Organization of Experience: Examining Inaba Minoru’s Budo as a Form of Art


  • Campbell C. Edinborough University of Hull



Aikido, kumitachi, training, reflective practice, self-transformation, self-actualization


This article examines how Japanese budo (martial arts), specifically the approach developed by Inaba Minoru (former headmaster of the Shiseikan Budojo, Tokyo), can be functionally understood as a form of art. Through referring to the aesthetic theories of Dennis Dutton, Ellen Dissanayake, and Joseph Carroll, the article examines budo as a means of organizing experience, recognizable alongside painting, dance, theater, and literature.


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How to Cite

Edinborough, C. C. (2012). Organization of Experience: Examining Inaba Minoru’s Budo as a Form of Art. Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 6(1), 157–172.