Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - A comparison of spectators' motives at wushu and amateur mixed martial arts events in Poland

Aim. This paper examines differences between the motives of spectators attending wushu and amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) events.
Material and Method. The data was gathered at the Wushu Cup in Poland and two MMA events. ANOVA showed significant differences (p<0.05) regarding seven out of nine motives, with only vicarious achievement and adoration being equal.
Results and Conclusion. The rankings of motives indicated a similar structure, as spectators were foremost motivated by aesthetics, knowledge, and vicarious achievement. However, spectators of MMA were relatively more interested in sport-related qualities of the event, while those attending the wushu event were more strongly driven by emotions associated with the competing athletes.