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;