Fight Like a Physicist

Author: Jason Thalken, PhD
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
ISBN: 1594393397
Format: PDF, Kindle
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CRUSHES MYTHS. UTTERLY BRILLIANT! An in-depth look into the physics behind martial arts Whether you are an experienced martial artist or a curious enthusiast, this book gives you an “unfair advantage” by unraveling the complex science of effective fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work. Did you know? • Momentum is for knocking people over • Energy is for breaking bones and causing pain • A haymaker travels 3.14159 times farther than a jab • You are only an “object” when you are rigid Fight Like a Physicist blends inquiry, skepticism, and irreverent humor—all while punching holes in myth and mysticism. Highlights include • Making physics your “unfair advantage,” in the ring and on the street • Examining center of mass, pi, levers, wedges, angular momentum, and linear momentum for martial artists • Reducing traumatic brain injury in contact sports • Exposing the illusion of safety provided by gloves and helmets • Overturning conventional wisdom on compliance during an assault • Busting up Hollywood action clichés Fight Like a Physicist reads like a manifesto on the rational practice of martial arts. It’s intelligent, fun, and dangerous—and nothing short of iconoclastic.

Fight Like a Physicist

Author: Jason Thalken
Publisher: Ymaa Publications
ISBN: 9781594393389
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An in-depth, sometimes whimsical look into the physics behind martial arts for sport and self-defense. Experienced martial artists or curious enthusiasts, this book can give you an unfair advantage by unraveling the science of fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work. You will learn the truth about the illusion of safety provided by gloves and helmets, aiding you in reducing traumatic brain injury in martial arts, boxing, and contact sports.

The Art and Science of Staff Fighting

Author: Joe Varady
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
ISBN: 1594394121
Format: PDF, Docs
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NINE LEVELS, EASY TO EXPERT This book stands apart from other staff training manuals. While most titles focus on forms and twirling, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting emphasizes the dynamics of combat. The author draws on thirty years of martial experience, presenting the best of both Eastern and Western traditions. Joe Varady lays out a comprehensive course of study in nine levels, from beginner to expert. He guides readers through such fundamentals as stances, striking, blocking, and footwork. In advanced lessons, readers learn disarming techniques, groundwork, and facing multiple opponents. But this book is not just for staff enthusiasts. Even those unfamiliar with martial arts can adapt these techniques, increasing their skill and confidence in defending themselves. "Our environment is usually full of improvised weapons,” Varady writes. “Staff fighting techniques can be effectively applied in a self-defense situation using a walking stick, coatrack, curtain rod, floor lamp, hockey stick, fallen tree branch, broom, mop, shovel, or rake.” Equipped with this knowledge, readers will begin to realize that, in one way or another, they are nearly always armed—and capable of defending themselves. This book features • Nine levels of instruction, progressing from easy to expert • Over 600 photos with motion arrows • A “nondenominational” approach to staff, utilizing the best of Eastern and Western arts • A comprehensive, methodical approach to building staff skills If you are already a student of the staff, these lessons will not conflict with your katas or current style. Instead, they will augment your techniques, broadening your options. Whether you are an experienced staff fighter or a layman seeking practical techniques for self-defense, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting will help you develop the skills you need.

Biomechanics of Human Motion

Author: Emeric Arus, Ph.D.
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 135136992X
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book covers the general laws governing human biomechanics through an extensive review of martial arts techniques and references to fundamental theory. Using straightforward mathematics and physics, this work covers indepth the anatomical foundation of biomechanics and physiological foundation of human motion through specific and relevant martial arts applications. This book also covers the kinematics and kinetics of biomechanics via examples from martial arts and their comparison to different sports techniques. It is written to be used and referenced by biomechanical professionals and martial arts enthusiasts.

Vital Point Strikes

Author: Sang H. Kim
Publisher: Turtle Press
ISBN: 1934903051
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is a guide to pressure point striking for the average martial artist. Sang H Kim demystifies the lore of vital point striking and shows you realistic applications of vital point strikes for self-defence and combat sports. For those new to the concept of vital points, he begins by examining the Eastern theory of acupoints, meridians and ki (qi) and the Western scientific concepts of the nervous and circulatory systems, pain threshold and pain tolerance, and the relationship between pain and fear. This synthesis of accepted Eastern and Western theories helps the reader understand what makes vital point striking work and why it can be not only useful in fighting, but deadly. Based on this introduction, you will learn about 202 vital points for use in fighting including the name, point number, location, involved nerves and blood vessels, applicable techniques, sample applications, and potential results for each point. The points are illustrated in detail on an anatomically correct human model, with English, Chinese, and Korean names as well as point numbers for easy reference. In addition to identifying the vital points, Sang H. Kim gives you detailed information about the type of techniques that work for vital point striking including a discussion of fighting zones and ranges, plexus strikes, stance and footwork, bodily weapons, striking directions and angles and dozens of applications for common empty hand, grappling, groundfighting, knife and gun attacks. Based on over thirty years experience in the martial arts and in-depth research, Sang H. Kim has created one of the most complete books available on the art and science of vital point striking.

Martial Mechanics

Author: Phillip Starr
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
ISBN: 9781583942116
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Karate Science

Author: J. D. Swanson, PHD
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
ISBN: 1594394601
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Dynamics, motion, and sensation are karate’s connective tissue—and they are the heart of this book. As a lifelong student of martial arts, J. D. Swanson, PhD, had searched through piles of books on form and function. Stand here, they said. Step there. But where movement was concerned, not one of them went deep enough. No one discussed dynamics—the actual feeling of the moves. Martial instruction, both in print and in person, tends to focus on stances and finishing positions. But dynamics, motion, sensation . . . they are karate’s connective tissue—and they are the heart of this book. Karate Science: Dynamic Movement will help you understand the mechanics of the human body. Swanson describes these principles in incredible detail, drawing on examples from several styles of karate, as well as aikido, taekwondo, and judo. Whatever your martial background, applying this knowledge will make your techniques better, stronger, and faster. • Understand the major types of techniques, including their outward appearances and internal feelings. • Master the core principles behind these feelings. • Learn the biomechanics and dynamics of core movement. Karate Science: Dynamic Movement is filled with examples, anecdotes, and beautiful illustrations. Although Shotokan karate is the author’s frame of reference, the principles of human mechanics translate to all martial styles. This book features • Clear and insightful explanations of dynamic movement. • Over 100 illustrations. • Profound but accessible analysis of the kihon, or fundamentals of Shotokan karate. “Karate Science: Dynamic Movement is rooted in the teachings of the masters,” Swanson says. “This book nucleates that knowledge, clarifying and distilling the key principles behind movement dynamics. This is the next evolution of karate books.”

The Anatomy of Martial Arts

Author: Norman Link
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 1569757879
Format: PDF, ePub
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"With detailed anatomical drawings, this book precisely illustrates the inner workings of your body during key martial arts moves. Its color drawings, helpful photos and clear text make it easy to identify the specific muscles you need to train for maximum speed, power and accuracy. More than just an anatomy book, each section is accompanied by exercises and stretches to strengthen muscles, prevent injury, and improve form."--P. [4] of cover.

Parting the Clouds The Science of the Martial Arts A Fighter s Guide to the Physics of Punching and Kicking for Karate Taekwondo Kung Fu and the

Author: Grenville Harrop
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9780983704102
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is a book that's long overdue: One that provides information that has never before been published, compiled or analyzed in a way that's designed to help fighters. This is a guide to the science of kicking and punching that can settle the debates about which techniques are the most effective and why. It will help a fighter to fight, an instructor to teach and martial artists to advance by working things out for themselves. There is no magic involved in the martial arts. The force and power that is displayed by an expert fighter is the consequence of rigorous training in the accurate application of physical laws. Understanding how to use these laws of physics to create massive impact forces will provide a personal insight into the practice of correct technique and form. This unique piece of work will act as a technical reference that provides the facts and figures that fighters seek, including records of the maximum force and speed achieved by some of the best present day warriors, helping to answer many of the most difficult questions in the martial arts.