An Aikidōka’s Contribution to the Teaching of Qualitative Inquiry

Document Type


Publication Date



embodiment, interaction, martial arts, methodology, qualitative inquiry, teaching, pedagogy


Teaching qualitative research methods on the one hand, and Martial Arts, on the other, seem to have only little in common: one is academic, and one is not; one is essentially somatic and kinesthetic, and the one is not. Yet during two decades of teaching and practicing both I repeatedly noticed a fruitful interaction between these ‘arts’, which I experienced as exciting embodied insights that shed light on both spheres. In this article I wish to ‘translate’ three concepts used in martial arts pedagogy, specifically in Aikidō, to the teaching of qualitative methods and methodology.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Noy, C. (2015). “An Aikidōka’s Contribution to the Teaching of Qualitative Inquiry.” Qualitative Research, 15(1): 4-12.