Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - The Japanese figthers are more skillful than their Chinese counterparts, or when the context is more important than the text

The present study proposes a reflection over different elements such as: politics, economy, military, society, culture etc. that condition the perception, introduction and acceptance of the martial arts in other cultures. Particularly and from an analysis of the Chinese and Japanese martial arts articles that were published in different Spanish illustrated magazines starting from 1899 to the beginning of the 20th century, this study will point out differences between the international success of Japan and its jujutsu when compared to the difficulties that China faced at that time and the lack of representation of its martial practices in such an international context.