Abstract

In this essay I consider the aesthetic merit of martial arts practice. I argue that the practice fosters kinesthetic appreciation, rich somaesthetic experiences of psycho-somatic integrity, and experiences of martial grace for martial artists. Further, I argue that a trained eye can appreciate variations in style, the expression of effortless technique, and the expression of embodied energy that more generally characterizes classical Chinese aesthetics. The essay is pertinent since it advances the field of somaesthetics and fosters discussions regarding the intersection of martial arts, sports, and dance.

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