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Smart Kote Glove for Assessment of Scoring Parameters of Dan and Kyu Grade Kendokas

Smart Equipment Engineering and Wearable Technologies Research Program, Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 225; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060225
Published: 13 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of The Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association)
Kendo is one of the most ancient swordsmanship arts in Japan. The aims of this study are to develop and test an innovative smart Kote glove for assisting the Kendoka to distinguish scoring from non-scoring Kote (wrist) strikes. An in-house developed pressure sensing platform was utilized to develop the smart Kote glove. Ten kendo practitioners, comprising of five Dan (black belts equivalent) and five Kyu (lower level/ungraded of both genders), participated in this study. The results showed significant differences between Dan and Kyu participants in both accuracy and sharpness of the strikes. Dan grade participants showed higher percentage of hitting the target comparing to Kyu grade (92% and 75% respectively). The percentage of scoring was also significantly higher in Dan (78%) than in Kyu (37%) grades. The average impact force of scoring by Dan grade (1159 ± 379 N) was higher than by Kyu grade (852 ± 429 N).
Keywords: kendo; smart kote glove; scoring sensor; automatic scoring system; pressure sensing platform; sport technology kendo; smart kote glove; scoring sensor; automatic scoring system; pressure sensing platform; sport technology
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Jeong, K.; Tan, A.M.; Fuss, F.K. Smart Kote Glove for Assessment of Scoring Parameters of Dan and Kyu Grade Kendokas. Proceedings 2018, 2, 225.

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