Survey on sparring gear for senior engineering class

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  1. Quarren42

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    Hello everyone - for our senior engineering class, our group members decided to focus on redesigning sparring gear for martial arts. Would you all be kind enough to take your time and fill out our survey? It's short, with only 10 questions. Feel free to answer as much or as little as you wish. Link is down below. Thank you for taking your time to fill this out.

    Martial Arts Sparring Gear Survey
     
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    I had to stop partway through, because the survey asks about my gear as if it's a single unit. I have about a dozen different pieces I use (not all at once - several options for some pieces). Some, for instance, are comfortable, breathable, and don't limit movement. Some are hot and un-breathable. Some limit range of movement somewhat. I can't rate them on a single answer. You may wish to narrow the focus of your survey to a single item (gloves, or headgear, or foot protectors, or...), and ask participants to reply based upon the one they use most - their "primary _____".
     
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    Thanks for the feedback - we kept the focus of the survey broad because the purpose of the survey is less to gather specific answers, and more to confirm that there is a problem with sparring gear in the community. We're trying to make sure that the problem that we first defined (uncomfortable, breaks easily, etc) is actually a problem, and not just our group members having bad quality sparring gear.
     
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    Then perhaps the survey should ask questions like, "Have you experienced any of the following problems with your sparring gear..." And that could follow-up with questions about the price range/quality of the affected gear (I have gear that cost anywhere from under $10 to nearly $100 for a single part - some here will have paid more for some of theirs). This would help you isolate what segment of the market you are looking at. If you want to solve the problems with low-end gear (there are more problems there to work on), you'll need to know that limitation. If you want to solve problems not yet solved (so not solved in high-end gear), you'll have fewer options to solve, but fewer restrictions on potential production costs.
     
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    That makes sense - I'll work on changing around some of the questions on the survey to better isolate what people have problems with. Thanks!
     
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    I don't know how many martial artists you have on your team. As you are reworking the survey, you may want to enlist some opinions in advance of publishing it. Folks who use the gear can tell you whether the survey is allowing them to accurately transmit the kind of information you are looking for.
     
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    Hi Quarren42. I took your survey and hope it helps. The main problem with gear as I see it is primarily heat retention followed by bulkiness. Both necessary evils I assume, but if your engineering team were to pick one item to work on it should be expelling heat through less bulky materials. Anyone can find adequate protective gear since there are so many options, but to be fully protected usually means wearing very bulky, clumsy, and hot gear. If someone were to incorporate cooling mechanisms such as the high evaporation technology that is used for some neck wraps available or to incorporate some various materials such as internal light weigh plates with foam and perforations, it would help a great deal.
     
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    Completed, I hope it helps. It is a complicated subject. More complicated that the survey suggests, but I'm happy to see some attention to it.
     
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    I got through it OK, but I have to agree that it didn't ask the right questions.

    For me, there's really only one issue with my sparring gear - feet. I use the typical cheap Macho sparring gear with the exception of feet, which is Piranha. I love the Piranha gear for my feet, because all foam-dipped feet have the same basic problem - they are slippery underfoot. I've slipped while launching a kick because my foam-dipped feet 'straps' on the bottom slid on the carpet or mat or whatever I was standing on. Not acceptable. The rest is OK, although my head sweats like a leaky paint bucket from the foam helmet.
     
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    Welcome to Martial talk, Quarren42.

    I agree, difficult to answers the survey questions as they are. Too many variables - too many types of gear for too many different purposes. Is the gear for heavy contact sparring, kickboxing, light contact Karate, Muay Thai, Tae-kwon-Do, boxing?

    Inquiring minds want to know. :)
     
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    I took your survey, but I think it would benefit from having a comments section. Since it didn't, here are my comments:

    Use of protective gear, IMNSHO, has been driven by insurance companies. I think our sparring was better and more controlled when we only wore a mouthpiece and a cup. Gear gives us a false sense of safety and tends to make us think we can kit/kick harder because the other guy is padded up like the Michelin Man, and that leads to more injuries.
     
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    Here's an impossible task for the engineers: make protective gear that doesn't seem protective. Headgear that doesn't seem to protect the head (but does, at least a bit). Gloves that don't make the punches feel easier on the hand, but reduce the bruising and cuts on the other end. And so on.123
     

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