current issues

Journal of Martial Arts Research – Call for Papers Special Issue: „The Instruction of Martial Arts“

The planned special issue focuses on the instruction of Martial Arts via different avenues. Articles may deal with a variety of topics and phenomena that belong to the realm of martial arts:

  • How are martial arts instructed in different settings? Which (current) issues do instructors face? Which types of meaning and effects do contemporary types of instruction entail?

  • What exactly is imparted when teaching martial arts? Which kind of effect-centered assump- tions exist? How do different contexts of instruction vary in their content and design?

  • How is teaching martial arts represented in societal contexts? Which role does the teaching of martial skills in movies, games etc. play?

Please check the Call for Papers (PDF) below for further information. Contributions will be continuously published throughout the entire year 2024 in the special issue. Queries may be directed to We are looking forward to interesting articles and a joint perspective on the instruction of martial arts!

(Update: In an older version of the Call for Papers, the expected date for feedback on the acceptance/rejection of contributions was incorrect. Following the extended submission deadline, the expected date for feedback has been modified again.)

current issue

Preview: “Bewegungslernen vs. Kämpfenlernen – Die Vermittlung von Judo für den Wettkampf” by Johannes Karsch

(released soon)