Historical Martial Arts’ Influence on Scientific Thought

By Ian Terry

Martial systems developed between 1000 AD and 1600 AD are a direct result of Aristotelian thought and helped to make the scientific classification methods into what they are today. This is a bold statement and would only be possible if martial systems- particularly sword combat systems- were important enough to the learned class and general population to create a bridge between the two classes of society. This topic will be explored in order to demonstrate a substantial link for martial systems to have an impact on society as a whole.