Brian Kagen pick: “The Two Faces of Combatives,” by Hunter B. Armstrong

“From the hoplological perspective, we clearly distinguish two primary types of combative systems, (fighting arts). As raised several times over the years in HOPLOS, and most recently in Donn Draeger’s article, “Understanding East Asian Combative Culture,”1 martial and civil fighting are two areas of combative behavior that have evolved for different applications under stimulus from different combative contexts. More importantly, however, I intend to show that their distinctions are based in biological adaptations though certainly influenced by cultural mechanisms.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. bruce baker says:

    I can simplify this article.

    Are you using your natural animal instincts or are they taking control of you?

    Figure it out …

  2. Bruce, I would expand that slightly: which animal instincts are you using?

    (Worth reading, despite our abbreviations.)

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