Bianca Terracciano

Embodying the Form of Life: The Exemplariness of Karate-Do

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The starting point of this paper is the idea of karate as an exemplary form of life, in order to study its relationship with the form of body. To demonstrate this thesis, I will analyze the role of kata, that is the formal exercises of karate, aimed at developing rhythm and coordination through a series of techniques systematically organized, performed in a pre-established sequence. The kata is an imaginary fighting without an opponent, but it also functions as a text based on a system of beliefs, which serves to define the conditions of interpretation of the form of life and the conditions of circulation of its axiology.


  • Karate
  • Kata
  • Body
  • Space
  • Rhythm
  • Embodiment


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