About the Journal

The International Martial Arts Journal focuses on dynamic academic activities by contributing to providing the right directions for martial arts academics through introducing the recent trends in martial arts and facilitate communication between the scholars. Various academic attempts are being made to examine the principles and actuality of martial arts and the expansion of knowledge and sociocultural applicability are being studied as well.
Also, it intends to expand the academic exchanges in Asia and Northeast Asia and establish international society of academic networks.
And the topics, status, and trends in martial arts studies are shared and academic development of martial arts and sports is taking place from diverse perspectives. It serves to lead the popularization and internalization of martial arts.
In order to achieve the direction and mission of International Martial Arts Journal, following objectives are set to conduct various studies.
First, we contribute to development of martial arts studies by expanding and cultivating professional academic activities through international academic exchanges. Also, we will expand the focus on recent research trends while greatly contributing to academic advancement of martial arts in East Asia.
Second, for development of martial arts, we correspond to the periodic environment and lead the creation of agendas concerning martial arts policies.
Third, we not only observe, explain and forecast scientific aspects regarding martial arts but also conduct theoretical and practical studies on martial arts.
Fourth, we analyze diverse risk factors when practicing martial arts and propose systems and countermeasures to ensure safety.
Fifth, we share and distribute the results of martial arts studies in Asia as well as other areas of the world.

Academic Area & Scope

Area 1 Sport Science
Area 2 Multidisciplinary Science
Area 3 Social Science, Interdisciplinaty

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  • Purpose: The purpose of this study is to provide basic data for technical performance by analyzing and presenting differences in major kinematic factors in the take-off and flying phase and finally hitting phase with the national and non-national male demonstration team members as subjects. Method: The subjects of this study were six members of the national team and six members of the non-national team with more than three years of experience in the demonstration. Prior to the experiment, consent was obtained from each subject, and the Kinematic data was collected using 14 digital cameras. The statistical processing of this study used Excel 2018 to calculate the mean and standard deviation(M±SD) and statistical programs to verify the differences in kinematic variables of the reverse rotation dolgaechagi. Shapiro-Wilk verification was performed to verify the normality of the collected data, and independent t-test and Mann-Whitney U test were performed to analyze the effect on kinematic parameters of the reverse rotation dolgaechagi of the national and non-national demonstration team members. The significance level of all statistics is set to α=.05. Results: Experiments have shown that in order to increase the completeness of reverse rotation dolgaechagi, the timing and momentum of the takeoff are required due to the nature of the motion in the takeoff and flying phases and that the maximum body center vertical direction, left and right direction, and forward-and-frontal COM must be balanced to contribute to the overall stability of the body after rapid rotation. Force ankle joint and knee joint and maximum bend on hip joint are needed to move upward and complete a perfect reverse rotation dolgaechagi. Conclusion: we found that, due to the nature of the reverse rotating dolgaechagi, the timing and momentum of the takeoff are needed to accurately secure the target position, and the role of balancing the body after a quick rotation and keeping the balance of the maximum body center vertical, left and right, and front and back are important factors to contribute to the stability of the entire body. We believe that further research is needed on the instantaneous speed of the body center, muscle activity needed, and analysis on the differences of the success and failure when reverse rotation is performed, which will greatly contribute to the improvement of the performance of the Taekwondo demonstration.
    Keyword:Taekwondo, Reverse Rotation Dolgaechagi, Kick, Kinematic Analysis, Taekwondo Demonstration
  • Purpose: The purpose of this study is to verify the structural relationship and influence relationship between participation perception, fun factors and self-directed learning attitude of elementary students through our traditional martial art, Hapkido, and provide a theoretical background. Method: To analyze the relationship between elementary school students' perception, fun, and self-directed learning of Hapkido training, empirical analysis was conducted for a total of 352 questionnaires as final analysis data. Specifically, first, to investigate the structural relationship between each variable, the structural equation model was constructed, and the path coefficient of the variable and the fitness of the model were evaluated. Second, multiple regression analysis was conducted to analyze the effect of Hapkido training awareness and fun on self-directed learning, a dependent variable. All statistical levels were verified at p<.05. Results: First, Looking at the path coefficient analysis results of the research model, among the latent variables of the structural equation model, the perception variable and the fun variable of the path coefficient were 0.711(t=3.135, p<.001), and the fun factor variable and the self-directed learning attitude variable were 0.702(t=6.979, p<.001), confirming statistically significant results. Second, In addition, in the results of multiple regression analysis with fun as the independent variable and self-directed learning as the dependent variable, the function improvement factor, the free time factor, the explanation and demonstration factor, and the friend relationship factor were found to be significant, but it was found that the factors of competition and emotional transformation had no statistical significance. Conclusion: These findings identify structural causal relationships between participation perception, fun factors, and self-directed learning attitude in Hapkido training and suggest the influencing factors, and this study is meaningful in that it contributes to the improvement of the quality of elementary students' health education and provides a theoretical background required for the transition of learning.
    Keyword:Elementary School Student, Perception, Fun, Self-Directed Learning, Hapkido
  • Purpose: This study has the purpose of providing basic data for efficient operation of service quality of Judo gym by analyzing and evaluating the importance degree and satisfaction degree of Judo gym’s service quality factors by IPA technique Method: This study set up a population of members who were training at Judo gyms, and from September 2019 to March 2020, 7 Judo gyms located in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do were invited to explain the purpose of the study to the director of the gym and to conduct the survey in-person visiting during the exercise time. A total of 370 questionnaires were distributed and the effective sample of 349(94.3%) was used in the analysis, except for 21 questionnaires that were omitted or were written insincerely, such as double entry. Results: The analysis result is as follows. First, in the importance degree, the environmental support were the highest ones. The next ones are program, physical environment price, facility, coach, if it was put in order and, in the satisfaction degree, the environmental support were the highest ones. The next ones are program satisfaction, physical environmental satisfaction, price satisfaction, facility satisfaction, coach satisfaction, if it was put in order. Second, IPA matrix analysis result shows that 1 quadrant(concentration and improvement tendency) don’t includes service quality items. 2 quadrant(area for maintaining current situation) includes 14 items such as how to Judo gym’s service quality, program quality, vehicles in operation, KATA coaching program, program diversity, program interest, cleanliness around the gym, discount system, outdoor activity cost, promotion test fee, interior design, Registration fee, floor location of the gym. 3 quadrant(inferior order) includes 7 items such as how to Judo gum’s service quality, the size of the gym, safety assurance, practical skills, diligence, professionalism, coach career, communication skill. 4 quadrant(rejecting excessive effort) includes 3 items such as how to ventilation, air-conditioning, amenities. Conclusion: Judo gym operator should actively use totally service quality factors. So they will have to work to increase Judo gym’s membership people.
    Keyword:Serviced Quality, Judo Gym, Importance, Performance, Analysis
  • Purpose: The purpose of this study is to verify the difference in the level of career decisiveness depending on the activities of university Taekwondo demonstration teams. The research hypothesis to achieve the purpose of this study is as follows. The level of career decisiveness will differ depending on the demographic characteristics such as gender, grade, experience in Taekwondo demonstration, and level/degree in Taekwondo. Method: In this study, students who belong to a Taekwondo demonstration team at universities nationwide were selected as the purposive quota sampling group, and a survey was conducted on 232 students from the group. Data collected through the questionnaire in this study were analyzed for frequencies, t-test, and one-way ANOVA using SPSS 26.0 to investigate the general characteristics of the study participants. The significance level of all statistics was set to .05. Results & Conclusion: First, as a result of verifying the difference in the level of career decisiveness by the gender of college students who are a member of a university Taekwondo demonstration team, no significant difference was found in any of the variables. Second, verifying the difference in the level of career decisiveness depending on the grade of the students who are a member of a university Taekwondo demonstration team revealed no significant difference in any of the variables. Third, as a result of verifying the difference in the level of career decisiveness in accordance with the experience in Taekwondo demonstration of the students who are a member of a university Taekwondo demonstration team, no significant difference was found in any of the variables. Fourth, as a result of verifying the difference in the level of career decisiveness per the level/degree in Taekwondo of the students who are a member of a university Taekwondo demonstration team, no significant difference was found in any of the variables.
    Keyword:Taekwondo, Demonstration, Level of Career, Decisiveness, University
  • Purpose: Considering the development curve, there may be individual differences, but in the 2nd and 3rd grades of high school, it can be seen that there is no significant difference from that of adults in form. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the differences in body composition and physical strength factors of Taekwondo Gyeorugi players who are attending morphological similar high school and university in form, and provide basic data for physical fitness training of athletes based on the results of this study. Method: The subjects of this study were 13 competition players attending G high school in D city and 13 competition players attending K University, and body composition, physical factors, anaerobic exercise ability, and knee joint isokinetic muscle function were tested. For data processing, the mean and standard deviation of the measured items were calculated using the SPSS 25.0 statistical program. An independent t-test was conducted to find out the difference between high school taekwondo players and college students taekwondo players. Results: University Taekwondo competition players were statistically significantly higher in height, lean body weight, and lower extremity than high school competition players, and their body fat percentage was lower. In terms of physical strength, college competition players were superior to high school athletes in terms of strength, endurance, quickness, agility, coordination, and flexibility. The anaerobic exercise ability was significantly higher in college athletes than high school athletes in Peak Power(W), Average Power(W), and Total Energy(J). It was also found that college athletes were superior to high school athletes in knee joint isokinetic muscle function measured at an angular velocity of 60 degrees. Conclusion: The statistically significant difference in the height and lower extremities, which are the physique factors, is judged as the result of not considering weight class in the selection of subjects for this study. The difference in physical strength factors is thought to be a result of the higher athlete experience and training amount of college players than the difference in shape development.
    Keyword:Competition Players, Physical Fitness, Lsokinetic Muscle Function, Anaerobic Capacity, Wingate Test


SUBMISSION 2/10 8/10
REVIEW 2/20 8/20
ACCEPTED 2/25 8/25
PUBLISHED 3/30 9/30



Jusik Park [Operator] Keimyung University, South Korea
Sunjanng Lee Keimyung University, South Korea
Duksun Chang Korea National Sport University, South Korea


Kwon Jang

Korea National Sport University, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]

Vice President

Seongsuk Jung Yongin University, South Korea

Editor in Chief

Jaehwan Jeoung

Chosun University, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]


Yongkuk Lee General Affairs Donga University, South Korea
Seungwan Han Research Jeju International University, South Korea
Boseob Heo Intelligence Kosin University, South Korea
Minwoo Jeon Management Kyunghee University, South Korea
Dongyoung Park Planning Baekseok University, South Korea
Hyoungkeun Oh International Woosuk University, South Korea

Editor in Director

Jongsoo Kim

Keimyung University, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]

Hyoungkeun Oh

Woosuk University, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]

Editor in Administrator

Jungheon Kim Yongin University, South Korea
Wonyoung Kim Wichita State University, South Korea
Hojin Chung Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jungmin Lee University of Nebraska, USA
Sunggu Jo Kyungwoon University, South Korea
Taebok Kim Daejeon Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Youhwan Kim Korea Nazarene University, South Korea
Hochul Shin Kyungmin University, South Korea
Hanbyul Kim Korea National Sport University, South Korea
Sanghyun Kim Chonbuk National University, South Korea
Insoo Kim Korea National Sport University, South Korea


2015 JUN. 30 International Society for Martial Arts Established by Dr. Taemin Kim
DEC. 05 Inaugural General Meeting
2016 FEB. 03 International Journal of Martial Arts (ISSN 2423-835X)
JUN. 30 First Journal Publication (378 Tenjinchou Kamimaruko Nakaharaku Kawasakishi Kangawhken Japan)
OCT. 11 Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Google Scholar
2017 JUN. 30 Move Permissions Branch Operator Dr. Taebok Kim
2019 MAR. 17 Journal Title Suggestion Scopus
APR. 30 I2OR
MAY. 07 ProQuest
JUN. 30 Move Permissions Branch Operator Dr. Sunggu Jo
Journal Publication Change Address (2-20-7 Arakawa Arakawaku Tokyo Japan)
2020 JUN. 30 Move Permissions Branch Operator Dr. Jusik Park