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Abstract - Chronicle of science around fighting arts 2021

Background. Specialised associations and the activity of individuals are co-creating the present fighting arts, the factography of which becomes a contribution to the recent history of this phenomenon. It is therefore probably worth describing these events, explaining or evaluating them.
Problem. The cognitive aim of this research is to describe and analyse the martial arts and combat sports environment of the people and scientific institutions who are active in this area. The research centres on the city of Rzeszow, Poland and Central Europe, as well as the wider international scale. Scientific and methodological events and new literature on the subject have been reviewed.
Method. The main qualitative method used here is a survey of multiple case studies, which are descriptive, interpretive, and evaluative. Data were collected between October 2020 and October 2021. In many cases, the co-authors were participants / direct observers of the events. Publications and other materials were evaluated using a content analysis method.
Results and conclusions. Several events, as well as publications, which are interesting from the point of view of the thematic profile of our journal, have been indicated and evaluated in short reviews. The situation of the martial arts and combat sports community and its researchers is monitored on an ongoing basis using descriptive and/or photographic documentation.