Date

12-2009

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

David Braun

Abstract

Martial artists, such as boxers, kick boxers, and karate practitioners, use punching bags in training all the time to work on technique, speed and power but there hasn’t really been a good way to train reaction and combination speed (a combination is a string of strikes) without the aid of a training partner. Reaction and combination speed are important in competition because a faster competitor can attack successfully before his or her opponent has the time to react. This device aims to help martial artists increase reaction and combination speed through the use of randomly flashing targets attached to a punching bag. The give and take nature of the device (it gives a target and waits for the user to hit it then gives another) allows users of all levels to use the device. Novices can go at a slower pace to work on proper technique and advanced users can go as fast as they can, working on reaction and combination speed.

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