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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 9 – Bushido as Japanese Spirit

  Introduction Welcome to week nine of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: The Katana Invades America

    Why is the Katana more popular than the Jian A good friend recently sent me a link for a YouTube video asking why Chinese swords are not as well known in Western popular culture as their Japanese counterparts. ... Continue Reading →

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Anti-Witch: Martial Arts as Therapy

    D. S. Farrer. 2019. “Brazilian jiu-jitsu is therapy: Shifting subjectivities on Guam.” ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA (ERQ). No. 3. 407-428.   Introduction Donn F. Draeger’s made no secret of his love for the real “battlefield” martial arts, both... Continue Reading →

Star Wars: An American Martial Arts Film Franchise?

  ***Like many of you I am spending the evening watching the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise (and therefore not blogging).  So it seems only fitting to dip into the archives and take another look at a post... Continue Reading →

Research Note: When Martial Arts Divided Us

  Introduction It seems to be taken as an article of faith in much of the popular writing on the martial arts that these hand combat systems provide not only an avenue for self-actualization, but also the ability to bridge... Continue Reading →

Spirituality in the Traditional Martial Arts – Between History and Theory

  “There is a problem with the study of martial arts similar to that identified by Markus Davidson in the case of “spiritual studies”: many of the scholars involved in the topic are themselves practitioners and their work betrays a... Continue Reading →

Debating Rules and Standards in the Martial Arts

  Why do the rules matter? Recently I was invited to help organize a local martial arts gathering and tournament.  I have never done anything like this before (most of my organizational expertise is concentrated in the academic realm) but... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage and Travel in Martial Arts Training

Bear up under days of cold and heat, withstand exposure to wind, rain, sleet. Walk mountains and difficult paths. Do not sleep under a roof; consider it fundamental to sleep out in the open. Be patient with hunger and cold.... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: The Chinese and Japanese Martial Arts as Seen on Western Newsreels

    ***Greetings!  I have spent the last week putting the finishing touches on my keynote for the (fast approaching) 2019 Martial Arts Studies conference in Los Angeles.  In fact, I just finished my slides a few minutes ago.  ... Continue Reading →

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