Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Taxonomy of combatives as it is seen from Tyrs tradition in the Czech Republic

The aim of this piece of work is presenting the nature of combatives taxonomy as it is seen from Tyrs tradition in the Czech Republic. Dr. Miroslav Tyrs was a co-founder of SOKOL movement and creator of extraordinary terminology of physical education which is still used in both of the Czech and Slovak Republic. In this article we described taxonomy of combatives. It comes out from Tyrs‘s work but it is builded according to today‘s combative realities. The systems of combatives derived from a hierarchy of three levels, preparatory combatives, combative sports, and self-defence, respectively. The three levels are relatively independent although there is some overlap between them. Taxonomy of combatives is valuable also as a didactics tool.