|（School of Physical Education，Shandong University of Finance，Jinan 250014，China）
Abstract: Based on Locke's empiricist philosophy, the authors carried out necessary exploration on the origin of and approaches for folk sport cognition as well as their mutual relations, i.e. studied the two most important ap-proaches in the process of folk sport cognition: perception and retrospection. By performing a comparative analysis on the simple and complex concepts of folk sport as well as its first and second properties, the authors further stud-ied the relations between them: identity and discrepancy, interrelationship, coexistence, realistic existence, so as to promote the understanding of folk sport cognition, so that folk sport can be protected and inherited more effectively.
Key words: folk sports；experience in philosophy；Locke