How too measure the force?

Discussion in 'Striking Martial Arts' started by pewart, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. pewart

    pewart Improving but ... not there yet.

    I have been thinking lately of making up a sensor kit to measure the force of a punch, kick or weapon strike. As it would be very unlikely that I am the first person to want to do this I thought I would sound out through BBF.
    So my question is what is the best sensor to use and what is the recommended set up to do this??
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  3. Locutus

    Locutus Your fight is futile, my hands are pounding you!

    This might give you some ideas.
  4. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    I can't look for the links right now but many years ago there was a commercially-available sensor that you could slip over a heavy bag - you might try Googling "martial arts strike sensor" or some such. Let us know what you find!
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  5. RJ Clark

    RJ Clark Tree Ninja Staff Member

    If you specifically want to rate your own stats for striking, these are the sensors used on Deadliest Warrior (as far as I know they still use this product line unless someone outbid them as a sponsor)
    If you want general striking forces for various weapons and strikes then simply pull up old episodes of DW and make yourself a chart based on their findings. You can check out YouTube as many have already made this easier by making Season 1 Weapons, etc.
  6. Charlay Atkins

    Charlay Atkins Samurai

    Here is a site I found in the Uk here it is called imptec they look pretty good but expensive. ;)
  7. Eric Dufurrena

    Eric Dufurrena The Iron Fist of Fun

    I think the Jedi can sense it in others, and how powerful they are with it.:eek:
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  8. Void_Karateka

    Void_Karateka Pauper Karateka

    When my instructor used to work for Ford he used the wall they crash cars against to test for impact forces. I can literally say I've been punched in the head with the force of a mini hitting me at 35mph :D

    (Edit, not sure the units measured probably punds per square inch. Will ask next time I see my instructor in the Dojo)
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  9. DeeD

    DeeD Nak Muay

    id love to use a sensor to measure improvement
  10. Caneman

    Caneman Test all things.

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    DeeD Nak Muay

  12. pewart

    pewart Improving but ... not there yet.

    Thanks all for the helpful tips on measuring sensors, I plan to get back on to these this year.

    Imptec looks to be the one for a fully built up unit, prices not too bad as long as they last a few years.

    The sensors themselves are only a few dollars, the chips to make them think are only a few dollars and the software to run the data is free. The problem is the expertise to connect them together and make 'em work is very expensive.
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