Fighting Trainer - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

We have been making games (serious and entertainment) and apps for since 2012.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The biggest challenge with this app was (and still is) the motion capturing of the moves. We used a motion capture studio in our town of Leeuwarden several times. Where we recorded the moves performed by Erwin van der Helm and his associate. The capturing of about 25 moves takes about a day, but then the "fun" starts of cleaning and processing these moves. This process can take several months.

Critical Bit was founded in the summer of 2012. We are an independent game & app developer based in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. We started this because of our passion for games. Critical Bit games are accessible and easy to learn while still offering the depth and novelty to keep players engaged. We believe that gaming can play a serious role in training and education. Games have the power to engage people in ways that traditional media haven’t achieved yet. Games can be used to train management and decision making skills, explain abstract concepts and models, simulate controlling a boat or plane, let the player experience medieval life from a historical perspective. Whether it is a training program or an educational game; Games can make learning fun! We develop for iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android (phone and tablet), PC and web. Our projects also make use of VR (Virtual Reality) using for instance the Oculus Rift and AR (Augmented Reality). We also, occasionally, make boardgames.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

In our 3 man company we use Slack a lot. And try to always set up a dedicated Slack for each client we work with. And since we are a hands-on company, it is indispensable to have access to this app even when we are away from our keyboard. This and the Google Play Console app, so we can keep an eye on anything happening with our apps (mainly Fighting Trainer).

How long have you been working on this app?

This app, Fighting Trainer, has been in the making since 2015 when we first released it on the store.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We created the app because our client, Erwin van der Helm, believed it could benefit his students of martial arts to have an app that they could use to reference and study the moves both during class, but mostly, at home as well. At the time there weren't any apps that provided what he was looking for. Or they simply weren't very good. So he approached us to create the app. Mainly for him and his students.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Our app uses motion captured animation to show the moves in the best way possible; accurate, viewable from every angle and in slow-motion or at regular speed. Other apps often use drawings, simple 2d animations, video or even just a lot of text describing what to do. All of this has many downsides. Which we believe have been overcome by using motion captured animations and providing controls to view them any way you like.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We are working on adding training programs, which will provide the users with a way to train more easily. Which is stepping away from the initial design intended to be used next to training at a gym. Which we still encourage wholeheartedly. But have also heard many many stories of our users whom have used the app to self-teach. Especially during these times of COVID19, but also for many people who simply do not have a gym close by or the means to pay for lessons. We intend to add more and more features for these users.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Our app is free. Please try the app and take a look if you like it. If you like our app please leave a review. This helps us a lot. And if you don't like it. Please contact us directly with your feedback. We hear and reply to all complaints/suggestions/feedback/... Of course, when you do like the app, sharing the app on social media would be awesome! :-)

Fighting Trainer

About App:

Are you looking for an easy way to learn Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)?

Do you want to improve your existing level by practicing and studying Martial Arts at home?

Look no further.

This exercise tool is a professional demonstration of Real Fighting Moves for your daily Martial Arts training and to help you defend yourself.

What it does:
Fighting Trainer is a how-to app. It allows you to see exactly how to perform each of the 90+ Fighting Techniques.

Teach yourself Martial Arts - though we advise you to be mindful of your surroundings and careful with your body.

Learn how to perform some of the most powerful techniques in MMA correctly. Techniques used by UFC Professionals.
Study the movements to better understand them.

We recorded the moves with professional Martial Artist - Erwin van der Helm* using Motion-Capture technology. This results in accurate animations.

The app provides a vast amount of techniques that you can see in 3D.
Rotate around it, and re-position the angle to see in perfect detail how you should perform every technique.

Use the intuitive controls to slow time(slow motion), replay that one part that you find difficult. Play the animation at half speed to capture every detail of the Martial Arts moves.

The timer will help you practice the move for a set amount of time.

How it can help you:
It helps you understand how to move your body to perform the fighting techniques. Unlike when watching videos, you can rotate and slow down the animations to not miss any details. To become a better fighter, you need to gain a detailed understanding of the techniques.

• 90+ Mixed Martial Arts punches, kicks, combinations, blocks and takedowns
• 10+ World-class moves and combinations, including Superman Punch and Tornado Kick
• High quality, realistic and professional fighter animations
• Watch the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) moves from every angle
• Slow motion option to watch every move in detail
• Add moves to your favorites for easy access
• Use the timer to practice a move for a set amount of time
• Share what you are training with your friends on Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat or any other Social Media
• All moves are available offline

All moves are motion-captured by a Professional Kick-Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Trainer and Karate World Champion with the help of 4 other World Champions in several Martial Arts disciplines.

Categories: Health & Fitness

Date: June 29, 2020

Developer: Critical Bit

About developer: Critical Bit was founded in the summer of 2012. We are an independent game & ... Read more



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