The Influence of Judo Kata Exercise on Adolescents

Mike Callan, Slavisa Bradic, Florin Daniel Lascau

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Psychological problems that occur in adolescents relate in part to concentration, which in turn can negatively affect education and development (Tkalec, 2012). In Croatia, various methods are used within teaching to help solve such conditions (Vulić-Prtorić & Lončarević, 2016). Physical activity that promotes increased activation of concentration can certainly contribute to the development of mental characteristics (Smojver-Ažić et al., 2016). The structure of judo kata includes precisely defined techniques that are performed in order to demonstrate basic principles and techniques (Kotani, 1970).
This research aims to unlock an understanding of the reasons adolescents take part in kata training and competition. Adolescent competitors in the Croatian Judo Federation National Kata Competition were interviewed. The interviews
were analysed thematically. Just performing the forms in kata requires a great deal of concentration because the progress of training in judo kata is
based on building perfection from big to small details. The development of perfection in judo kata practice is closely correlated with the ability to concentrate. At the time when competition in judo kata for younger age categories started, kata officially became part of the judo curriculum. By analysing the mental impact on adolescents, we can detect elements
that kata develops which could help solve some problems or help develop mental characteristics at this age
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-70
Number of pages7
JournalThe Arts and Sciences of Judo (ASJ)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2021


  • Randori no kata
  • Adolescents
  • judo development
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder


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