Ssaurabi is a modern Korean neologism meaning a man who is fighting. In South Korea, this is next to Samurang, a popular false etymology of the Japanese word samurai.

It is not clear when this term was coined. His earliest known use dates from 1983: Kim Yong- woon, a math historian writes in his book ( Kankokujin to Nihonjin )

" In Korean ssaul means to fight and abi man. Ssaurabi would ( be ) in Korean literally a man who fights meant. To be at the risk, abused, I have the amateurish idea that the Japanese samurai has some connections to the Korean Ssaurabi. Ssaurabi ... the Spirit who disappeared in Korea then, is the origin of the Japanese samurai spirit. "

The term Ssaurabi acquired perhaps among South Koreans in the 1990s, therefore, recognition, because the computer game Samurai Shodown in Korea under the name Ssaurabi Tuhon ( 싸울 아비 투혼 ) appeared to circumvent the anti-Japanese censorship.

Some Korean martial arts organizations claim that the Ssaurabi warriors come from the Kingdom of Baekje in southwestern Korea and emerged from these, the Japanese samurai. The South Korean film Saulabi (2002) by Moon Jong- geum references it here. :

" Saulabi [sa wool ah offer ] 1 an old Korean word for a noble swordsman 2, the etymology of the word Samurai "

There is no historical evidence for the existence of Ssaurabi in Baekje. Linguistically, it is difficult to explain the similarity between Ssaurabi and samurai with regular correspondences between Koreans and Japanese. An anachronism is evident when one examines the older forms of ssauda because this verb appears as sahoda in older Koranic scriptures. The use of Sahorabi is, however, not been established.


  • Korean martial arts