Korean Martial Arts Studies


The Korean Institute for Martial Arts and The Center for Korean Studies of Leiden University present a unique academic approach to Korean Martial Arts Studies in the form of a distance learning course.


Korea’s rich tradition in martial arts studies was in decline during the early 20th century and has never fully recovered. In the meantime, modern Korean martial arts were being exported since the 1950’s and rapidly became popular all over the world. Many of these lack the foundation of consistent theoretical studies. Consequently, each style of modern Korean martial art developed its own take on Korean martial arts history and Korean history as a whole.




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