Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts
Fight Like a Physicist provides an in-depth, sometimes whimsical look into the physics behind martial arts for sport and self-defense. Whether you are an experienced martial artist or a curious enthusiast, this book can give you an "unfair advantage" by unraveling the complex science of effective fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work.In addition to breaking down the principles behind the punches, Dr. Thalken, a computational physicist with a long history of martial arts across various styles, applies the mind-set of a physicist to a number of controversial topics in the martial arts:Making physics your "unfair advantage," in the ring and on the streetExamining center of mass, pi, levers, wedges, angular momentum, and linear momentum for martial artistsProtecting the brains of fighters and football players from concussionsReducing traumatic brain injury in contact sportsExposing the illusion of safety provided by gloves and helmetsOverturning conventional wisdom on compliance during an assaultBusting Hollywood action mythsGiving the mystical side of martial arts a much-needed reality checkDr. Thalken invites readers to take a scientific approach to training and fighting, and provides all the tools necessary to get the most out of their experiences and make their training count.
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