Antal Kovács to moderate an informative session on combat sports at the Sport and Innovation Conference

A specific section at The Sport and Innovation Conference to take place from 14 to 16 September will focus on the relationship between martial arts and sports innovation. Dr Antal Kovács, who won Olympic and World Champion gold medals in judo, will moderate the round table discussion. He believes that there is a lot that everyone can learn from the discussion - even those who are not looking for success in sport.

Kovács Antal tanulságos küzdősportszekciót ígér a Sport és Innováció Konferenciára

"One of the biggest challenges not only in Hungarian, but also in international sport is how to turn talented athletes into successful elite athletes," said Dr Antal Kovács, member of the Board of Trustees of the Hungarian University of Sports Science. “We train many talents in various combat sports, but many of them are faced with a choice between the ages of 18 and 22 when they have to decide if they want to become top athletes or not. The phenomenon is best approached and understood through new technologies and trends, but mostly through pedagogical methods. It seems to me that the discipline required for combat sports and the desire for freedom of today's young generations are apparently at odds with each other, which is a major challenge for professionals. The biggest one is how to transmit the values imparted by martial arts to young people in a way that strengthens their attachment to the sport rather than weakening it."

Antal Kovács also drew attention to the fact that more and more people are looking for extremes which many find in martial arts. It is the job of professionals and educators to highlight the benefits of martial arts and thus involve as many people as possible. He believes that innovation also has an essential role to play in this and in talent management.

"The roundtable discussion that features big names such as Róbert Bertók, Dr Endre Németh, Zsolt Nemcsik, László Csákvári and Adrián Magyar will focus on fighting techniques used in martial arts that can be put to good use in the market environment as well – I mean assertiveness, the desire to fight or the ability to tolerate pain. The discussion should be interesting for anyone." 

The session will be held on Wednesday 14 September from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM.

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