Welcome to the Martial Arts Studies Research Network

The Martial Arts Studies Research Network is an AHRC-funded research network directed by Professor Paul Bowman in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK.

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Professor DS Farrer, presenting his keynote at our 2015 Conference


The primary objective of the Martial Arts Studies Research Network is to connect up disconnected disciplinary and cultural discourses on martial arts by fostering dialogue through cross-disciplinary events. In connecting and engaging diverse researchers, the network will develop knowledge of the significance and impact of martial arts in the contemporary world and set the agenda for future research in the interlocking multidisciplinary fields around them.


The first event was the 2015 Martial Arts Studies Conference which took place from 10-12 June at Cardiff University. The second international Martial Arts Studies Conference took place from 19-21 July 2016, again in Cardiff University.

A diverse range of events is now taking place at various locations across the UK. See our Events Page for information and updates.


2 thoughts on “Home

  1. I came across your article on the ‘Rum Soaked Fist’ site. I am interested in your project and might be able to contribute. I live in London at the moment but will move to the SE Coast sometime
    next year.
    I have practiced MA since 1965 and have written articles and a book on CMA
    My approach is that of an Engineer, investigating the physics and mechanics of IMA, in particular Hsing Yi


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