chapter  8
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Spirituality and martial arts

‘Fitting’ in the life-world
ByJonathan Tuckett

This chapter explores the martial arts of Kendo and Taekwondo as forms of naturalisation. Following philosophical phenomenology, naturalisation involves giving the person the means to ‘fit’ into their life-world – thereby easing basic existential worries such as the fear of death. I suggest that ‘religion’ and ‘nationalism’ are ways of categorising non-dominant and dominant modes of naturalisation. In turn, I look at how Kendo can be conceive as a ‘nationalistic’ mode of naturalisation and second at how Taekwondo can be conceived as a ‘religious’ mode of naturalisation. In conclusion I make some comments on how these modes of naturalisation interact with more traditionally conceived “religious” modes like Christianity.