Abstract - A relationship between the fourth Rapid Deployment Brigade soldiers in the Army of the Czech Republic and combat sports or martial arts
Problem. To be ready for defending the country is one of the main goals of every national army. The aim of the paper is to find out what is the relationship of the fourth Rapid Deployment Brigade soldiers in the Army of the Czech Republic and combat sports or martial arts.
Method. 234 soldiers took part in the research by a short questionnaire. 33% of the fourth Rapid Deployment Brigade soldiers in the Army of the Czech Republic are doing combat sport, martial art or self-defence system in their civil sphere as well (mostly box, MMA, Thai box and others).
Results. Most of the tested persons agree that combat sports should be part of soldiers’ identity and they are familiar with the idea to add one more combative activity to their soldiers training. Those, who do some combat activity in their free time confirm, that the knowledge of combat activity helped them to do well the professional soldier training.
Conclusions. We can conclude, that soldiers of The Army of the Czech Republic are familiar with martial arts and combat sports and they would welcome more combative activities in their working time.