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The Good, Bad and Ugly in Martial Arts and Combat Sports

  This post started life as a book review, but as I thought about what I actually wanted to say it quickly became a different sort of essay.  It was inspired by Janet O’Shea’s 2019 Oxford UP Press, Risk, Failure,... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Martial Arts Studies Reader, by Qays Stetkevych

    Greetings! I am still traveling for a conference on Chinese History.  Unsurprisingly my paper is an attempt to introduce a new group of scholars to the joys of Martial Arts Studies.  Speaking of which, have you ordered a... Continue Reading →

Love Fighting Hate Violence: An Anti-Violence Program for Martial Arts and Combat Sports

  ***I am excited to introduce the following guest post by Alex Channon and Christopher Matthews.   Readers may recall that in my 2017 MAS Conference Keynote I called on the field to dedicate more theoretical and empirical attention to... Continue Reading →

Muay Thai and the Two-Level Game

  Introduction Earlier this morning I was faced with a choice.  Should I write about Nietzsche (and a certain martial art), or Robert Putnam (and an entirely different fighting system).  Its hard to sit down and read the news these... Continue Reading →

Reality Fighting and the End of Civilization

      The Debate   Neil Gong’s article, “How to Fight Without Rules: On Civilized Violence in “De-Civilized” Spaces,” (Social Problems, 2015, 0, pp. 1-18) is the sort of work that is sure to find its way onto a... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts Studies 2016 Conference Report – Performance, Motivations and Historical Excavation

      Introduction   Earlier this week I returned from a brief trip to Canada and the United Kingdom.  During this time I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote address at the 2nd annual Martial Arts Studies conference... Continue Reading →

Producing “Healthy Citizens”: Social Capital, Rancière and Ladies-Only Kickboxing

Question: Why did you choose kickboxing instead of some other sport? “Apparently it is a sport that we Moroccans like…We Moroccans need one or another outlet for our aggressions.” P. 40 Question: Why do you come to this school (far... Continue Reading →

Why do difficult and expensive martial arts thrive?

      Introduction: Is there room for rationality in the martial arts?   The study of hand combat suggests many types of questions. Following the “levels of analysis” typology I tend to mentally organize these into three categories; the... Continue Reading →

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