The difference between a 'jutsu' and a 'do'
In Japanese martial arts there is a division between '-jutsu' and '-do' arts; as in jujutsu and judo. To those not familiar with the arts the difference would be superficial. They would generally look the same, they would share many techniques, and the practitioners themselves would most likely be dressed the same. However, there is a difference. The difference is why they were given different names in the first place.
|kenjutsu as practiced in armor|
|kendoka in bogū and using shinai|
In the end can you call one aspect better than the other? No. I don't plan to get into many mass battles with two armies of sword wielders, but I do plan on having to deal with stress and a lack of physical fitness that modern life has thrust upon us. It is good to be an aware, spiritual person, until a mugger comes at me with a knife. Like anything else, I have to blend my own combination of the two. I hope your training in your art(s) allows you to do this as well. Now, I have to go train some more...
By J. A. Wilson