Pounding out the numbers in martial arts study
When it comes to the punch, can you rely on an Aussie, a
Canadian or an American?
University of Queensland PhD
James will be able to provide an answer upon completion of his
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Mr James is measuring the strength, power and endurance
capabilities of mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes across two
hemispheres to determine what separates professionals from
"It's free testing that is open to all fighters throughout South
East Queensland with a documented professional or amateur MMA
record," Mr James said.
"We can show participants immediately how they stack up against
the fighters we have tested so far in North America, and identify
strengths and weaknesses as a result.
"Despite the massive popularity of the sport at the moment,
there has been very little research in the field for such a
physiologically complex activity."
Born in Brisbane, but a resident of Canada for the past decade,
Mr James has been a long-time MMA enthusiast and recreational
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
He said UQ was a prime location to further his research, with
Queensland's popular rugby codes meaning there was an abundance of
athletes with the physical traits to adapt to MMA.
"The intriguing thing with MMA is that combination of high-end
strength and power with high-end anaerobic and aerobic output," Mr
"That's what makes them such physical specimens.
"And we're finding with testing that everyone loves to see how
they rank against fighters from the other side of the world.
"They are highly competitive people by nature."
The 90-minute sessions test maximal power through weighted and
unweighted exercises and maximal strength through dynamic lower-and
A whole-body isometric strength test is also conducted.
The second part of the study measures anaerobic and endurance
capabilities through various sprint activities and a high-intensity
Participants can elect to do all testing exercises or just
complete the strength and power, or anaerobic and endurance
Those wishing to join the study can contact Mr James on 0424 411
682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media: Lachlan James +61 0424 411 682, email@example.com ;
UQ Communications Robert Burgin +617 3346 3035, +61 0448 410