Martial arts in area of mass culture – chosen examples of presence Wojciech J. Cynarski, Jan Słopecki Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts 2016; 7(1):1-5 ICID: 1196410
Article type: Original article
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Introduction. The theoretical perspective is taken here from the sociology of culture and anthropology of martial arts. The aim of this study is to describe and attempt to explain the manifestations of the phenomenon of martial arts in today’s global mass culture. Material and methods. Three complementary qualitative research methods were used: a long-term participant observation, content literature analysis, and analysis of the content of the mass communication. It was considered together broad thematic discourse of sources and studies. Results. The results are presented in five parts, corresponding to the areas of occurrence of martial arts in popular culture: 1) film, cinema, and TV; 2) fashion; 3) sports, games and cartoons; 4) magazines; 5) symbolism. It was found the image coarsening of martial arts in the media and fashion of Mixed Martial Arts – MMA. Conclusions. In the era of extreme commercialization of the most areas of human activity they have become popular martial arts – this form that well „sell” in the media. Hence MMA career – a brutal spectacle that has little to do with martial arts and this is hardly a sport. Moreover, with the dominance patterns of life „lightly, easy and fun,” and the pursuit of success, requiring many years of martial arts training are losing popularity. On the other hand, the pattern of warrior-hero is still popular.