THE RELATIONS OF SPECIFIC MOTOR ABILITY AND EFFICIENCY IN KARATE OF KADETS

Josefina Jukić, Marijana Čavala

The aim of this paper was to determine relations between specific motor abilities and knowledge of young karate fighters and the quality of kata performance and efficiency in a fight. For this purpose, the research was done on the sample of eighty cadet karate fighters, aged 12-13. We applied eleven specific motor ability tests on the respondents (five tests to assess specific abilities and 6 tests to assess specific knowledge) and two variables to assess efficiency in karate (kata and fight). By factor analysis of the variables of specific motor ability and variables to assess efficiency in karate as a unique set of variables, we obtained the two following significant factors: the factor responsible for technical and fight efficiency and the factor responsible for the development of specific motor related abilities. By canonical correlation analysis, we obtained only one significant linear combination between the set of variables to assess specific motor abilities and motor knowledge and criterion variables. The basis of canonical correlation is made of general efficiency in fight and performing kata determined by specific motor knowledge – techniques, followed by, to a certain degree, specific agility.

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