Purpose or end in itself

Reflections on the educational intentions associated with martial arts

  • Juergen Funke-Wieneke
Keywords: motion dialogue, education, educational theory, ideology critique, interactionism, milieu education, therapy, martial arts


Those who practice martial arts do not become more violent, but more gentle, calm and learn to deal with their own violent emotions and attacks of others in a peaceful way. That is why learning to fight can be regarded as a preventive educational measure and used curatively as a therapeutic agent, especially for young perpetrators of violence. This widely held opinion from sports practice and sports science is examined here in terms of ideology critique and educational theory on the basis of available empirical results and practice reports. It is argued that the controversial views of pedagogical functionalism and pedagogical intentionalism should be removed from a milieu pedagogical, interactionist and movement dialogue perspective and that, last but not least, the exemplary person is of hardly to be overestimated importance in all approaches of this kind.

How to Cite
Funke-Wieneke, J. (2019). Purpose or end in itself. Journal of Martial Arts Research, 2(4), 13. https://doi.org/10.15495/ojs_25678221_24_121
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