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  • The Future Of Martial Arts?
    Here is an article that shows how some are trying to combine traditional MA training with 21'st century technology.
    Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing (or irrelevant either way)?
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      Christopher Adamchek im excited for UWM to come out soon, definitely bringing martial arts into the future
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki Of course, Star Trek's holodeck is the ultimate combination of martial arts & technology :) -
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      Andy [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] and [212770,Al W], I agree, even if this technology worked as advertised there are still some very serious fundamental flaws regarding actual striking development. For a start just measuring force is of very little consequence without considering the actual impact implications of a 'perceived' strike without taking into consideration the effect that such force would have on the knuckles (or other striking area) and this can only really be developed or measured accurately by striking actual physical objects (and by diligently conditioning the various parts of the body used to deliver strikes to a level where they will not be damaged by high powered impact), also, in both weapon and unarmed techniques there is the matter of Kime (focus/concentration of force applied to the target area), in advanced martial arts techniques such as Tamashiwari/Tamashigiri (breaking or cutting) the exact point of focus is actually a point 'beyond' the initial target area (the full force of the technique is to go through rather than stop at the intended target) and this can only be understood and achieved by actual physical practice (and tuition).
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki [171807,Andy]

      Went to the firm's website. No info on how the product works. Not a good sign.

      If it is just sensors in a glove tied into an iphone/ipad app then I don't see how it is very useful (other than giving some type of measurement of punching power). It would need to be tied into a Kinect-like motion sensing system that "monitors" all of your movements and tells you when a technique is flawed (i.e. when you have missed a step in a kata). However, the current Kinect gaming system can't be ideal as interest in this computer gaming platform doesn't seem as high as traditional thumb-based games.

      This technology would also have the flaw of no-training partners so not very useful for learning kumite/sparring, self-defense, etc.

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        Al W At best this would be used as a MA based keep fit video for in the home. It would have to have a disclaimer saying that "Under No Circumstances should anyone attempt to use these techniques without proper Martial Arts Instruction"
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          Will - Black Belt Wiki Funny, I think many of the current martial arts Kinect games are fitness-based games that just sense if you have kicked or punched the required number of times for the exercise routine versus providing any details on whether the technique was correct (i.e. not sensitive enough to tell you to stop kicking with your toes :).
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      Al W App and youtube are good for ideas, you still need an instructor to help you perfect your technique
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      Andy Here are some more MA apps,
      Are they relevant or just cashing in on tech savvy martial artists?

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