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a significant and very innovative piece of work that is a must read for everyone interested in martial arts studies. Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge shows that traditional martial arts cannot be studied as static entities; the social, cultural and historical context needs to be taken into consideration this book provides insights for further work in several directions offers food for deep thought and adds substantially to our understanding of traditional Asian martial arts. idrottsforum.org
The book successfully demonstrates that martial arts and other traditional art forms are not static entities. Instead they respond to changing environments by a process of constant reinvention. Thomas A. Green, coeditor of Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation
Taken together, these essays give a new picture of Asian martial arts as a transnational phenomenon, ranging from Singapore s preservation of Chinese traditions to British adaptation of Indian martial arts for the stage and African usage of Okinawan traditions. Since martial arts are one of the most famous traditions to have originated in Asia, it is useful to see exactly how they are viewed or practiced around the world, from a scholarly perspective. Margaret B. Wan, author of Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel"

About the Author

D. S. Farrer is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Guam and the author of Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism.

John Whalen-Bridge is Associate Professor of English at the National University of Singapore and the editor of several books, including (with Gary Storhoff) American Buddhism as a Way of Life, also published by SUNY Press.

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