Does martial arts training have psychological benefits? The case for a strengths-based approach

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUNESCO ICM-UiTM International Seminar 2022: Youth Development Through Martial Arts
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventUNESCO ICM–UiTM International Seminar 2022 on Youth Development through Martial Arts - Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Duration: 15 Nov 202215 Nov 2022 (Facebook link to photos)


SeminarUNESCO ICM–UiTM International Seminar 2022 on Youth Development through Martial Arts
CitySelangor Darul Ehsan
OtherInternational Seminar 2022 on Youth Development through Martial Arts co-hosted by UNESCO ICM and UiTM(Universiti Teknologi MARA) was held on the 15th of November.

The seminar consisted of three sessions, ‘Academic Approaches to Youth Martial Arts Practice’, ‘Martial Arts Education – Experiences and Lessons from the Field’, and ‘Youth Martial Arts Education – Theory, Practice, and Way Forward’.

The first session discussed recent field research on the impact of martial arts on youth physical and psychological health and well being. Then speakers including the UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize laureates shared their field experience on Wushu and Judo programs aiming to empower socially vulnerable groups, such as women and people with disability.

The seminar concluded with participants of the Martial Arts Research Initiative for Experts presenting evaluation results on their national youth martial arts education programs and their martial arts education instruction plans.

Award ceremony for the 2022 UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize also took part during the seminar. Blanquerna, the sports sciences faculty of the Ramon Llull University in Spain was selected as the final winner for their contribution in adapted Judo program for youth with autism spectrum disorder.

UNESCO ICM Secretary General Mr. Changhyun Park emphasized, “In celebration of 2 years since the opening of ICM’s new building, ICM hopes this event, inviting martial arts experts from 10 countries allows meaningful discussion in discovering practical measures that connect martial arts theory with the field practices in martial arts education.”
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