Donn Draeger can easily be considered as the “father of Asian martial arts research” in the West since he conducted pioneering research in the field and was one of the highest ranking black belts in a number of Japanese combative arts. As a scholar, he became involved in a Japanese research society for martial arts, and built upon it.
SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 5 No. 1 (1996): 8 pages.