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Intersections: ways of knowing mixed martial arts and visual culture

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anu Vaittinen



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This paper examines the intersection of ways of knowing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) skill and visual culture with a specific focus on the ways in which MMA coaches and practitioners engage with the visual as a part of learning and coaching MMA: illustrated with examples from an ethnographic study of two MMA gyms. Existing research has only relatively recently begun to systematically explore the significance and connections between sport, education, new media technologies and visual culture. In this paper I argue that the practitioners and coaches engage with different aspects of visual culture through diverse channels as part of the process of developing practical understanding and skills required for MMA.

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Author(s): Vaittinen A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Amodern

Year: 2014

Issue: 3

Acceptance date: 13/03/2014

Date deposited: 15/02/2016

Publisher: Concordia University & Lakehead University