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Sixt Wetzler

Deconstructing Martial Arts, Constructing Martial Arts Studies

    ***The following guest post has been generously provided by Paul Bowman.  It is significant in a number of respects, providing us with both a summery and commentary on the ongoing debate over the definition of "martial arts."  Bowman... Continue Reading →

A Kung Fu Pilgrim: Travel, Community and the Production of Knowledge

  The Pilgrim’s Progress Observers have noted that while the meaning and object of worship varies, the pattern is universal.  I cannot help but agree as I contemplate the events of the last month.  First there was the ritual separation... Continue Reading →

Looking Forward and Looking Back: The 2017 Martial Arts Studies Conference

    Conference Report   I recently had the chance to attend (and deliver a keynote at) the 3rd Annual Martial Arts Studies conference, held at the Cardiff University.  Having also attended the 2015 and 2016 conferences I can state... Continue Reading →

Chinese and European Fight Books: The Value of a Comparative Approach

    Introduction   The Acta Periodica Duellatorum, an academic journal dedicated to the study of the Western martial arts (edited by Daniel Jaquet), has just released it latest issue.  At least two of these articles will be of interest... Continue Reading →

How (not) to categorise martial arts: A discussion and example from gender studies

  ***Over the last couple of years a discussion has emerged within the literature on how scholars should define and classify the martial arts, and whether such efforts are even a good idea.  Alex Channon, a Senior Lecturer in Physical... Continue Reading →

Five Social Dimensions of Lightsaber Combat as a Martial Art (Episode II)

***This is the second half of our exploration of lightsaber combat as a martial art.  Reader who have not yet read Part I are strongly encouraged to do so before going on. In the last essay we considering some of... Continue Reading →

What are “martial arts,” and why does knowing matter?

Introduction “Martial arts studies” is an eponymously named research area. This fact seems so obvious as to require no further exploration. But is it really so? Why does no one write about “professional combat sports studies,” “kung fu studies,” “Budo... Continue Reading →

After Action Report on the First Annual Martial Arts Studies Conference

  Introduction: Pilgrimage in the Martial Arts   My friends can attest that I keep threatening to write a paper on the growth of “pilgrimage” in the modern martial arts community. In the current era this often takes the form... Continue Reading →

The Development and Current State of Martial Arts Studies in Germany

The following is guest post by Sixt Wetzler, dvs-Kommission Kampfkunst & Kampfsport (sixt.wetzler@gmail.com).  While Martial Arts Studies is, by its very nature, an international and interdisciplinary subject, we generally see relatively little discussion of the scholarship that is happening in... Continue Reading →

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