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Reflections on COVID-19, transnational (im)mobility, and collective ways of organizing

  Introduction This is the tenth guest post in our series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of martial artists, and Martial Arts... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Training Alone: Martial Arts in a Time of Pandemic

  Introduction This is the fifth guest post in our short series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of martial artists, and Martial... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 and A Little Change of Plans

"A Little Change of Plans" by Prof. Thomas Green   In the beginning… As the news began to arrive about what was eventually labeled Covid-19, I was enjoying my first week of retirement from university teaching. I settled into a... Continue Reading →

Capoeira in the Age of COVID: An Art of Resilience

  Introduction This is the third essay in our short series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of martial artists, and Martial Arts... Continue Reading →

Nationalism, Immigration and Identity: The Gracies and the Making of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 1934–1943

  ***With the ongoing discussion of the very serious COVID-19 situation, it is easy to forget that we just released the ninth issue of Martial Arts Studies.  This open issue is packed with an exceptional variety of full length research... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Covid-19 Confessions and Martial Arts Studies

Introduction What follows is the first in a series of guest posts wrestling with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its impact on martial arts, martial artists and Martial Arts Studies.  Given the dislocation and losses that have been suffered by... Continue Reading →

Field Notes: Sticks, Blades and Movement Along the Pacific Rim

  Introduction Michael J. Ryan has has been kind enough to share with us some of his field notes from a recent hoplology project which he had the good fortune to participate in.  The focus of these exchanges, interviews and... Continue Reading →

The Immigrant Experience: Asian Martial Arts in the United States and Canada, by Joseph R. Svinth

    ***Happy Thanksgiving!  This is a day when we commemorate the initial act of European immigration to North America.  From that point onward the flow of people and ideas across our borders has never really stopped.  As such, it... Continue Reading →

Conference Report: Fighting Bodies and Knowledge at Trier University

  ***The following is a guest post by Paul Bowman who recently had the good fortune to attend a fascinating set of meetings at Trier University organized by Dr. Eric Burkart and Dr. Eva Bishoff.  From the sounds of thing... Continue Reading →

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