Ong Bak – An Autoethnograpic account

A Collection of Thoughts

With the ever increasing awareness of martial arts including Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), Hapkido, Taekwondo and many others I decided to focus this autoethnographic account on the martial arts film genre. Martial arts films generally fall into the action film category and usually contain one or more martial arts fights between characters. The first martial arts film which drew attention for the Western audience was ‘Enter the Dragon’ starring Bruce Lee.

A popular strain of Mixed Martial Arts is Thai Boxing or more commonly referred to as Muay Thai. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and was developed several hundreds of years ago as a form of close-combat that utilises the entire body as a weapon. Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs” because it utilises eight points of contact and the body mimics weapons of war. The…

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  1. As someone who didn’t realize just how many different types of martial arts there were, I found this blog particularly enlightening! The inclusion to live-feed your initial thoughts offers the reader an more immersive and in-depth perspective of your experience and was a clever feature to include. I hadn’t heard much of Denzin’s theories either, and I think his take on ethnography as the moral discourse of the contemporary world is extremely interesting, if a little-left field. It’s always good to have a source of comparison, but be careful to make sure you don’t just limit yourself to Chinese martial arts from the get go. There are a variety of other styles including Japanese fighting films that may be worth having a look at. Great article, good job!


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