Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Recreation and Sport Management (EdD)

Degree Level



Health, Human Performance and Recreation


Merry Moiseichik

Committee Member

Steve Langsner

Second Committee Member

Mary Ramey

Third Committee Member

Douglas Adams


Social sciences, Grounded theory, Martial arts, Teacher motivation


This qualitative study investigated the motivational factors that influence instructors to teach Filipino martial arts. The study was designed to address teaching from the perspective of the instructors’ experiences, and allowed them to tell their story in their own words. The following research question guided this study:

1. What factors motivate Filipino martial arts instructors to teach the Filipino martial arts?

Eight instructors were selected to participate in this qualitative study. The instructors were interviewed via telephone and Skype. Each instructor was also observed teaching. Additionally, documents pertaining to each instructor and the Filipino martial arts were collected and analyzed.

Two selective codes emerged from the data. The first selective code was Legacy. Legacy was supported by three axial codes: Preserve the Legacy, Provide for Personal Expression, and Enhance Personal Development. The second selective code was Sharing. Sharing was supported by three axial codes: Prepare for Self-Defense, Increase Pleasure, Provide Opportunities for Benefits and Achievements, and Become Part of a Family. Findings revealed that monetary gain was not a major factor influencing the instructors to teach the Filipino martial arts.