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!