New position stand out on combat sports from an ecological dynamics perspective

The Amsterdam Combat Lab recently published a position stand on combat sports research in the journal Sports Medicine. In this paper, we aim to understand combat sports from an ecological dynamics perspective. Our central claim is that combat sports research often limits the interactive aspect of combat, which we consider to be at the heart … Continue reading New position stand out on combat sports from an ecological dynamics perspective

Invited seminar on Talent ID in Combat Sports by Alexandra Roberts

On Monday 20th of November the Amsterdam Combat Lab hosts an invited seminar by Alexandra Roberts, PhD candidate with the Australian Institute of Sports and Edith Cowen University. Alex’s PhD research is aiming to better understand how coaches use their experiential knowledge to identify talent within combat sports. Over the last months, Alex has interviewed 24 international level … Continue reading Invited seminar on Talent ID in Combat Sports by Alexandra Roberts

Lit search shows exponential growth of combat sports publications

To assess the current body of knowledge on combat sports, the Amsterdam Combat Lab recently conducted a literature search on this topic within the Web of Science database. We searched for all English articles published since 1980, which contained a references to either specific combat sports or combat sports in general within the article title. … Continue reading Lit search shows exponential growth of combat sports publications

Effect of manipulating equipment constraints on creativity

Supervisors: Dominic Orth & John van der Kamp Key words: motor creativity, functional movement variability, combat sports, exploration, motor skill Place: VU Introduction Developing new and effective skills (otherwise referred to as motor creativity) is a fundamental capability of the human movement system. Not only do creative motor actions help elite athletes outperform their competition, … Continue reading Effect of manipulating equipment constraints on creativity

Inclusion criteria for Paralympic judo

Supervisors: Kai Krabben & David Mann Keywords:  judo, Paralympics, sport, vision. Place: VU Description Judo is one of the most popular Paralympic sports for athletes with vision impairment (VI). The rules for VI judo are adapted from the able-sighted form of the sport, in order to better suit those with vision impairment. Able-sighted judokas start … Continue reading Inclusion criteria for Paralympic judo

New publication: “Fight without sight: The contribution of vision to judo performance”

In Paralympic judo, athletes with different degrees of vision impairment (VI) compete together based on the assumption that vision does not influence judo performance, as long as judokas start the match with their grip in place. We set out to test this assumption and found that (1) blind judokas perform worse in competition than their … Continue reading New publication: “Fight without sight: The contribution of vision to judo performance”

Effects of skill on motor creativity in striking tasks

Introduction When hitting forcefully with the hands or feet, optimal performance involves adapting to changes in conditions. For instance, when modifying the distance between the individual and target (or opponent), maintaining performance (e.g., high impact force) requires variability in the movements supporting a given technique [1, 2]. Additionally, the capability to appropriately change which technique … Continue reading Effects of skill on motor creativity in striking tasks

Nonlinear teaching of combat technique

Introduction Nonlinear pedagogy emphasizes that learning should be situated in real-game contexts, in order to acquire functional information-action couplings [1]. However the majority of combat sports related teaching programs remain linear in nature. In judo for instance, a common belief among high coaches is that a technique should be thoroughly drilled, before it can be applied … Continue reading Nonlinear teaching of combat technique

Evidence-based classification of vision impairment in Paralympic judo

Introduction To compete in Paralympic sports, all athletes must undergo classification to determine whether they are eligible to compete and to allocate eligible athletes to different sport classes. Judo is one of the most popular Paralympic sports for athletes with vision impairment (VI), with partially sighted and blind judokas competing against each other within the … Continue reading Evidence-based classification of vision impairment in Paralympic judo

Disentangling duelling judoka: Automated combat performance analysis

Introduction Knowing an opponent’s strengths (and weaknesses) can make the difference between winning and losing in sport, but obtaining this knowledge is typically very expensive and time-consuming. In combat sports, performance analysts are still required to watch and code video footage of opponents manually in order to identify the actions performed by each player. Given the … Continue reading Disentangling duelling judoka: Automated combat performance analysis