Budoka in times of COVID

Budoka in times of COVID is an artistic research into the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on budo training.

Budoka in times of COVID, Japan Fans, Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht, the Netherlands, Japans Cultureel Centrum Utrecht

It hardly needs explanation that COVID-19 lockdowns have had a huge impact on everyday life. This is also reflected in the many scientific publications on the subject. A hitherto underexposed aspect of this is the training of budoka. A fair amount of research has already been done on alternative training methods within (other?) sports. There have also already been various studies on how professional performers – such as dancers, for instance – practised their craft. But a study on the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns on budoka training is still a gap in the scientific literature.

This research hopes to provide a first step towards studying budo training in lockdown situations. It is designed as a “Mixed Methods” a combination of qualitative and quantitative research. The questionnaire is based on the “Framework for Data Collection and Analysis” by Frauke Kreuter. In addition – following the existing research on dancers – elements of artistic research (within the traditions of Henk Borgdorff, Julian Klein and Florian Dombois) have also been added. This research is thus not only to, for and on behalf of the martial arts, but also in and by the martial arts themselves.

The results of the research “Budoka in times of COVID” will be processed into an academic article and submitted for publication to a scientific journal. In addition, this research serves a practical purpose: by sharing the results through more accessible publications (such as a Dutch-language article in Zanshin), both individual budoka and dojo will be able to learn from each other. This way, budoka will have more tools and hopefully be better prepared during a similar period in the future.

Would you like to participate in this study? Then fill in the form at https://forms.gle/5bgxbC6fV1KgnZbNA . Filling in the questionnaire will take about 5 minutes of your time. Naturally, all data will be treated confidentially. The results will be treated completely anonymously. For questions and comments about this survey, please contact Martine.