There are several interpretations of the word "budo", the japanese character "bu" is constructed from the characters meaning "arms of war" or "violence", and "to stop, prohibit, or bring to an end" and "do" meaning losely "way of". Therefore, budo can be translated as "way of stopping violence, by means of arms" or perhaps "way to bring about peace".  The warriors of Japan saw their skills as tools for maintaining the peace (and therefore protection) rather than an indulgence. Although warfare was sometimes necessary or unavoidable, peace was always the ultimate goal. With this in mind, we chose to follow the meaning of budo as in the path of small arms and practice in several forms of weapons specific to those used by the Samurai i.e. Ken, Jo, Jitte, Kyu, handbo, and shakken.