Differences in vertical jumping and mae-geri kicking velocity between international and national level karateka


  • Carlos Balsalobre-Fernández Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Víctor Martínez-Majolero Colegio Santa Isabel de Madrid
  • Jorge Villacieros-Rodríguez Federación Madrileña de Karate
  • Carlos María Tejero-González Universidad Autónoma de Madrid




Martial arts, combat sports, kata, explosive strength, high-performance.


Aim: Lower limb explosive strength and mae-geri kicking velocity are fundamental in karate competition; although it is unclear whether these variables could differentiate the high-level athletes. The objective of this research is to analyze the differences in the mae-geri kicking velocity and the counter-movement jump (CMJ) between a group of international top level karateka and another group of national-level karateka.

Methods: Thirteen international-level karateka and eleven national-level karateka participated in the study. After a standard warm-up, CMJ height (in cm) and mae-geri kicking velocity (in m/s) was measured using an IR-platform and a high-speed camera, respectively.

Results: Proceeding with MANCOVA to analyze the differences between groups controlling the effect of age, the results show that the international-level karateka demonstrated significantly higher levels of CMJ than national-level competitors (+22.1%, F = 9.47, p = 0.006, n2 = 0.311). There were no significant differences between groups in the mae-geri kicking velocity (+5,7%, F=0.80; p=0.38; n2=0.03).

Conclusion: Our data shows, first, the importance of CMJ assessment as a tool to detect talent in karate and, second, that to achieve international-level in karate it may be important to increase CMJ levels to values similar to those offered here.


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Balsalobre-Fernández, C., Martínez-Majolero, V., Villacieros-Rodríguez, J., & Tejero-González, C. M. (2013). Differences in vertical jumping and mae-geri kicking velocity between international and national level karateka. Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 8(1), 13–20. https://doi.org/10.18002/rama.v8i1.835