American conceptualization of Asian martial arts : an interpretive analysis of the narrative of taekwondo participants

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Jin Bang Yang (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Sarah M. Robinson

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate American conceptualizations of Asian martial arts practice. The study collected American martial arts literature that were known as influential to the American martial arts community and analyzed them to grasp how American literature conceptualizes Asian martial arts practice in American society. On the other hand, the study collected narratives of American martial arts practitioners to investigate how ordinary American participants interpret martial arts practice in the contexts of their own social lives. The informants were selected from the population of over 3 5 year old adult male and female taekwondo black belts. Through the open-ended interview, narratives were collected from 18 informants (male: 9, female: 9). American martial arts literature conceptualized Asian martial arts as a spiritual discipline and rejected the practically oriented perspective of martial arts including the competitive and sport-oriented modem version of martial arts. American martial arts literature emphasized the value of the traditional Asian cultures of martial arts practice and viewed some Asian world views and philosophies as a significant part of the arts. American literature accepted Japanese perspectives of martial arts as the main referential framework and neglected to discuss other cultures of martial arts, particularly the Chinese and Korean resources.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Tae kwon do $z United States
Martial arts $z United States
Martial arts $x Sociological aspects

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