Australian Kendo takes a 'Smart' approach to World Championships
Kendo success fueled by CDI PhD student
by Ryan Malcolm 25 Sep 2018
The Australian Women’s Kendo Team has reached the podium for the first time in their history, competing at the World Kendo Championships in South Korea earlier this month.
At the 17th instalment of the world championships, the team performed exceptionally, placing third behind traditional heavyweights Japan (1st) and Korea (2nd) and equal with Canada.
An unprecedented result for Australian Kendo, the team’s rapid ascent on the world stage has been furthered by their Deputy Head Coach Mr Kwangyul Jeong, an elite professional Kendoka in his native South Korea and current PhD student within the Centre for Design Innovation.
(The Australian Womens Kendo Team secured their best finish ever, third at the World Kendo Championships)
‘Daniel,’ as he is more commonly known at Swinburne, has devoted his PhD to developing an automated scoring system for use in elite Kendo competition, through the implementation of sensor technology in existing Kendo armour.
Daniel has acted as the Deputy Head Coach of the Australian Kendo for the previous two years, following a professional career which saw him win the Victorian Kendo Championship four times, transposing his vast expertise into the exisiting Kendo regime.
Despite these commitments, Daniel is currently finalising a PhD as part of the CDI’s Smart Equipment Engineering and Wearable Technology Design Department.
“This is an unexpected and still unbelievable result, yet it proves how extensive fighting experience can be put into practice scientifically,” says Professor Tino Fuss, Program Director for Smart Equipment Engineering and Wearable Technology Design.
“The team is very proud to have an elite athlete in our midst, who is also an excellent researcher!”
(Kwangyul 'Daniel' Jeong represented Australia as Deputy Head Coach at the 2018 World Kendo championships in Incheon, South Korea)
Daniel’s automated scoring system revolves around the use of smart sensors within responsive clothing, in order to measure the force and accuracy of a strike before it is conveyed to referees.
His investigation has significantly reduced the likelihood of human error in Kendo scoring, and improved parity in competitive tournaments.
Daniel is due to travel to South Korea again in mid-October to present his extensive research at the Asian Sports Biomechanics conference.
Daniel's work has recently gained exposure as part of Swinburne's Design News, with additional information available here: https://bit.ly/2E10fHG