Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Author’s reflections on the subject of jujutsu and self-defence tourism

The problem of relations between tourism for professional and academic development in the field of martial arts and martial arts tourism was analysed from the perspective of sociology as well as theory of tourism and martial arts, as exemplified by documents and reports from numerous methodological and training seminars dating from 1995 to 2011 involving the clubs from the central and northern parts of Germany. The qualitative methods of participant observation, textual analysis, face-to-face interview were used, complemented by comparative analysis. The results of the studies reveal that training locations are not incidental. These are usually martial arts schools and organisations with a certain degree of institutional and organisational experience as well as highly skilled masters. Additional cultural and tourist events are organised for foreigners. Cultural tourism is a leisure time activity realised between training sessions.