The First International Hoplological Conference

The conference was held in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on 20 & 21 July, 1996. It was organized jointly by the IHS and a small group of long-term residents of Japan. The Organizing Committee consisted of Hunter Armstrong, Liam Keeley, Diane Skoss, and Meik Skoss.

The theme of the conference was “Work in Progress,” with the object of bringing researchers together and to develop an awareness of what others in the field were doing. There were ten presenters at the conference, and two papers were received that were read in absentia. The twelve presentations, in the order they were given, are as follows:

  1. “The Chigiriki” – Ellis Amdur (read by Diane Skoss)
  2. “Early Books in Japanese On Karate” – Mitchell Ninomiya
  3. Kangeiko (Intensive, Cold Weather Training)” – Ron Beaubien
  4. “The Deity Marishiten” – David Hall (read by Hunter Armstrong)
  5. “A Hoplological Look At Apache Warfare: Affective & Predatory” – Hunter Armstrong
  6. “Physical And Mental Conditioning For Combat In The Sengoku Jidai” – Antony Cundy
  7. “The Classification of Filipino Martial Arts” – Mark Wiley
  8. “Martial Arts Research On The Internet” – Diane Skoss
  9. “Problems In Translating Japanese Martial Terms” – Derek Steel
  10. “The Role Of Kata In the Japanese Martial Arts” – Meik Skoss
  11. “Getting Your Martial Arts Manuscript Published” – Alexander Kask
  12. “Martial Arts In Four Social Contexts” – Liam Keeley

From Hop-lite, No. 1 (Spring 1997), pp.  2-3.


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