Laura Lee

High-Speed Video Analysis of Karate Kicks

A properly performed karate kick requires agility and balance to produce a maximum-speed kick during the largest possible range. In this project, high-speed video analysis at 300 fps was used to study three different kicks: (1) the front kick, (2) the side kick, and (3) the roundhouse kick. The front kick was found to produced the maximum speed in the shortest amount of time. In each case, the maximum speed plateaued for a brief time interval, producing an optimal range in which to strike the target. Videos, graphs, and data analysis or the three different kicks will be presented.

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