Back when I was training for the Olympics, I saw other sports use a technology called Dartfish to quantify the performance of top athletes and identify how other athletes could improve their game. But nobody used Dartfish for fencing.
We want to change that. Fencing University is now working with Scott Weiss, a physical therapist and founder of Bodhizone who helped me through my Olympic training, to quantify the sport of fencing.
We want to assign numbers to the perfect lunge and measure the ideal distance to keep from your opponent. We want to calculate the reasons why doing a lunge properly reduces injuries, and why doing them improperly increases injuries. We want to let the numbers explain when and why it’s better to take a small step in your advance lunge rather than a big step.
If you watch the video above, you’ll see that we’ve already played around with some of these ideas. But this is new territory for us. We’re just learning how to use Dartfish for Fencing and we don’t fully know how we can use Dartfish to get the most out of it.
So, we’re hoping that you can help by offering your ideas.
If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll see an area that says “leave a comment.” We want you to use that area to tell us what you would like to see us do with this technology.
If you have a good idea, we will definitely use it. This is new territory for the sport, and we want to move forward together. If we can make these numbers work, maybe we can raise the state of the game.
Thank you in advance for your participation. We couldn’t do this without you.