1st Edition

Martial Arts and Well-being Connecting communities and promoting health

By Carol Fuller, Viki Lloyd Copyright 2020
    130 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    130 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Martial Arts and Well-Being explores how martial arts as a source of learning can contribute in important ways to health and well-being, as well as provide other broader social benefits. Using psychological and sociological theory related to behaviour, ritual, perception and reality construction, the book seeks to illustrate, with empirical data, how individuals make sense of and perceive the value of martial arts in their lives.

    This book draws on data from over 500 people, across all age ranges, and powerfully demonstrates that participating in martial arts can have a profound influence on the construction of behaviour patterns that are directly linked to lifestyle and health. Making individual connections regarding the benefits of practice, improvements to health and well-being – regardless of whether these improvements are ‘true’ in a medical sense – this book offers an important and original window into the importance of beliefs to health and well-being as well as the value of thinking about education as a process of life-long learning.

    This book will be of great interest to a range of audiences, including researchers, academics and postgraduate students interested in sports and exercise psychology, martial art studies and health and well-being. It should also be of interest to sociologists, social workers and martial arts practitioners.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/doi/view/10.4324/9781315448084, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Chapter 1 - Introduction

    Scope of the research and structure of the book

    Part 2


    Research Design

    Data Collection




    Data analysis



    Chapter 2 – Theories of behaviour and reality construction-their value in understanding health and well-being

    Exploring individual attitudes and behaviour


    Social cognitive theory

    Self-efficacy and human health and well-being

    Society and behaviour

    Culture and group behaviour

    Martial arts, health and well-being

    Eastern philosophy and its relevance to martial arts

    Chapter summary

    Chapter 3 –Teachers of martial arts



    Motivations for taking up a martial art





    Health and health awareness





    Challenges to teaching martial arts

    Value of teaching

    Access to martial Arts

    Chapter summary

    Chapter 4 – Health and physical well-being and the teaching and learning of martial arts



    Motivations for taking up a martial art


    General physical well-being

    Support for health: awareness and benefits

    Health Awareness

    Health Benefits

    Teaching and Learning

    Learning and the martial arts teacher

    Qualities in the teacher

    Challenges to learning

    Being a martial artist

    Chapter summary

    Chapter 5 – Well-Being


    Sample *

    Martial arts and well-being

    Well-being and confidence


    Social *

    Management of stress and the link to health and well-being

    Chapter summary

    Chapter 6 – Connecting communities and promoting health

    Chapter 7 – Conclusion



    Carol Fuller is a professor of education and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, Reading, UK.

    Viki Lloyd is the director of the Reading Acupuncture Clinic and the lead instructor of Sei Shin Kan School of Karate and Reading Chenjiagou Taijiquan GB, Reading, UK.