Motion capture used to enhance Thai boxing movements

Motion capture used to enhance Thai boxing movements


I actually just started learning Thai
boxing back in January of this year.
Growing up, when I was a child, my parents
put me in Kung Fu and I just loved it.
I felt like it helped me develop as a person.
Motion capture analysis really
can help us as athletes or even to train
ourselves, coming down being mindful what
moves first. And really, the goal of that
will make you a more efficient fighter
or make you a more effective fighter
where you’re not generating as much power
that’s wasted and so I think it really
just makes your movements a lot more optimal.
The kick, or we call it teep –
there’s a lead teep and a rear teep – so
of course, the lead teep being in the front and the
rear teep coming from the back. So anytime we
throw a teep, basically what you want to
do is keep your center of gravity over your
stance leg. Everything kind of moves
about that center of mass and you
shouldn’t really see a whole lot of
movement in that center of mass but when you
throw that knee, same thing – you’re
stabilizing your stance leg joint and then you
throw so everything kind of generates the
power from that stability limb and then
you throw with that knee, which basically
should be nice and relaxed. When you
throw a jab, you’re coming from the elbow
and you’re throwing it out, right?
So everything stays nice and relaxed in the hands,
all your energy comes from that center
of mass. Same with that cross. Your body
goes first, hopefully that’s what you see,
see a nice twist in the body and then
you throw that cross. And the same thing with that
jab, so everything kind of follows that same
philosophy of moving over a stable base.

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