Case study

The first test case, at Norfolk Shukokai Karate, was mostly carried out by Paul Marples, who worked in association with two other black belts with varying levels of skill, experience, weight and height. Despite training for 20 years in Shukokai Karate, Paul is a Sandan whose provenance includes “ikken hissatsu” or “one strike kill”, Kendo (Paul holds a first Dan black belt) and a passing interest in Goju Ryu Karate, Karate-Jitsu, Aikido and Jujitsu, Paul has no idea other than the sound impacts make, what power his techniques generate. Which is the most and least powerful, what needs to be improved or how one gauges that improvement? Paul is aware and practices most of the known theoretical ways of peaking and focusing power development namely plyometrics, the Shukokai double hip movement, kinetic energy and reverse abdominal breathing or, indeed, a combination of them all. StrikeMate delivers for the first time, the ability to isolate and analyse the contribution of each technique. Power development is no longer theoretical, but measurable, comparable, analytical and replicable, virtually guaranteeing improvements in power.

Initial tests centred around four hand, and three kicking techniques. The average and maximum power measured for each technique are presented in the first table.Measurements were taken over repetitions of approximately four techniques.

Paul Marples

Black Belt 3rd Dan
Age: 33
Height: 1.78m
Weight: 73kg

Strike   franklins(f)
Straight Punch   7941
Knife Hand   3934
Bottom Fist   4045
Elbow Strike   11479
Side Kick   13239
Round House
Front Kick   8941

Back Belt 2nd Dan
Age: 44
Height: 1.65m
Weight: 66kg

Strike   franklins(f)
Straight Punch   7447
Knife Hand   4792
Bottom Fist   5857
Elbow Strike   5728
Side Kick   6136
Round House
Front Kick   9145

Black Belt 1st Dan
Age: 32
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 65.3kg

Strike   franklins(f)
Straight Punch   5491
Knife Hand   4866
Bottom Fist   7333
Elbow Strike   7168
Side Kick   15930
Round House
Front Kick   6763

The implications of this early data are quite profound. For the first time martial artists at all levels can benefit from knowledge of this data to keep ahead of their training. It can also make comparisons with others using the equipment of similar body mass, height, age, grading, gender and style. The scope for analysis and comparisons is endless. Anyone from white belt beginners to Masters are all ideal candidates for testing and measurement.



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"Power development is no longer theoretical, but measurable, comparable, analytical and replicable, virtually guaranteeing improvements in power."

Kevin Franklin,
Strike Research Founder