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FPS – First Person Sparring Videos

One of the keys to fully understanding martial arts, like Kenpo, is to observe and learn from all three points of view.

Head Gear with GoPro Camera

Head Gear with GoPro Camera

The view points are yours, your opponent’s, and the bystander (third person)  watching both. Using video of your sparring sessions is a great way to improve your skills. You can see how you performed and consider alternatives of what to do in the future. A difficulty though is while you’re sparring, you are in the first person point of view. But when watching the videos, you’re in the third person point of view. Comparing the view points in your head can be complicated.

What we tried to do in a recent sparring class was shoot video from a first person point of view. We added a GoPro Hero camera to the top of a head gear. Following are four videos from the sparring class. Using these videos, and future ones, we want to gather as much information as possible. For example: where the opponent kept their hands, where you could/should be watching on the opponent’s body, if you turn your head away during a clash, and much more. Thinking and adjusting based on what we see will help us be better fighters. Plus it makes for some cool videos.

Serra vs Mr. Bowley (Mr. Bowley is wearing the camera)

Emalee vs Serra (Emalee is wearing the camera)

Serra vs Mr. Bowley (Serra is wearing the camera)

Serra and Emalee vs Mr. Bowley (Mr. Bowley is wearing the camera)

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Sam Bowley
McKinney, TX

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