Comparison of Explosive Strength and Anaerobic Power Performance of Taekwondo and Karate Athletes

  •  Mahmut Alp    
  •  Bahar Gorur    


The aim of this study is to compare explosive strength and anaerobic power performance of taekwondo and karate athletes. 10 taekwondo and 10 karate athletes participated to the study voluntarily by taking “Informed Consent Form”. The athletes’ values were in taekwondo as mean of age 21±2.4 years, height 181.2±8.01 cm, weight 66.9±15.74 kg, sport age 7.5±5.52 years; in karate as mean of age 21.1±1.66 years, height 170.2±10.04 cm, weight 64.4±15.69 kg, sport age 10.5±3.83 years. Counter movement jump, standing long jump and Wingate Anaerobic Test were applied to the athletes. The data were analyzed by using statistical package program. Descriptive statistics were used for mean and standard deviation values, “Shapiro-Wilk” test was used to determine whether the data showed normal distribution or not and “Independent t Test” was used for comparisons. The results were evaluated according to “p<0.05” significance level. According to Independent t Test’s results of vertical and standing long jump tests, there were statistically significant differences in both vertical jump and standing long jump test averages of athletes (p<0.05). In comparison Wingate anaerobic test, significant differences were found in “Watt” values of groups’ Peak, Average and Minimum Power (p<0.05). In “kg/Watt” values of groups’, differences were found statistically significant in Peak and Minimum Power (p<0.05), while differences were not found significant in Average Power (p>0.05). As a result, when explosive strength and anaerobic power characteristics of taekwondo and karate athletes were compared, a difference was found between the two branches. The reason for this can be said to be different competition times, training programs, training methods and physical requirements of the branches. In addition, taekwondo athletes foot techniques, karate athletes using hand techniques more than foot techniques can be listed as the reasons for this difference.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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