We caught up again with Dr George Jennings in the park, where he gives his views on what to think about when looking for a place to start your martial arts life.
Martial Arts as part of a healthy active life? This connects to a wider theme being picked up by a new project being set-up now that will see DoJoTV working with scholars at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
See initial details here
A simple question, but as ever with something as practically and culturally diverse is not that easy to answer.
We asked our channel consultant, Dr George Jennings from Cardiff Metropolitan University to tackle it, while on a trek round a Cardiff city centre park.
Learn more about George here and tune in next time for the follow on episode 'Where should you start with martial arts?'
We asked 'what drew you to martial arts?' and 'what keeps you training?' to members of the Welsh Karate Union during one of their summer training sessions.
These recordings were made to complement a new short video series filmed at Cardiff University in July 2017, Part 1 can be seen below;
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To complement our short film series that has started with Part 1. "Why Martial Arts?" (featured on our home page), filmed at Cardiff University in July, we're releasing a short audio series from the perspective of members of martial arts clubs. We had the pleasure of spending time with the Welsh Karate Union over the last few weeks. Below is a sample of what's to come;
What draws you to martial arts?
That was where we started from when interviewing attendees at the Martial Arts Studies Research Network conference in July 2017. We selected a range of responses to be the first film in a short series that covers these intimate conversations held at Cardiff University in Cardiff, UK. You can watch Part 1 now;
Inbetween interviews, we managed to attend some of the conference activities. One in particular was facilitated by Daniel Mroz and Damon Honeycutt. An enjoyable 'hands on' session indeed, as you can get a feel of by the photo below!
At the end of the session, we asked Daniel and Damon to speak to us about their collaborative research project. You can hear them talk about it using the audio player below.
Hope you enjoyed all that. Stay tuned for more in the film series and other film and audio projects. Want to know more? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello - we're back!
We spent quite some time in 2016 in research mode including lots of experiments. That was a valuable experience and has helped us define where this platform is going over the next 2-3 years.
This is not a long ramble about this or that. We thought we'd just return with a revised website, some new content and let you browse through some of the things coming up and projects we're involved in, which you can see under the "Short Documentaries" and "Cardiff University" menu tabs.
More behind the scenes activity and investment is being made that draws on what happened last year. More details will appear in this blog throughout the year on this, as well as details on various filming projects as they develop.
That's it for now :)
Any feedback or if you'd like a chat, contact email@example.com
We've been around this year with various forays into the martial arts world. Maybe foray is a good word to describe our process of learning and experimenting with where to take DoJoTV.
2016 is not going out quietly though. We're working on a project to follow life in a typical Martial Arts club through 2017. This project will climax with a feature documentary next year, but you can follow our whole process here on DoJoTV.
Stay tuned to learn more. In the meantime, here is a short clip of some of the members. You'll get to know these lot pretty well and observe the amazing diversity and perspectives about what drives people young and well...a bit older to follow their martial arts journey.
The club themselves have some ambitions for 2017, which we're keen to follow and support. Some of these will surprise, inform and entertain you :)
Note: If you have any problems playing the video in this blog, it will be available on our Facebook page shortly - www.facebook.com/dojotvma
DoJoTV attended last week's 2nd International Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff. We met, interviewed and drank beer with! people from Switzerland, Germany, Japan, America, Singapore, New Zealand, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Canada and of course the UK.
The concept of the Martial Arts Studies initiative based like us in Cardiff, is to encourage cross discipline debate about martial arts to foster new learning, develop new lines of practical research and encourage connections not usually made. Saying that, what an excuse to bring together such a diverse mix of people for 3 days to discuss the positive force of martial arts. There is much more to Cardiff University's Martial Arts Studies than just the conference - click here for more or on the picture below.
Every delegate had their own professional and personal perspective on martial arts and this came through strongly in the interviews. In the spirit of our own survey, we also asked delegates why they go 'into' martial arts and what 'benefits' they enjoy - which like our own survey shows martial arts means something special and different to everyone. If you haven't completed it, please do and leave your details if you would like an extended conversation with us and possible interview.
All the intervews we did during the conference (and a few glimpes of speakers in action) will be available on this website in August. In the meantime, here is a short clip of our chat with Tamiaho Herangi-Searancke from New Zealand;
Dealing with life challenges is something we all do. Being able to respond to external stimulus is often referred to as using the time before your response well to make a good decision before you 'respond'. Observing Martial Artists in and out of training often reveals how challenging propagating the 'Martial Arts Way' of thinking and behaving into other parts of life really is.
We see many quotes on social media about these topics that get plenty of 'likes' Why is that? Is there a thirst for being 'better' that is quenched by reading quotes? Do the quotes encourage action beyond the sugar rush of reading them? How about one we like that is relevant for this topic;
"Inner thought and outer expression are one" Bruce Lee
Much research shows personal change only occurs when there is (percieved) no other option but to change. What do you think is your change trigger?
When we observe Martial Artists, we see change in technique, discipline and behaviour in the training environment driven from the demands of learning new physical routines. Does this translate into 'better' behaviour back in the social world?
We're interested in your take on this - get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, keep up with our latest developments on our Facebook page and Instagram feed.
We’d like to let you know about some changes to DoJoTV after our initial foray into the Martial Arts scene.
Starting DoJoTV was a leap. To ground the project, we defined some goals (dojotv.co.uk/why) as we set off. Part of ‘setting off’ included some basic structure and research (dojotv.co.uk/survey) so we could both discover and monitor as we went.
Ok, we’re using some of the tools we use in our day jobs in www.filmcopy.co.uk to test, learn and adapt - rather than beaver away behind closed doors, then present a “Ta Dar” project that more often that not, misses the mark. That’s true in any setting these days, commercial products and services or otherwise. Anyway, the real value of this approach is the collection of real feedback as you go. At some point in this process you may encounter something that needs a bigger change (including potentially killing the project). The challenge is being aware you've arrived at that point. Err...yeah that’s the science bit and is well summarised by one of our favourite authors and thinkers of the moment;
“What got you here, won’t get you there” Marshall Goldsmith
We’re at this early pivot point and we’re ready to share the next phase with you as we go through it.
Our gut feelings about how local martial arts is presented to the world (superficial and leaves inspiring stories untold) have been borne out, but there is a huge “but”. The story is more sophisticated than our initial structure was designed for. We could easily dumb down, carry on and more than likely lose interest. We’re not taking that route. We’re listening to the many types of feedback received and rebooting ourselves to progress in a way to learn more, listen deeper, understand as fully as we can to tell the story as faithfully as possible.
In short, it’s too soon for ‘shows’ to be created. We’re going to spend the next phase of the project getting to know more martial artists in search of how to tell the amazing story going on in local Martial Arts.
There is more to this thinking and more to say about the types of feedback we’ve had. We’ll be exploring this over the new few blogs as we realign ourselves for the next stage. In the meantime, if you are a Martial Artist or just curious, please get in touch or complete our survey
ps - Here is one of the many reasons for our revised focus & deeper research: Elizabeth Yashnava reveals how some of the benefits Martial Arts have 'crept' up on her;