Title

Martial Arts in the Pacific Northwest After World War Two: How Martial Arts Instruction Changed, and How Communities Benefitted

Presenter Information

Carlos Pelley

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Martial arts in the Pacific Northwest changed greatly after World War II. They became more formalized and competitive, and Americans transformed the martial arts into a way to make a living, and ultimately a path to fame. This paper focuses on how the growth, spread, and popularization of the martial arts in the Pacific Northwest went hand-in-hand with the ability to commercialize lessons. Two interviews, and one book, and newspaper articles, from various martial arts masters in the Pacific Northwest including Sensei Terou Chinen, Sensei Walter Todd, and Bruce Lee serve as resources. The paper also discusses how martial arts led to greater acceptance of Asian culture, and how the public’s respect of the martial arts facilitated a reputation conducive to developing reliable businesses.

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Brian Carroll

Additional Mentoring Department

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Martial Arts in the Pacific Northwest After World War Two: How Martial Arts Instruction Changed, and How Communities Benefitted

SURC 271

Martial arts in the Pacific Northwest changed greatly after World War II. They became more formalized and competitive, and Americans transformed the martial arts into a way to make a living, and ultimately a path to fame. This paper focuses on how the growth, spread, and popularization of the martial arts in the Pacific Northwest went hand-in-hand with the ability to commercialize lessons. Two interviews, and one book, and newspaper articles, from various martial arts masters in the Pacific Northwest including Sensei Terou Chinen, Sensei Walter Todd, and Bruce Lee serve as resources. The paper also discusses how martial arts led to greater acceptance of Asian culture, and how the public’s respect of the martial arts facilitated a reputation conducive to developing reliable businesses.