We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers focused on understanding how individuals become skillful in combat sports and activities. In doing so, we study beginners, intermediates and experts from a range experimental approaches, dealing with questions such as, how is skill defined and measured in combat sports? How does an individual successfully strike or throw an opponent? How does training influence skill?

Research team

Prof. Dr. Geert Savelsbergh
Full professor in motor learning and performance


Dr. John van der Kamp
Associate professor and lecturer in perceptual motor learning


Dr. Dominic Orth
Lecturer on motor learning and control

twitter: @DominicOrth

Kai Krabben Msc.
PhD student working on classification in Paralympic judo
Talent coach at Dutch Judo Federation