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 of skilled performance and learning.

The paper is publicly available at

Figure: Informational complexity increases together with the level of interaction to which the combat task is constrained. Taken from Krabben, K., Orth, D. & van der Kamp, J. Sports Med (2019).