I think starting with a rough overview will give us an idea of what needs to be researched and developed upon. A paragraph that answers a frequently asked question ends in a link to an article on the subject that has more detail.
Originally Posted by miguksaram
Well, knowing my stupid ass, I'll probably end up trying it at some point just to say I did. Whatever.
Originally Posted by miguksaram
Originally Posted by Matt Bernius
I noted your post with interest. Here are a few references that I have drawn on recently, which discuss things like: budo and bushido, the relationship between national identity and the martial arts, and issues surrounding the movement of budo to the West (mostly with a Japanese emphasis). From memory, the Tan and Chan articles make interesting complementary points. Hope this is useful.
G. Cameron Hurst III, ‘Death, Honour and Loyalty: The Bushido Ideal’, Philosophy East and West 40 4 (1990): 511-527.
Keven S.Y. Tan, ‘Constructing a Martial Tradition: Rethinking a Popular History of Karate-Dou’, Journal of Sport & Social Issues 28 2 (2004): 169-192.
Inoue Shun, ‘The Invention of the Martial Arts: Kano Jigoro and Kodokan Judo’, in Mirror of Modernity: Invented Traditions of Modern Japan, ed. Stephen Vlastos (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998), pp.163-173; John J. Donohue, Warrior Dreams: The Martial Arts and the American Imagination (Westport: Bergin and Garvey, 1994).
Karl Friday with Seki Humitake, Legacies of the Sword: The Kashima-Shinru and Samurai Martial Culture (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997).
Stephen Chan, ‘The Construction and Export of Culture as Artefact: The Case of Japanese Martial Arts’, Body and Society 6 1 (2000).
let me introduce as another wanna-be MA scientist. I am practicing martial arts for more than 16 years, but it was not before last year that my interest in the historical questions awoke. So I spent most of my leisure time last year to study the History of martial arts, especially of Korean MA, since I'm living and working in Korea for nearly 4 years now.
As with the other Mr. Ausländer here, I found this forum when I searched for different historical online information. Since then I studied the history project section very often and am very thankful for miguk for a lot of insight I gained.
This year I grabbed the opportunity to sign myself into the graduate programme at the Korean National Sport University where I now officially study the history of sport in general, with my special interest still focused on (not only Korean) martial arts. I hope that I can give something of that back what I received.
Right now I have to specify my dissertation project. I am thinking about some research about the question if sport in general (and combat sport especially) was historically developed for the means of war, i.e. to train soldiers more effectively (as it is claimed e.g. by Michael Poliakoff, "Combat Sports in the Ancient World"), or if it emerged in times of (relative) peace (where you have some leisure time) and serve to stabilize that peace. For this I am actually looking for references, both for the sports development in Europe and in (Eastern) Asia. If you know of some ass-kicking references, please let me know.
See you later
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