Considering context for the development of liberatory curricula in the martial arts.

Authors: Ayanda Masilela*,
Topics: Cultural Geography, Geography and Urban Health, Qualitative Methods
Keywords: community self defense, martial arts, pedagogy
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The martial arts world is perhaps best known for the bombast of combat sporting and spectacle of cinematics. However, most practitioners interface with the martial arts as a form of (serious) leisure, requiring many hours each month to excel in these embodied practices. Within these practice spaces, trainers and trainees exchange knowledges of health, cultural heritage, and experiential learning. This presentation explores early findings from a dissertation project that explores martial arts practice spaces as conduits for learning experiences and will examine several themes. This includes access to health and medical knowledge, exploration of cultural heritage, and the collision of leisure and community activism. Integral to the success of these endeavors is practitioners’ ongoing commitment to care for one-another. An environment of proactive, voluntary shared interest creates a unique context for experiential learning to take place.

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