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Doing Research (10): Trying to Think Inside the Box with Paul Bowman

    Introduction   Welcome to the tenth entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz (how to select a school or teacher for research purposes), the third by  Jared Miracle … Continue reading

Doing Research (8): Taking Seriously the Mundane, or How I Learned that a Choke is Never Just a Choke

  Introduction   Welcome to the eighth entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz (how to select a school or teacher for research purposes), the third by  Jared Miracle … Continue reading

Alex Gillis Talks about Tae Kwon Do, Controversy and Researching Martial Arts History

  Introduction     One of the first books that I reviewed on this blog was A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis.   To this day it remains one of my favorite discoveries and a revised and expanded edition has just been released.  With a background in investigative journalism … Continue reading

Capoeira and Silat: A Comparative Study of Fight Dancing in Brazil and Indonesia by Paul B. Mason

    Introduction   Greetings from the road!  I am currently undertaking some last minute preparations and then heading over to Cardiff University for the 2016 Martial Arts Studies Conference.  I am looking forward to getting together with old friends, making new ones and hearing some great papers.  I am also scheduled to deliver a … Continue reading

Doing Research (7): Dale C. Spencer on Observant Participation and Becoming a Mixed Martial Artist

  Introduction   Welcome to the seventh entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz (how to select a school or teacher for research purposes), the third by  Jared Miracle … Continue reading

Martial Arts History, Without Chronology

      Your mission, should choose to accept it…   Recently I have been invited to contribute chapters to a number of upcoming projects.  I am still attempting to decide what some of these should be, but in two cases the editors of the volumes in question have approached me with specific requests.  For … Continue reading

It is a bad idea to fall in love in a Kung Fu story. Honestly.

  Kung Fu and the Marriage Market Love and Kung Fu simply do not mix.  At least that is the strongly implied message to be found on the pages (and silver screens) of many traditional Chinese martial arts stories.  Things are different in the West.  In America audiences cheered when Daniel LaRusso walks away with … Continue reading

“What’s your style?” – Bringing the Training Hall to the Lecture Hall

      Introduction: “What’s your style?”   A couple of months ago a conversion emerged between a few of my colleagues which got me thinking about the effects of personal training on those who wish to write on martial arts studies. Simply broaching such a question tends to elicit a number of knee-jerk responses.  … Continue reading

Doing Research (4): I’m Only in It for the Stories

    Introduction   Welcome to the fourth entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz (how to select a school or teacher for research purposes), or the third by  … Continue reading

Doing Research (3): It’s My Way or the Wu Wei – A Note of Advice for Novice Field Researchers

  Introduction   Welcome to the third entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), or the second by Daniel Mroz (how to select a school or teacher for research purposes), be sure to check … Continue reading

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