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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  • 50~60 percent of factors which determine health are conditioned by everyday habits. The WHO(World Health Organization) recommend for children and teenagers aerobic activities and physical activities for the strengthening of muscles and bones amounting to more than 60 minutes per day. However, upon analyzing the physical exercises of boys and girls between 11 and 17 in 146 nations, 81.1 percent was found lacking the amount of exercise recommended by WHO, and Korean students lacking exercise was found to be 94.2%, the highest among 146 countries, in the “worst” category, which shows a serious deficiency of exercise among Korean students internationally. A lack of exercise leads to numerous problems, ranging from overweight-ness, obesity and teenage scoliosis. Scoliosis in particular has no clear prevention method so early detection and treatment due to school screening are the only solution, and through early detection 63 percent of scoliosis which range up to more than 40 degrees can be cured. Taking into consideration the nature of scoliosis in teenagers in their period of growth, a functional training program effective in improving its symptoms through schools or regional facilities, rather than appliances or surgical methods, is necessary. In order to improve the problem of the lack in teenager exercise, an encouragement for physical activities in general and the inducing of behavioral changes are important. After-school programs regarding health run by schools, or the supplying of exercise programs for prevention in approximately 11,000 Taekwondo Studio within Korea, can lead to the formation of exercise programs which is easily accessible by students themselves. By offering an affective functional exercise at an appropriate time, recognition on the importance of health care on the part of students can happen, information can be provided, and these can be used as means of prevention and improvement.
    Keyword:Taekwondo Studio, Teenagers, Health Improvement, Scoliosis, Obesity
  • The purpose of this study was to analyze the movements of the lower extremity joints during a taekwondo kick motion called 'Geodeup Yeopchagi', which was administered to players to improve their balance, stability, and range of motion for the prevention of injuries. The subjects of this study were eight selected skilled practitioners and eight unskilled athletes who had won the national competition from the Poomsae athletes who have been registered with the Korea Taekwondo Association for more than three years. Before entering the experiment, each subject was asked for consent and explained how to proceed with the experiment. Kinematic data were collected by four real-time infrared cameras. The hip joint, knee joint, and ankle joint angles were measured using instruments. Data processing: The statistical process of this study calculated the mean and standard deviation(M ± SD) using Excel 2018, and the statistical program(SPSS 22.0, SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). The Shapiro-Wilk test was conducted to verify the normality of the collected data. Independent t-test was performed to analyze the effects on the kinematic variables according to the kicks of Taekwondo Poomsae athletes and amateur. test and assay(Mann-Whitney U test) were performed and the significance level of all statistics was set to α = .05. During the 'Geodeup Yeopchagi' kick motion, there were small and inconsistent effects on each joint. The results show ed that the characteristics of the poomsae are to balance the feet when hitting the side kick close t o 170 degrees quickly and to maintain the CoM close to the base and to support the side kick in order to contribute to the stability of the whole body. We indicated that is correct footing is an important factor in minimizing the next deduction factor. This comparative analysis of the taekwondo kicking motion is considered a very valuable study that can provide important information to the training site or school site. Further studies are needed to analyze the difference between the success and failure of the next kick, the required muscle activity, and the various and instantaneous speed of the center of gravity
    Keyword:Taekwondo, Gedeup Yeopchagi, Kick, Biomechanical Analysis, Poomsae
  • The present research strives to offer aid for the prevention and curing of athlete injuries by grasping the cause and cure for sports injuries of Taekwondo Poomsae(A systematic sequence of moves in Korean martial arts) athletes in Korean Universities. For this, an in-dept interview was conducted with 7 college athletes enlisted in the Korea Taekwondo Association presently in 2019, and by taking into account the opinions of research participants and through the comparing and examining of various measures from previous researches, a research result was derived. Firstly, the experience of sports injury among Taekwondo Poomsae athletes in Korean universities was most common during their high school days. Secondly, the technique which causes the most injury among the Poomsae in Taekwondo was found to be training in kicking, namely moves such as Yeopchagi. Thirdly, in Taekwondo Poomsae, in most cases athletes were injured during the training procedure rather than during the competition. Fourthly, after the injury was experienced there was no instance of psychological rehabilitation. Lastly, in order to prevent damage, not only the athlete but also the instructor must cooperate, and a systematic basic health training system, a personal health maintenance system, and new psychological rehabilitation programs for those injured need to be applied. The prevention of accidents can be done by the appropriate practicing of the basic moves and learning of the techniques, an adequate warm up before the competition, a systematic exercising program ’ s planning and training, and care taken by a routine psychological counseling and efforts to avoid a slump. Also, there is the need to accumulate knowledge on the cause of wounds and its prevention, and conduct safety instruction sessions. [
    Keyword:Martial arts, Taekwondo, Poomsae Athlete, Sports Injury, Psychological Rehabilitation
  • The study conducted a survey of 193 taekwondo major on their perceptions of taekwondo internship abroad and found the following results. First, among the factors of the CIPP evaluation model which evaluated the Internship abroad Program of taekwondo, priority was shown in the order of assessment of the situation, output evaluation, input evaluation, and course evaluation. Second, the priority of sub-variable by factor of CIPP evaluation model evaluating the Taekwondo internship abroad program indicated the need for assessment of the situation, survey of assessment of the situation, necessity of assessment of the situation, change in recognition of output valuation, program objectives of assessment of the situation, efficiency of output valuation, human service of input evaluation, satisfaction of output evaluation, result application of output evaluation, evaluation of course evaluation, self-assessment of course evaluation, interaction of course evaluation, program contents of input evaluation, management course of process evaluation, forming atmosphere and promotion of assessment of the situation, operational support of input evaluation, material support of input evaluation, and program application feedback of process evaluation in order. Third, The sub-variable of the assessment of the situation in the analysis results of each factor of Taekwondo internship abroad program using the CIPP evaluation model were in order of demand, recognition survey, necessity, program objectives, atmosphere formation and promotion. The sub-variable of input evaluation were in order of human support, program contents, operational support, and material support. The sub-variable of course evaluation were self-assessment, interaction, management course, evaluation, and program application feedback. The sub-variable of output evaluation were order of change in recognition, efficiency, satisfaction, and result application. The results of this study can be used as basic data for qualitative improvement and improvement of taekwondo internship abroad program, and also provide useful information for career planning and exploration process of Taekwondo majors.
    Keyword:CIPP, Situation Evaluation, Output Evaluation, Input Eevaluation, Course Evaluation
  • Purpose; This study was to investigate the effects of high intensity yong mu do training on maximum muscle strength and yong mu do performance in the aduit males. The participants were divided into two groups: Exercise group(n=15) and Control group(n=15). The high intensity yong mu do training program for 12 weeks. The results of this study were as follows: First, there were significantly increased in harvard step, burpee test, push-up, situp rate. Second, there were significantly increased in kick performance, throwing techniques, self-defense. As conclusions, this study confirmed that the high intensity yong mu do training could improve the maximum muscle strength and yong mu do performance of aduit males.
    Keyword:Yong Mu Do, High Intensity Yong Mu Do Training, Maximum Muscle Strengt, Yong Mu Do Performance, Aduit Males


SUBMISSION 5/10 11/10
REVIEW 5/20 11/20
ACCEPTED 5/25 11/25
PUBLISHED 6/30 12/30



Choi Seong-kon

Keimyung University, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]

Vice President

Jung Seong-suk Yongin University, South Korea

Editor in Chief

Park Dong-young

Baekseok University, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]


Noh Hyung-jun General Affairs Korea Nazarene University, South Korea
Na Chae-man Research Kyungdong University, South Korea
Heo Bo-seob Intelligence Kosin University, South Korea
Jeon Min-woo Management Kyunghee University, South Korea
Ji Ho-chul Planning Baekseok University, South Korea
Jeang Soon-il International Donga University, South Korea

Editor in Director

Shin Kwang-cheol

Korea Soprt Science Institute, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]

Oh Hyoung-keun

Keimyung University, South Korea
[Curriculum Vitae]

Editor in Administrator

Kim Jung-heon Yongin University, South Korea
Kim Won-young Wichita State University, South Korea
Chung Ho-jin Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lee Jung-min University of Nebraska, USA
Jo Sung-gu Kyungwoon University, South Korea
Kim Tae-bok Daejeon Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


2015 JUN. 30 International Society for Martial Arts Established by Dr. Kim Tae-min
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 Administrator Dr. Kim Tae-bok
2019 MAR. 17 Journal Title Suggestion Scopus
APR. 30 I2OR
MAY. 07 ProQuest
JUN. 30 Move Permissions Administrator Dr. Jo Sung-gu
Journal Publication Change Address (2-20-7 Arakawa Arakawaku Tokyo Japan)