Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. James W. Aldridge

Second Advisor

Dr. Jerwen Jou

Third Advisor

Dr. Grant Benham


Research has shown that when learning martial arts katas, adults retained the information better “when the katas were taught with the context method than when the katas were taught with the no context method.” (Tovar, M.) It is imperative more experimentation be performed in this area because the findings do not relate to the population of children. Children between ages seven and twelve were instructed in two original katas utilizing two methods of instruction. First the katas with context were taught and then the other taught was purely based on rote completion of the sequential movements. Every subject was tested in a context and a rote condition. Four groups were defined in which kata was paired with Context and whether the Context condition came first or second. The results show that context enhanced learning on easier movements but impeded learning with more difficult movements.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American