Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Relation between training experience and technical skills – and condition and selected personal features for persons training aikido

Introduction. Far-eastern martial arts are a part of global culture today and they are practiced for various purposes. The control over the training process should become a permanent element as well as it should influence health and fitness of the practicioners.
Material and methods. The research has been conducted of the sample group of 62 people training aikido. The training experience has been from 4 to 6 years, the degree of technical training from 4 to 1 cup. The research has been conducted by means of the diagnostic survey with the interview technique, the International Test of Physical Fitness (ITPF), and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised (EPQ-R).
Results. The results obtained from our research may indicate that systhematic extra-school clases, e.g. martial arts, contribute to significsnt improvement of trhe physical fitness in comparison to people who do not take up additional physical activity apart from the PE classes. Martial arts trainingdue to its special character i.e. aiming at perfection, being consistant and hard-working during trainings shapes proper attitudesand socially desired behaviour influencing in this way the structure of personality.
Conclusions. Systematic aikido training influenced the high level of general physical fitness as well as in case of particular motor features. Significant interdependiencies betweenthe level of general fitness and the number of years of the training experience as well as the level of technical training in case of subjects of research.