Hoplology

Hop—what? “HOPLOLOGY.” It’s the behavioral science that examines how people fight. Learn all about it in this in-depth FREE GUIDE.

Hoplology:
Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight

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Dear Martial Artist,

Have you ever wondered if — beyond authoritative publications such as Black Belt magazine that cover martial arts — there was a scientific endeavor to study how humans fight?

Well, there is.

And it’s called hoplology.

Hoplology is the behavioral science that examines how people fight. This study includes weapons, strategies, psychology and emotionality — the entire spectrum of the conflict experience.

The term “hoplology” was first used by the explorer/adventurer/researcher Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821–1890) who was fascinated by the various fighting systems he encountered in his travels. He cataloged combative systems and noted their connective patterns.

Hoplology was later revived by Donn F. Drager (1922–1982). He also traveled extensively, investigating and documenting the fighting arts of the world. Eventually, he founded the International Hoplology Center (now the International Hoplology Society), which continues to investigate and classify fighting arts and weapons worldwide.

In this new FREE Guide from BlackBeltMag.com — Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight — longtime Black Belt contributor Dave Lowry delves into the history of hoplology and expounds on the findings of Burton and Draeger with a focus on martial arts and weapons.

Why Do People Fight? Hoplology Attempts to Find the Answers!

Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight

Obviously, people fight to protect themselves or those around them … for financial reward … or sometimes — particularly for those with psychological problems — to seek a sense of power from causing harm to others.

In Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight, go deeper beyond these surface explanations into the history of conflict and how technology and tactics have affected the development of warfare and weapons.

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How Would a Hoplologist (One Who Studies Hoplology) Look at Escrima, for Example?

Escrima includes extensive practice with either a single stick or a pair of sticks. Applying hoplology when looking at this art would most likely begin with an analysis of those weapons.

For example:

  • What are escrima sticks made of?
  • Why was that particular material chosen for making escrima sticks?
  • Are there other materials in the Philippines from which escrima sticks could be more effectively fashioned?
  • What are the construction characteristics of escrima sticks?
  • Based on these and other questions, who would be most likely to use escrima sticks?

In this FREE Guide — Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight — learn how the answers to such questions help catalog and classify martial arts around the world!

How Has World History Affected — and Been Affected by — the Development of Martial Arts Weapons?

Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight

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How Did the Size and Shape of Martial Arts Weapons Affect the Development of Various Defensive Styles in Different Parts of the World?

In this FREE Guide — Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight — learn the following:

  • how countries where swords were prevalent seemed to lack sophistication in countering knife attacks
  • how samurai armor played a role in the wielding of weapons such as knives and daggers
  • how historical events, culture, geography and military aspirations of surrounding peoples influenced which weapons sprang from various indigenous cultures

Where Does MMA Fit Into Modern Hoplology?

Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight

Because modern MMA has developed over the course of a few decades, the mixed martial arts are a fascinating area of study for contemporary hoplologists. In this FREE Guide — Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight — learn how the human body has been transformed into one of the most powerful weapons the world has ever seen!

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Train to better understand the tools for taking the actions you must,

Raymond