When Prof. Pierluigi Aschieri (coach of the Italian Karate team) invited me to participate to an international conference titled Game, Drama, Ritual in Martial Arts and Combat Sports, honestly I didn’t know what to expect from this event.
Drama? – I asked myself – What has Drama to deal with our work? What is the relation between Ritual and biomechanical sports motion analysis?
But the 1st IMACSSS (International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society) conference completely surprised me: held in Genoa (or Genova, as we say here in Italy), on 8-10 June 2012, it embraced a wide range of cultural areas:
- Philosophical conceptions, general theories, terminology and systematics in Martial arts and Combat Sports (MA&CS);
- Pedagogy and didactic methodology in MA&CS;
- Kinesiological and physiological aspects of MA&CS;
- Technical and tactical issues in MA&CS;
- Psychological, artistic and spiritual dimensions of MA&CS;
- Historical and socio-cultural aspects of MA&CS.
With participants from all over the world, this conference was a great opportunity not only to show the results of our work, but also to start worthwhile discussions with researchers from different scientific fields.
The presentation I gave (check the slides below) summarizes a year and a half of research (in just 10 minutes), made in collaboration with Prof. Ettore Pennestrì, Prof. Pierluigi Aschieri and Prof. Pier Paolo Valentini. I apologize for the audio quality, but the wonderful Ducal Palace of Genoa was not designed according to the principles of acoustics.
During the reproduction of the presentation, you can click on the videos I projected to open them on Youtube and see the athletes of the Italian Karate team in action during the tests. You will find the same links to the videos on the slides below. If you want to see more videos recorded during the mocap sessions, check this playlist.