Personality characteristics of martial artists

Mark A. Wargo1, Charles L. Spirrison1, Tracy B. Henley2
1Mississippi State University, United States
2Texas A & M University, United States
Cite this article:  Wargo, M., Spirrison, C., & Henley, T. (2007). Personality characteristics of martial artists. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 35, 399-408.

Volume 35 Issue 3 | e1582 | Published: April 2007 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2007.35.3.399

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This study used the MMPI-2 to explore the personalities of yellow-belt and black-belt martial artists. A total of 40 participants completed the MMPI-2 and a demographic questionnaire. Black-belt females tended to be less defensive than were other martial artists, but also displayed more paranoia and more anger than average. Females of both ranks reported a higher degree of anxiety and health concerns than did males in the study, and black-belt females also reported more family problems than did other groups. Finally, black belts in general reported more health concerns than did yellow belts.

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