Radical Pedagogy

 

Radical Pedagogy (2017)

Volume 14 Number 1

ISSN: 1524-6345





Critical Thinking, Pedagogy, and Jiu Jitsu: Wedding Physical Resistance to Critical Thinking



Peter Boghossian

Philosophy Department

Portland State University, USA

E-mail:  pgb@pdx.edu


Allison White

Philosophy Department

Portland State University, USA

E-mail: alwhite@pdx.edu


Dustin Sanow

Philosophy Department

Portland State University, USA

E-mail: dsanow@pdx.edu


Travis Elder

Philosophy Department

Portland State University, USA

E-mail: etravis@pdx.edu


James Funston

Philosophy Department

Portland State University, USA

E-mail: jfunston@pdx.edu





Abstract

This paper argues that training methodologies similar to those used in Brazilian jiu jitsu and other realistic combat arts like Western boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and college wrestling should constitute a pedagogical core of college critical thinking courses. To make this argument, first, we briefly define and explain “critical thinking” using the American Philosophical Association’s Delphi Report; second, we describe traditional content taught in nearly all undergraduate critical thinking classes and explain why this content may not achieve its epistemological and educational ambitions; third, we discuss the pedagogy, termed “aliveness,” used in jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts training; and finally, we detail how to thematically incorporate pedagogical aspects of aliveness into critical thinking classes through the use of the “I Method” (Introduction, Isolation, Integration).

Keywords: pedagogy, critical thinking, American Philosophical Association

                  Delphi Report, aliveness, attitudinal disposition, MMA, jiu jitsu