Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - 30 years of aikibudo in Poland (1987-2017). An example of the process of institutionalisation in martial arts

Background. The scientific framework is provided by the sociology and anthropology of martial arts, and by the Humanistic Theory of Martial Arts. The process should be viewed holistically, through the dimensions of time and context and the process of creation.
Problem. The author describes the aikibudo discipline in Poland and sets out its short history over the last 30 years. He also considers what have been the dominant institutional changes.
Method. The main methods are: sources analysis (documents and newspapers), and content analysis of scientific literature – a broad discourse.
Results and Conclusions. Aikibudo in the CERA and FIAB versions, under the patronage of hanshi Alain Floquet, has been taught in Poland for 30 years. Some instructors have played the role of pioneers, others continue their work. Some practitioners from the 1990s are today practising other, related martial arts. Sensei Stanislaw Cynarski has achieved the hanshi title in aiki-jujutsu. The teaching of GM Floquet is continued by sensei Salapski. In Poland, it is still more of an elite than a popular martial art.