Martin J. Meyer:
What is Martial Arts?
The Six-Attribute Model as an Empirical Approach
to Field Terminology
Verlag Heiko Bittmann 2020
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189 Seiten / DIN A5 / Paperback / 87 Abbildungen /
For a surprisingly
long time, the research field which is known today as Martial Arts
Studies has flown under the radar of Western sport sciences in
comparison to its bold representation in the media (mma, boxing,
As soon as various authors and martial artists started to get a general
idea of the whole spectrum of martial arts, the fundamental question
arose how to formulate the specific characteristics which encompass
martial arts all over the world. The problem arose how to merge
historically, culturally and linguistically different terminological
In this book, firstly the author outlines former attempts of defining
martial arts and highlights several core challenges which have hindered
to conceptualise martial arts definitions. Secondly, he sets up a new
scientific approach to the definition problem by combining empirical,
hermeneutical and phenomenological resources. Lastly, the author
develops an academically valuable definition model which constitutes a
framework of attributes to support researchers who proceed to classify
martial arts and similar phenomena.
Dr. Martin J. Meyer is a martial arts
researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Vechta, Germany. He
is a founding member of the ‘Commission for Martial Arts & Combat
Sports’ academic network for which he served from 2014-2016 as speaker.
Also, he is a founding member and editor of the ‘Journal of Martial
His research projects deal with interdisciplinary, especially
pedagogical, sociological and motivational aspects of martial arts. In
2017, he got a scholarship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of
Science to research with Professor Heiko Bittmann in Kanazawa, Japan.
His dissertation initiated the academic project 'Why Martial Arts',
whose substudies focus on the participation motives of martial artists.