Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Congress in Rio Maior: the particular example of martial arts tourism and scientific tourism

Background. Particular forms of non-entertainment tourism and cultural tourism include scientific and martial arts tourism. In this conference devoted to the theme of martial arts, there is a certain common range, because the objectives are complementary – in terms of scientific research, as well as martial arts studies.
The problem. From the perspective of concepts of scientific tourism and martial arts tourism the problem of the description of the next event (which should be evaluated) appears to be significant for both forms of tourism. It is both a description and an evaluation of the next conference, as well as a contribution to the history of the institutionalisation of research into martial arts and combat sports. The authors are looking for characteristics and criteria for the assessment of similar events. This is also a contribution to the state of knowledge on scientific/conference tourism.
Method. The first qualitative method is one case study research, including descriptive, interpretive and evaluative methods. The second is participant observation. The third is visual sociology (photos from the reviewed event).
Results and Conclusions. It was established that the congress discussed here represents a specific type of conference which allows for a gathering of martial arts and combat sports experts, but is based on strictly scientific debate. The Congress also had significant historical importance for the integration of the international society of researchers into the area of martial arts and combat sports.