The Philosophy of Budō

Budō, the martial ways of Japan, have their origins in the traditions of bushidō– the way of the warrior. Budō is a time-honoured form of a physical culture comprising of jūdō, kendō, kyūdō, sumō, karatedō, aikidō,shōrinji kempō, naginata and jūkendō. Practitioners study the skills while striving to unify mind, technique and body; develop his or her character; enhance their sense of morality; and to cultivate a respectful and courteous demeanour. Practised steadfastly, these admirable traits become intrinsic to the character of the practitioner. The Budō arts serve as a path to self-perfection. This elevation of the human spirit will contribute to social prosperity and harmony, and ultimately, benefit the people of the world.

Source: http://www.nipponbudokan.or.jp/english/rinen_eng