Introduction To Anthropology Research Paper

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B00753120 Maxim Gallant SOSA 1100Y T06 Research Assignment Introduction to Anthropology Space and Place: Bushido Kai Martial Arts Academy This is a space which I have been training in for about three years, originally as Wu Yung’s Tae Kwon Do, now as Bushido Kai Muay Thai and MXT BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). Located on Hood St. in the North End of Halifax this is a gym which see’s a wide spectrum of individuals from every social class and creed. At the entrance there is a short rug used for wiping off shoes which may be placed in a rack by the door, as well as hooks to hold coats. The first door is on the right hand side to the women’s change room, then the door to the instructors office, then on the right again is the male…show more content…
My research method was to enter the gym as always, and during classes or training sessions which I was not taking part in went on I recorded notes on my iPhone. I observed a two hour Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) class and a two hour Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. Each having for the most part their own separate seniors, respected instructors and student. My observations lead me to understand that martial arts are unique in the way that they dissolve pre-existing class structure within their own realm of practice. Lawyers, professors, cashiers, fighters, students, executives, etc (these are people I know and have discussed career and life outside of training with) enter a gym under the persona assigned to them by society but are stripped of this once training begins. I observe that within the martial arts community the social merit of ‘regular’ regular retract significantly…show more content…
A lineup of the students ranging from least to most experienced with the instructors either facing the students who are against the wall (in Jiu Jitsu) or at the head of two parallel lines of students who face each other (Muay Thai). I note that the instructor of the Muay Thai class encourages that fighters are at the head of the line up behind the coaches rather than just seniors. Each instructor gives a brief welcome and description of what to expect during the workout, and then in the traditional language of the style being practiced, commands the class to bow. I have noticed that there are far more beginners in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu than seniors, though in Muay Thai and Traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu there are more seniors than beginners, note that beginners may be younger or older than instructors, more or less wealthy, these merits or distinctions seem to not translate into the Martial Arts world where new merits and distinctions are valued. This is not unlike how the social merits of the Harlem “street culture” does not translate to the society of Americas working middle class as described in Bourgois’ “In Search of
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