Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of martial arts training on the individual's leadership in the workplace. Martial arts training develops leadership skills and traits that include self-control, focus, attaining goals, and respect of self and others. The research was conducted using a survey tool to explore if perceived leadership traits were learned within a martial arts training school and transferred to the workplace. The survey was completed by adult students of the National Karate Schools in Minnesota. The statements referred to non-physical skills learned in martial arts and if those skills were evident in the workplace. Martial arts' training does impact leadership skills and traits according to the results of the survey.


SC 11.MAL.2008.Bouley.CL