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Mathematics and Martial Arts as Connected Art Forms    PDF

2010, Vol. 20, No. 1, 35-42

Parallels between martial arts and mathematics are explored. Misguided public perception of both disciplines, studentsí misconceptions, and the similarities between proofs and katas are among the striking commonalities between martial arts and mathematics. The author also reflects on what he has learned in his martial arts training, and how this wisdom influences his mathematics teaching. As a result of his martial arts training, his awareness of how he teaches mathematics has shifted, and his understanding of his studentsí struggles has deepened. Finding the balance between theory and practice enhances the process of learning for both students and teacher.

About the Author:
Serkan Hekimoglu has graduate degrees in several disciplines. He teaches mathematics, statistics, and economics courses at a community college. He has practiced wrestling, taekwondo, and karate. He holds a first degree black belt in Shotakan karate.

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