fighting, we focus on how best to defeat an EXTERNAL enemy. We’re practicing SELF PRESERVATION. As years turn into decades and decades turn into a lifetime we have to evolve our training methods to include skillful means in how to defeat the greatest enemy of all, the INTERNAL one. This is where your Bujutsu training is transformed into Budo training. Your self preservation training evolves into SELF TRANSFORMATION training.
The DO character is derived from the Buddhist Sanskrit word MARGA, which means “path to enlightenment.” When we see that our perception of the world as a place of contention is a self generated aspect of our mind and begin to wake up to the fact that the real enemy is within, that’s when we have transformed our training from Bujutsu to Budo. When we transform our inner world from that of violence to peace, our outer world we follow.