Cultural consensus models of strategy among Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in Atlanta, GA

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dc.contributor DeCaro, Jason A.
dc.contributor Blitz, John Howard
dc.contributor Hornsby, Joseph Allen
dc.contributor.advisor Dressler, William W. Bennett, Karl 2018-07-11T16:50:03Z 2018-07-11T16:50:03Z 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003015
dc.identifier.other Bennett_alatus_0004M_13450
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study utilizes mixed methods and cultural consensus analysis to understand how the cultural model of strategy among Brazilian jiu jitsu athletes in a gym in Atlanta, Georgia mediates the relationship between culture and embodied knowledge. Fighting is ubiquitous in societies, both ancient and modern, and the study of codified fighting systems has been undertaken predominantly by researchers in the field of martial arts studies. Researchers in this field utilize qualitative methods with the aim of linking embodied knowledge and culture but face difficulty in doing so given their self-imposed methodological constraints. This study demonstrates how cognitive anthropological mixed methods can be used to quantify and link culture to embodied knowledge through a cultural model of strategy. Results show that strategy in Brazilian jiu jitsu revolves around the hierarchy of positional dominance. Low level belt-ranked athletes utilize shared understandings of positional dominance to guide their personal strategic selection of techniques which they habitually practice to the point of embodied reflexivity. High belt-ranked athletes eventually reach a level of expertise at which retaining the cultural model of strategy hinders their performance in competition. These advanced athletes develop a personal model of strategic fluidity within the context of the cultural model of strategy which focuses on adaptation to specific opponents and circumstances.
dc.format.extent 81 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.title Cultural consensus models of strategy among Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in Atlanta, GA
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology Anthropology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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