Japanese Martial Arts are, without doubt, a very interesting and popular subject when we talk about Japanese Culture.
Basically, we can divide Japanese Martial Arts on 2 categories based on the when they were formed – Before Meiji Restoration: Koryū (古流:こりゅう) and after Meiji Restoration: Gendai budō (現代武道:げんだいぶどう) – Some of the most popular nowadays are part of the Gendai budō, but it is important to remember that usually they are directly related to the Koryū, the martial art changed its category because a change on methodology.
Some of the most important Koryū martial arts are: Jujutsu (柔術), Kenjutsu (剣術), Iaijutsu (居合術), Naginatajutsu (長刀術), and the extremely popular Ninjutsu.
On the other hand we have the Gendai budō, that basically searched to focus much more into the spiritual and self improvement, rather than war or fighting. In many cases, it has gone as far as becoming more similar to a sport (at least in general practice worldwide)The most popular Gendai budō are: Karate (空手), Judo (柔道), Kendo (剣道), Kyūdō (弓道), Iaidō (居合道), Aikido (合氣道), and Shorinji Kempo (少林寺拳法)
Nowadays, many people in Japan practice one or more Gendai budō Martial Arts, and some even practice Koryū martial arts (probably Sumo being the most popular of them)Even some of the Gendai budō Martial Arts that may seem not as accessible (ex. Kendo or Kyudo) are quite popular even at mid school, high school and universities. You can buy your own equipment (from manufacturers like Tanei) or use the ones that are available for the Club members.
Even if you are not willing or able to participate in a Martial Art, and you are a big fan of them, maybe you could be interested in one of the bags and backpacks from Tanei (Sasicco) that are made with the same material of the martial art uniforms!
We will be covering each of the Japanese Martial Arts in the future, trying to cover more specific information and interesting details of each – From history, techniques, events, schools, etc.
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