Bu (n.) 1. The original meaning of the Chinese character bu is 'Marching with armor in hand", or "charging ahead". 2. Referring to the military arts. (During the Edo Period, under the strong influence of Chinese Confucianism, the meaning of bu was derived from China's oldest dictionary as "stopping the sword", and was therefore regarded as a symbol of pacifism with which to govern the world.)[1]


  1. Japanese-English Kendo Dictionary, KENDO America
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