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Judkins, Benjamin N. and Bowman, Paul 2017. Editorial. Martial Arts Studies 3 , pp. 1-5. 10.18573/j.2017.10112

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What is the meaning of ‘forms’ practice within the traditional Asian martial arts? Were Bruce Lee’s movies actually ‘kung fu’ films? Was the famous Ali vs. Inoki fight a step on the pathway to MMA or a paradoxical failure to communicate? What pitfalls await the unwary as we rush to define key terms in a newly emerging, but still undertheorized, discipline? The rich and varied articles offered in Issue 3 of Martial Arts Studies pose these questions and many more. Taken as a set, they reflect the growing scholarly engagement between our field and a variety of theoretical and methodological traditions. Many monographs, academic articles, book chapters, conference papers and proceedings that have appeared over the last year have been forced to address the question that Paul Bowman raised in the very first issue of this journal in 2015: Is martial arts studies an academic field?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2057-5696
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 January 2017
Date of Acceptance: 30 January 2017
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 14:40

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