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Martial arts in the pandemic

Meyer, Martin J., Molle, Andrea, Judkins, Benjamin N. and Bowman, Paul 2021. Martial arts in the pandemic. Martial Arts Studies (11) , pp. 7-31. 10.18573/mas.134

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Abstract

This study examines the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on martial arts training worldwide. A mixed-method online questionnaire consisting of 28 items was used as a survey instrument. 306 martial artists responded. These were mainly from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, Italy and Japan. The questionnaire focused on pragmatic adaptations of training volume, training rhythm, training location, training mode (individual or group) and training methods. The survey sought to gain insights into modifications that martial artists made as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in relation to their training, curriculum, alternative fitness, strength and health activities, as well as training goals. The results suggest that the training restrictions implemented by governments in order to try to combat the pandemic transformed the practice of martial arts on a massive and fundamental scale. Specifically, they led to two seemingly opposing developments: increasing digitisation and an increased focus on the importance of embodiment. The article concludes with a suggestion that these lines of development will mould the post-pandemic landscape of martial arts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Additional Information: The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2057-5696
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 25 June 2021
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2021 07:43
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/142649

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