2005, Volume 1, Issue 1

The importance of hand-to-hand fights for determining psychomotor competence of antiterrorists

Sergey Ashkinazi1, Władysław Jagiełło2, Roman M. Kalina3, Sergey Novikov4, Romuald Stupnicki2

1P. Lesgaft Academy of Physical Education, St. Petersburg, Russia
2Academy of Physical Education, Warsaw, Poland
3Faculty of Physical Education, University of Rzeszów, Poland
4International Federation Amateur “UNIFIGHT”, Moscow, Russia

Author for correspondence: Romuald Stupnicki; Academy of Physical Education, Warsaw, Poland; email: rstupnicki[at]awf.edu.pl

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Background and Study Aim: To assess various approaches to determining components of psychomotor competence with respect to hand-to-hand fights.
Material and Methods: A group of 14 students (Grade 4) of the Military Institute of Physical Culture in St Petersburg. Four principal factors determining psychomotor competences in hand-to-hand combat, 5 methods of determining them, and assessment criteria were selected. The result of 10 fights with an armed opponent preceded by a 3000-m run served as a reference task.
Results: Highest association with the reference task, equal to 87.5%, showed two elements: the results of free fights not preceded by running and hand-to-hand combat exercise while running an obstacle course.
Conclusions: The results of properly selected tests based on hand-to-hand fights should serve as one of the principal criterions when assessing the psychomotor competence of antiterrorists.

Key words: antiterrorist training, hand-to-hand combat, test accuracy