Motor skills as predictors of competitors` selection in karate
Izet Kahrović, Srećko Jovanović, Benin Murić, Olivera Radenković, Vladan Milić, Rifat Mujanović, Sanija Bejtić. State University of Novi Pazar, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Study Program of Sport and Physical Education, Serbia; University of Belgrade, FSPE, Serbia; Elementary School „Halifa bin Zaid Al Naxjan“, Novi Pazar, Serbia.

indent Abstract
The goal of the research, which encompassed a wide range of indicators, was to examine the predictive value of motor abilities of karatekas in competitive selections, regarding their competitive orientation towards a certain discipline: kata or kumite. Related to set object and goal of research, a hypothesis was set up: motor skills are significant predictors for competitive selection of karatekas. The sample of respondents was made of male karatekas, aged 12 to 14, who are in regular training process and who compete in current competitive system. The research encompassed 79 karatekas, of which 37 compete in kumite, 23 compete in kata, and 19 in both disciplines. To evaluate general motor skills of karatekas, 15 tests were applied, 3 tests for each of the following set: repetitive strenght, explosive strenght, speed, coordination and flexibility. Descriptive statistical parameters were applied, Multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) and analysis of covariance (АNСОVА). Statistical significance was analyzed at (p<0.05) level. Results obtained confirmed the set up hypothesis of predictive value of motor abilities of competitive selections karatekas.