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Family Development and the Martial Arts: A Phenomenological Study


This article outlines the results of a grounded-theory, phenomenological study about the impact of the martial arts on the process of family development. Thirty-two couples and families with at least four months of martial arts study experience were interviewed to identify data and data themes about how the martial arts enhanced family development. Themes identified were self-defense, self-confidence, physical vitality, concentration, respect, friendship, moral development, spirit, training for life, grades, respect for life, and the importance of the martial arts instructor.

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Lantz, J. Family Development and the Martial Arts: A Phenomenological Study. Contemporary Family Therapy 24, 565–580 (2002).

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  • phenomenology
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Karate
  • Judo
  • Aikido
  • Kung Fu
  • family development and inductive grounded theory research