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    martial arts and japan

    i've been wondering lately how the japanese view martial arts since alot of traditional martial arts come from there. to explain further, i once thought that all japanese people loved anime and it was part of their every day life, then i found out that anime in japan is like star trek in the west. wow.

    so does anyone know martial artists are percieved by the general populace of japan. do traditional martial arts such as karate looked at more negatively (made fun of) as in the west? etc etc.
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    Three of Japan's top sports are Judo, Sumo, and Kendo. Does that answer your question?
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    11/22/2007 1:43am


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    The answer is that most average people are not involved in, or interested in, martial arts. Certain arts like Judo or Kendo are things everyone has done at some point in school or whathaveyou, but most folks just live and go to work and don't have time for that stuff if they were interested.

    People who honestly excel are admired by folks (those kinds of folks) the same way they are elsewhere.

    People who use it as a role-play excuse for reality are considered oddballs and generally ignored.

    Reality-based fighting is and has been growing and growing in popularity, but its not like baseball or Sumo are in any danger of being forgotten.
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    to some Okinawan families, martial arts is viewed more like a family tradition. they practice an train to preserve and honor thier ancestors it goes along with thier native spiritual system "sosen su hai" which a form of ancestral honoring and worship.

    otherwise from that its like what rainy and wakinon explained
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    Martial Arts and [insert culture here]

    Depends on what you want to call a martial art. Martial arts are a part of any culture. Shooting a gun is a martial art. As simple as it gets, but it is something that you have to train in. Boxing is a martial art, and millions of people around the world watch boxing matches on a regular basis. The question of "is martial arts popular" in X culture is really a moot point, because some form of martial competition is popular in any culture.
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    My MIL is japanese and I've actually asked her this question in the past. She says that most of the population looks at people who train in martial arts the way we would look at Civil War reenactors. It's not so much of a positive vs negative viewpoint. They just think people who would spend that much time pursuing something like that are a bit perculiar.
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     Style: Karate, Judo

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    Dunno about martial art thingy, but the whole "anime is like star trek" I would assume to be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vorpal
    My MIL is japanese and I've actually asked her this question in the past. She says that most of the population looks at people who train in martial arts the way we would look at Civil War reenactors. It's not so much of a positive vs negative viewpoint. They just think people who would spend that much time pursuing something like that are a bit perculiar.

    Dunno about his either, but I'm sure this would NOT imply to kyokushin or judo. :]]
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    Dunno about his either, but I'm sure this would NOT imply to kyokushin or judo. :]]
    I'm sure most people look at kyokushin, judo and kendo just like we do boxing, fencing and wrestling. something they did in HS or College, and thats it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by urasj
    Dunno about martial art thingy, but the whole "anime is like star trek" I would assume to be wrong.

    it is.
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