• David Milter Andersen
4. term, Psychology, Master (Master Programme)
This study aims to shed light on the martial arts world as a phenomenon, as well as how martial arts affect one's level of aggression. I have had a great interest in watching martial arts as a spectator, but I have never practiced martial arts myself. It is a qualitative study in which interviews of three martial artists have been used as data collection. The whole approach to the study is based on the phenomenological-hermeneutic approaches, where the intention is to create a greater understanding of the martial arts world, but also to provide a breeding ground for a discussion about aggression and aggression therapy. Most significant theories of aggression, as well as some of the latest research in martial arts, have been included to answer my problem formulation. The result of my research is that it seems that there is an untapped potential in aggression regulation through martial arts. Several of the informants speak positively about the effects of martial arts, where they use words such as, strengthen self-esteem, self-confidence, self-control, and a general calmer in everyday life. They feel that they can transfer their skills to places other than the martial arts arenas, in a constructive and non-extroverted aggressive manner.
The study concludes with a theoretical and methodological discussion that helps to create more nuances in the assignment. There are also several perspective thoughts that may be the starting point for future research of e.g., MMA and aggression management. Suggestions are given as to what I think should be researched in the future, but also what the limitations of the task are. It's a small sample size I've used. At the same time, this is a qualitative study, and it also has some weaknesses. It is not easy to quantify the results, but I believe that with the support of the current research, my results can help to support the theory that not all aggression is bad and in fact it could be healthy for the individual to learn its own aggression potential. It will strengthen you in the future, as well as provide a greater understanding of who you really are as a person.
Publication date9 Aug 2021
Number of pages82
ID: 434590137