Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt - B
A wooden staff approximately six feet long. It is one of the five weapons systematized by the early Okinawan developers of te (hand), and originated with the poles used by farm people to balance heavy loads across the shoulders.
Protective equipment of nonmetallic materials used in several styles of Japanese karate, primarily for competitive sparring.
An armed defense system centering around the use of the bo. It was developed from Japanese lance and spear techniques
A wooden sword used by the Japanese feudal warrior as a practice weapon. The bokken went on to become an effective battlefield weapon
"Military" or "warrior." A concept denoting the entire military dimension of feudal Japan.
A religious doctrine, one branch of which - the Chan school, or Zen - is closely connected to the practice of the martial arts.
"Military way" or "way of fighting." A generic term encompassing all of the Japanese martial arts, which are largely 20th century offspring stemming from concepts that can first be positively identified about the mid-18th century.
Any follower of the budo doctrine belonging to such arts as aikido, judo, kendo and karate.
A generic term encompassing older Japanese martial arts which applies specifically to those principles used by the samurai, or bushi, whose occupation was called bugei.
A name for the martial arts expert. Translated as "military person" or "warrior person."
"Military arts." A collective term for all the Japanese arts practiced by the samurai.
Samurai. Translated as "person or military class."
"Analysis." The detailed study of martial arts techniques.
"Military person," "warrior," or "samurai." A term for the Japanese warrior which was changed to samurai in the 15th century.