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Martial Arts in the Modern World

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ISBN-10: 0275981533

ISBN-13: 9780275981532

Edition: 2003

Authors: Thomas A. Green, Joseph R. Svinth

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Martial arts, once restricted to a few specific locations and practiced by small groups of devotees, have truly spread throughout the world. The plethora of tae kwando and karate dojos in U.S. shopping malls attests to the popularity of various kinds of martial arts in this country. Though generally perceived and advertised as means of self-defense, body sculpting, and self-discipline, martial arts are actually social tools that respond to altered physical, social, and psychological environments. This book examines how practitioners have responded to stimuli such as feminism, globalism, imperialism, militarism, nationalism, slavery, and the commercialization of sport. In a series of chapters devoted to Asian, African, and European systems of the late 19th to early 21st centuries, the authors examine the forces and philosophies that shaped fighting arts in diverse cultural settings. Because of political, social, and economic factors, this period witnessed the spread of martial arts to areas outside of their original contexts. Some of these arts flourished in their new environments, but others did not. The authors demonstrate that martial arts are not the conservative strongholds of tradition posited by conventional wisdom, but are instead responsive and mutable barometers of change. This book is essential for students of multicultural dialogues and devotees of martial arts performance and practice.
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 11/30/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Martial Arts in the Modern World: Introduction
A Note on Romanization
Sense in Nonsense: The Role of Folk History in the Martial Arts
The Martial Arts in Chinese Physical Culture, 1865-1965
The Spirit of Manliness: Boxing in Imperial Japan, 1868-1945
Professor Yamashita Goes to Washington
The Circle and the Octagon: Maeda's Judo and Gracie's Jiu-Jitsu
The Myth of Zen in the Art of Archery
"The Lion of the Punjab": Gama in England, 1910
The Little Dragon: Bruce Lee (1940-1973)
Surviving the Middle Passage: Traditional African Martial Arts in the Americas
Kendo in North America, 1885-1955
Olympic Games and Japan
Origins of the British Judo Association, the European Judo Union, and the International Judo Federation
The Evolution of Taekwondo from Japanese Karate
Women's Boxing and Related Activities: Introducing Images and Meanings
Freeing the Afrikan Mind: The Role of Martial Arts in Contemporary African American Cultural Nationalism
Action Design: New Directions in Fight Choreography
Martial Arts Meet the New Age: Combatives in the Early Twenty-first-Century American Military
Epilogue: Where We Go from Here
Definitions of Terms
About the Editors and Contributors