It may seem overwhelming even as a seasoned coach and athlete - on what to do with the data that 2020 Armor can provide. Once you finish reading this post, you will already be ahead of the competition and have a solid grasp on how to leverage this information to making better decisions and win more matches.
There are two groups of data points we can look at and make decisions from. The first group is physical data points, and the second group is sparring data points.
In the first group - physical data points - there are 3 types: Reaction time, Power and Stamina. What we suggest is to take a baseline, or a beginning measurement of each of these three data points once a week for two minutes using a back leg roundhouse kick alternating each leg. You can change up the frequency of data collection or the kicks you do later if you like, but this is a good starting point.
For example, you can collect the data on a Monday after training. Put the 2020 Armor vest on a BOB, connect the mobile app to the vest and do 2 minutes of reaction time, then 2 minutes of power and then lastly 2 minutes of stamina. It is important to measure the power and stamina on the same surface (for example a BOB) as different bags (i.e. a wavemaster) will give you a different power result than a BOB because of the density of the punching bags.
Once you have a baseline, you now have a starting point to determine whether the training (physical, diet, mental, pre-competition, post-competition, post-injury, etc) you are doing is making your reaction time, power, stamina better or worse. What gets measured, gets improved.
This is very powerful, because now you can tell before a competition if the results of your training are helping your physical capabilities. If you are below your baseline reaction time, stamina and power leading up to a competition, you can adjust your strategy.
We aggregate all the training data in the 2020 Armor app so you can see your results over time.
We created a detailed breakdown of why each of these data points are important in combat sports in this blog post here:
The second group of data points are sparring data points. These are data points that are automatically collected when a person spars with another person when you wear 2020 Armor and connect the app. Currently, there are 13 data points we collect. These range from the amount of pressure you are putting on the opponent, your blocking efficiency, number of hits, number of combos, etc.
We suggest having about 10 rounds, 2 mins each a week of sparring with different partners to start a baseline. After about 4 weeks you will start to see patterns in the data from your sparring matches that you never noticed before. Compare the data points from the matches you won to the matches you lost (we aggregate the date for you in the 2020 Armor app under “coach view”). For example, you may notice that in the matches you won, you always scored first. Or that your combo percentage was higher. Instead of judging your results based on only feeling, you have hard numbers to make decisions from.
We created a detailed breakdown of why each of these sparring data points are important in a this blog post here
So there you have it. We showed you how to get started on measuring and collecting physical and sparring data points. Once you start collecting the data, you will start seeing patterns emerge over time. Once you see the patterns, you can then make better decisions, and therefore win more matches.
Enjoy the fight.