Visual anticipation in kickboxing: The effects of skill on gaze behaviour when possibilities for action change.

Introduction In combat sports, gaze behaviour, visual search and (visual) anticipation have been studied within a range of different disciplines (judo [1], karate [2], fencing [3]). Expert taekwondo athletes can perform a roundhouse kick under 200 ms [4]. However, the time between a non-anticipated stimuli and the onset of a response of the taekwondo athlete … Continue reading Visual anticipation in kickboxing: The effects of skill on gaze behaviour when possibilities for action change.

Feedback in martial arts: The effect of strike force feedback on exploratory behaviour in martial arts.

Introduction In martial arts, the creativity is reflected in the capability to effectively (i.e., with high force) perform a high number of techniques and variations within these techniques [1]. The development of new and effective actions requires exploratory behaviour [2]. Hence, ways to enhance exploration seems beneficial in martial arts. Exploration of different actions can … Continue reading Feedback in martial arts: The effect of strike force feedback on exploratory behaviour in martial arts.

Effects of skill on motor creativity in striking tasks

Introduction When hitting forcefully with the hands or feet, optimal performance involves adapting to changes in conditions. For instance, when modifying the distance between the individual and target (or opponent), maintaining performance (e.g., high impact force) requires variability in the movements supporting a given technique [1, 2]. Additionally, the capability to appropriately change which technique … Continue reading Effects of skill on motor creativity in striking tasks

Nonlinear teaching of combat technique

Introduction Nonlinear pedagogy emphasizes that learning should be situated in real-game contexts, in order to acquire functional information-action couplings [1]. However the majority of combat sports related teaching programs remain linear in nature. In judo for instance, a common belief among high coaches is that a technique should be thoroughly drilled, before it can be applied … Continue reading Nonlinear teaching of combat technique

Evidence-based classification of vision impairment in Paralympic judo

Introduction To compete in Paralympic sports, all athletes must undergo classification to determine whether they are eligible to compete and to allocate eligible athletes to different sport classes. Judo is one of the most popular Paralympic sports for athletes with vision impairment (VI), with partially sighted and blind judokas competing against each other within the … Continue reading Evidence-based classification of vision impairment in Paralympic judo

Disentangling duelling judoka: Automated combat performance analysis

Introduction Knowing an opponent’s strengths (and weaknesses) can make the difference between winning and losing in sport, but obtaining this knowledge is typically very expensive and time-consuming. In combat sports, performance analysts are still required to watch and code video footage of opponents manually in order to identify the actions performed by each player. Given the … Continue reading Disentangling duelling judoka: Automated combat performance analysis