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Research Notes: Judo’s Triple Transformation in The China Press (1932)

  Doing the Homework Students of Martial Arts Studies are the fortunate few.  As research areas go, ours is pretty interesting. Yet as I review the literature (even recent publications from big name academic presses), it is clear that many... Continue Reading →

Seeking Identity with a T-Shirt: Uniforms in the Martial Arts

  The Varieties of Uniformity   My Monday evening study-group just passes a milestone. Somehow it never even occurred to me that this was on the horizon, though I was the one who (inadvertently) set things in motion.  An acquaintance... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts and the Body Politic: A Review in Memory of Denis Gainty

    Denis Gainty. 2013. Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan. London and New York: Routledge. 208 pages. $55 USD. Reviewed by Benjamin N. Judkins.   The passing of Denis Gainty in 2017 robbed the martial arts studies... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts Studies 6: New Research on Japanese Martial Arts

  Paul Bowman and I are happy to announce that the sixth issue of Martial Arts Studies (an imprint of Cardiff University Press) has been published and is now available. This interdisciplinary academic journal is free to read or download by any individual... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Martial Arts and a History of Desire

    A History of Desire   When thinking about the diffusion of the Asian fighting arts to the West, we must distinguish between the history of the martial arts as they were practiced, and their evolution as symbols within... Continue Reading →

Judo and the Chinese Martial Arts: the View from 1928

  Staging a Global Controversy Origin stories are very often political.  People everywhere intuitively understand this.  If you can pinpoint (or simply construct) the moment of something’s creation you can also attempt to socially frame its subsequent practice in all... Continue Reading →

Mixed Martial Arts in Shanghai, 1925

    I recently had a chance to explore and organize a large database of vintage newspaper articles. This material was gathered as part of my on-going “Kung Fu Diplomacy” project. Yet every so often I ran across news items... Continue Reading →

How Jiu-Jitsu Became a Traditional German Martial Art

    Introduction One of my on-going projects is a co-authored study of Wing Chun’s history (and social meaning) within the German martial arts community.  I will admit that in the crush of competing papers and presentations this topic, while... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Ma Liang’s 1923 Wushu Tournament and Charity Demonstration

  Introduction   The following research note is part of our ongoing series discussing the career and contribution of Ma Liang (187?-1947).  As I mentioned in the first essay, Ma can legitimately be considered a pioneering figure in the modernization... Continue Reading →

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