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Body to body in movement: an exploratory and phenomenological study in martial arts & combat sports

Grant number: 19/03947-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2020
Effective date (End): August 15, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology
Principal researcher:Cristiano Roque Antunes Barreira
Grantee:Thabata Castelo Branco Telles
Home Institution: Escola de Educação Física e Esporte de Ribeirão Preto (EEFERP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


This work consists of a phenomenological study in martial arts and combat sports, especially based on its different manifestations. It aims to map these practices and to understand how the body fights through cultural nuances, in an understanding that is not only based on the reflexive sphere and verbal language, but also of pre-reflexive experience and body listening. To do so, the places in which these activities occur will be visited, in order to allow interviews, observations and the practical experience of the researcher, through emersiology. Its results are expected not only to understand the most common modalities - and also the rarer ones - but it also opens to the exploration of methodological possibilities in the field of phenomenology and corporeality, focusing on martial arts and combat sports. (AU)

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