Monitoring of Bioelectrical and Biomechanical Signals in Taekwondo Training: First Insights

  • Bruno AmaroEmail author
  • Joel Antunes
  • Pedro Cunha
  • Filomena Soares
  • Vítor Carvalho
  • Hélder Carvalho
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics book series (LNCVB, volume 27)


Taekwondo is an Olympic combat sport that has gained much popularity in the last years. Portugal is not an exception to the substantial growth of this martial art. Currently there are about 4500 practitioners of this art affiliated in the national federation. Several have already produced excellent results not only in national but also in international competitions, recognized by the International Olympic Committee of Portugal, Taekwondo European Union and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). This work is a joint project between the University of Minho, Sporting Club de Braga Taekwondo section and the National Technical Team of the Portuguese Federation of Taekwondo. It is aimed at developing a system to analyse, monitor and quantify the athlete performance in real time. The developed system should be able to help the athlete improve his/her technique and performance by monitoring his/her heart rate, analyzing and identifying the technical movements in the training by comparing the various movements performed, as well as quantifying variables related to the athlete’s performance. Visual cues for the heart rate and performance are indicated by LEDs. With this system, we propose a contribution to innovation and development in Taekwondo training.


Bioelectric Biomechanic Martial arts Motion analysis Taekwondo 



This work is financed by FEDER funds through the Competitivity Factors Operational Program - COMPETE and by national funds through FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology within the scope of the project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136. Pedro Cunha thanks FCT for PhD scholarship SFRH/BD/121994/2016.

Special thanks to Coach Joaquim Peixoto, as well as Sport Club de Braga Taekwondo section and to the national team, for allowing us to use their training site, as well as seeing/participating in training to test the developed system, and in general, for all the cooperation provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Amaro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joel Antunes
    • 1
  • Pedro Cunha
    • 1
  • Filomena Soares
    • 1
  • Vítor Carvalho
    • 2
  • Hélder Carvalho
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Electronics, Algoritmi Research CentreUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  2. 2.School of Technology, Barcelos and Algoritmi Research Centre, IPCAUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Textile Engineering, 2C2T Research CentreUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal

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