NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “‘Forbidden knowledge’: Understanding martial arts” by Binoy V V, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


“‘Forbidden knowledge’: Understanding martial arts”



Binoy V V

Assistant Professor, School of Natural and Engineering Sciences, NIAS


Chairperson: Sangeetha Menon, Professor, School of Humanities, NIAS,            


3rd May, 2017, 9.30 am, Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract: Although evolved as a system to train warriors, martial arts are being practiced for mind-body harmony, self-defense, fitness etc. in the modern world. Being an important element of the intangible cultural heritage many nations are popularizing martial arts forms emerged in their society. However, due to the secretive nature of the training followed, until recent years, this knowledge system continues as an enigma for the layperson. Differing from the modern forms that are popular as sports items, traditional martial arts are convergence point of the knowledge from divergent fields such as human anatomy, medicine, psychology, philosophy etc. The present talk will introduce different components of the martial arts and illustrate the difference between traditional systems and modern sports versions, keeping various Asian martial arts as examples.

About the Speaker: Binoy is an Assistant Professor in the school of Natural and Engineering Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. His research focuses on the biological basis of social cognition in animals and human beings, science communication and biology education. He is also passionate about Yoga and Asian martial arts and has been a keen practitioner.


All are cordially invited

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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] and D. Suba Chandran [], Coordinators of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings, and NIAS Discussion Reports.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017