BUDO-lab’s mission is to establish a permanent research center and offer our students, staff, and faculty excellence in training, learning, and socio-scientific research in the field of Hoplology and Martial Arts Studies. Our research agenda focuses on the study of those traits in human culture that are concerned with combative enhancers and fighting systems (i.e. martial arts), with respect to the ways in which they interact with the individual, the body, and the economic, political, social and religious institutions of human societies.
BUDO-lab conducts scholarly level research on martial arts training and combative behavior (hoplology), and focus on understanding Martial Arts practice. Through BUDO-lab, Chapman University will be amongst the very few universities worldwide to explore such an interdisciplinary research cluster. While Martial Arts Studies is developed as an academic field in other parts of the world, BUDO-lab is the very first center in the United States to specifically focus on examining the role of both combative behavior and martial arts in modern societies.
BUDO-lab explores four aspects of the martial arts and combative behavior:
- Historical and spiritual/religious milieu.
- Cultural, linguistic and philosophical connections with disciplinary regimes of the body.
- Socio-anthropological dimensions and their impact upon groups and individuals.
- Training in the martial arts and its impact on humanities and creative industries.
BUDO-lab is officially partners with the following Institutions:
- University of Bridgeport (CT): they offer the first only BA in Martial Arts Studies
- The Martial Arts Study Research Network: housed at the University of Cardiff and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)
- The Japanese Academy of Budo (http://www.budo.ac/index_En.html)