Book abstract: This book is the first of its kind that relates specifically to the practical and theoretical aspects of martial arts in contemporary society. Within its covers are a collection of thirty-five cutting-edge chapters by leading practitioners and academics who raise questions and provide answers regarding the broad relationship between fighting and the intellectualisation of the sports that constitute the martial arts. In their writings they highlight the remarkable work being undertaken by coaches, practitioners and exponents of various martial arts and the benefits of martial arts to children and positive health of individuals in society. Individually, they clarify the meaning of their particular martial art and highlight some of the problems they have encountered throughout their career and in researching the area. However, this is a very positive book that is not just of an academic nature but a text that provides ideas and innovations that can be used by future researchers and aspirants and practitioners in the field.
|Title of host publication||Fighting: Intellectualising Combat Sports|
|Place of Publication||Champaign, IL|
|Publisher||Common Ground Research Networks|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Chaplin, D., & Harris, J. (2014). 'Pugilistic pasturing': volunteering in amateur boxing as missionary work. In K. Gilbert (Ed.), Fighting: Intellectualising Combat Sports Common Ground Research Networks.