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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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BARREIRA, Cristiano Roque Antunes  and  MASSIMI, Marina. The subtractive fight: the spirituality of the empty hands method as the north of the body philosophy in Karate-Do. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2008, vol.21, n.2, pp.283-292. ISSN 0102-7972.

Karate is a fight practice that does not make use of weapons. It is based on old traditions and its main aim is to develop a sense of personality in the practitioner. Karate originated from unique spiritual and psychological dynamics, which are of utmost importance for the full understanding of this practice. The objective of this research is to analyze karate-do by means of its spirituality. This is because, together with the fundamental texts about the recent tradition of this fight, spirituality is considered to be the essence present in all dimensions of the artistic expression of karate. To this end, the historiographical methodology of phenomenological perspective was employed in this study. Karate-do has the spirituality of the empty hands method as the north of its body philosophy. Themes with blurred borders are analyzed from this spiritual point of view herein. This dynamics includes the subtractive fight, aiming at the fluid and intuitive understanding of reality.

Keywords : Karate; spirituality; history of psychological ideas; body; sport.

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