The PowerKube is a device which measures the power of a strike based on the motion of an accellerometer under constraint by a known compressive resistance element. It provides three values which can give the user a good indication of the type of penetrative kinetic energy and power that they are able to generate in their strike. The three values are Compressive Energy, Speed Power and a composite value called the Franklin made up of the previous two units with industry-governed weightings. The Franklin is a popular unit within combat sports which is used to represent striking power.
The Loadstar load cell (Boxing Kit)
The Loadstar Load Cell is an industrial load cell mounted on an aluminium plate with an aluminium strike face covered in padding for use in measuring striking force. Load cells are used in industry to measure static or dynamic force. The software package used to interface with the Loadstar load cell produces a very precise and high-resolution graph of applied force over time. All of the raw numerical data produced by the load cell is saved to a spreadsheet for all official tests. The load cell can sense forces up to over 7kN (1600lb or 725kg). The Loadstar load cell is used to measure a range of human force-based KPIs including striking, sustained isometric strength, stability and core strength.
Isometric Short Bar
The Isometric Short Bar is a short lifting bar which is fitted with adjustable chains and used in conjunction with the load cell to perform various isometric strength holds and tests.
The High-Precision Timer
The High Precision Timer (Multi-Timer by Industrial Equipment and Control IEC Melbourne, Australia) has been designed for accurate laboratory experimental work and has a very high resolution of 0.1 milliseconds which allows very accurate and precise measurements of the time component of human movement.
The Speed and Precision Station
The Speed and Precision Station is a prototypical device developed specifically for MARTEL in order to test reaction, response and accuracy. At its heart, it is essentially a simplified wooden dummy similar to those used in Wing Chun and other forms of traditional Chinese Kung Fu consisting of a central striking pad and an upper and lower arm. That's where the similarity with tradition ends, however. It is fitted with sensitive tactile microswitches, capacitive touch sensors, a visual indicator light, a high-frequency counter and ports to connect to the high-precision timer. The central pad is fitted with a sensitive microswitch which only responds to strikes that fall in the target area. The upper and lower arms are fitted with capacitive touch sensors on either side which respond instantly to human touch. Any of the on-board switches or sensors can interface with either the on-board counter or the high-precision timer. It is used for a range of measurements of human martial movement including striking speed, accuracy, strike reaction and response times and block reaction and response times.
Speed and Precision Station Activators
Several activators are sets of switches used in conjunction with the Speed and Precision Station and High Precision Timer to activate the visual indicator light, event counter and start or stop the timer.
The Jump Pad is essentially a large, flat, instantaneous push-button used to measure various plyometric jumps. It is supplied with a port to connect to the high precision timer. When the Client's body leaves the Jump Pad, it sends a signal to the timer to start timing. When the Client lands, the Jump Pad stops the timer. This time measurement is used to calculate jump height but is useful on its own as a measure of “air-time”.
Hand-held force gauge
The hand-held force gauge is a high-precision mechanical force sensor which can be used to sense both pushing and pulling forces up to the equivalent force exerted by 50kg in mass. It is used for a range of measurements including some of the resisted stability tests and pain tolerance tests.
The Electronic Hand Dynamometer is used to measure isometric grip strength. It provides an output in kilograms and can measure up 90kg of force.
The Sit and Reach Block
The Sit and Reach Block is a board which folds out of the wall and which is provided with a graduated scale in centimetres and a foot-stop. It is used to perform the Sit and Reach standardised flexibility test.
The GoPro Camera
When the additional service of full video recording of tests is required by the Client, the device used is the GoPro Hero Action Video Camera. The large viewing angle and high resolution image lends itself well to recording details of a Client's test performance.