Kobudo - "weapons way"? not in my back yard it isn't

Discussion in 'Weapons' started by kobudo_tob, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. kobudo_tob

    kobudo_tob Valued Member

    Just had a look at the "Glossary" section and I instintively made my way to "K" for "kobudo"

    It says kobudo translates as "Weapons Way".

    Kobudo translates as "Ancient Martial Way", not "Weapons Way". It may MEAN weapons way, but it doesn't translate as that.

    This is one thing I'm sure of....I think... :D

    (Waiting for Andrew Green to bite my head off.........:D)
  2. Andrew Green

    Andrew Green Member

    No, you're right

    The breakdown is:

    Ko: Ancient/old

    Bu: Martial

    Do: Way

    With respect to the Okinawan arts it means the weaponry aspects. But in Japan it refers to something different, namely "old" styles, with or without weapons.

    "Ryukyu kobudo" would be a weapons style though.
  3. kobudo_tob

    kobudo_tob Valued Member

    Damn straight, I agree exactly with you Andrew.

    Now the next step is to change the glossary....MODERATOR :D
  4. Andrew Green

    Andrew Green Member

    Glancing through the glossary there are a few other errors. I'll go through and make a list later, of the japanese terms at least.

    They're pretty close for the most part, and get the general idea across. But little things can cause confusion.

    Like "Kobudo" being listed as "Weapons way", usually that is what is meant, but there are a whole group of Japanese arts which are "kobudo" that have nothing to do with Okinawan weaponry and involve empty hand stuff as well.

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