Introduction. The aim of the current study was to develop tests of kicking and movement speed specific to the demands of martial arts.
Material and methods. Tests of 3-kick (3-K) and 20-kick (20-K) speed, together with 3-directional jump (3-DJ) performance, were developed using a contact mat and examined for test-retest reliability. Forty youth exponents aged 13.8 + 1.2 y completed testing.
Results. Absence of systematic bias and reliability CVs for total time of 6.8% for 20-K and 9.0% for 3-DJ suggest these to be reliable measures. The observation of systematic bias and CV of 23.1% for total time in the 3-K test show this to be a less reliable parameter.
Conclusions. The study demonstrates the potential to develop reliable and specific field-based tests for martial arts.
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