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Jun 24, 2017

In which we bring things to a close by considering the fall of the Butokukai, the spread of budo beyond Japan, the role of martial arts in the African-American community, the question of Olympic sport status, and the challenge of the UFC. It's gonna be a busy week.

Jun 17, 2017

This week: can a martial art be a philosophy of life? Can it rise to the level of a religion? 

Jun 10, 2017

This week: karate comes to mainland Japan (and gets a rebrand in the process), and the Butokukai's attempts to militarize the martial arts backfire when the Americans come to town.

Jun 3, 2017

This week: the rise of judo and of the modern budo, and karate strikes back!