Interlude: To cultivate a budō spirit

The purpose of budō training, through “waza” practice, is to foster the educational values of promoting physical vitality and coordination, and developing good citizens. To refine “waza” is to polish “the heart”, and all of these attributes fall into the category of contemporary sport.

Ultimately, budō that includes fighting with opponents in order to objectify true power and re-evaluate oneself necessitates “shiai”. Contemporary budō is the budō that transplants “shiai” from the “battleground” into the “sports arena”. It follows that placing budō within the rubric of combat sports is not a contradiction. When it is researched historically and practically, and given the premise that violence always exists, we can see that budō is actually a study into the ability of the body and mind to deal with conflict.

Because its purpose is to provide a complete defence, considering all fundamental structures, forms and movements, budō possesses a remarkable character. Budō is brought to life when practised with this in mind, and it is very important that budō continues in this direction. This thesis enquires into the sportification of classical jū jutsu.