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~Read Pdf ♿ Fight Like a Physicist ☢ 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 WorkIn 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 Street Examining Center Of Mass, Pi, Levers, Wedges, Angular Momentum, And Linear Momentum For Martial Artists Protecting The Brains Of Fighters And Football Players From Concussions 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 Hollywood Action Myths Giving 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
I ve been taking boxing and muay Thai lessons for almost a year, and my trainer had mentioned this book to me somewhat early on, because just like many other areas of life, I am over analytical to my detriment when it comes to learning new moves I find it much easier to figure out how to move a certain way and or deliver a desired effect when I understand the why behind the motion, so I was very excited that a book existed that broke down the way my mind works when it comes to learning combat sports Really only the first few chapters of this book had these lessons that I was looking forward to reading The rest of it was analysis of the effectiveness of helmets in preventing injury, or a really weird chapter about guns that seemed tonally inappropriate for the current political climate I would have likedinformation about how to effectively strike and react in different situations withillustrations breaking down fight choreography I did learn a few things about stance and balance from this book, and my trainer noticed a difference in what I was able to do as a result. Fascinating and so helpful in constructing fight scene. I went into this book hoping to like it.I was, instead, deeply frustrated by it on a number of levels.First, about me, and why I found it disappointing I have a master s degree in engineering and have been a licensed engineer for five years meaning I ve been practicing engineering even longer than that As engineers go, I consider myself to have a very poor background in mechanics I am also a deployment veteran, have also been practicing sword and shield fighting for three years, off and on rifle marksmanship for twenty, and way back in the day I had about five years worth of martial arts at ten hours a week I am therefore familiar but not an expert with both fighting and the physics of material behavior, also known as mechanics.This book disappointed me because it failed to go into any depth on either field, and some of the things that it said in physics terms like the importance of momentum while neglecting force, because momentum is conservative, never mind that force and energy are also conservative were downright wrong headed, especially given that not three pages after dismissing force as a consideration, he plots out a force versus time plot Momentum is important, yes, but considering the importance of acceleration in brain injury, it is difficult, at best, to say that force commonly expressed as mass times acceleration has no impact, pardon the pun There was a very brief description of what happens when a punch lands, but it was too brief to be useful saying fight like a physicist and never once developing a free body diagram to describe the moment of impact and the transfer of kinetic energy from the fist to the face, the dispersing effect of skin and material on the energy transfer, and the result of rigid on rigid contact between knuckle and bone, and WHY it hurts both parties this is a pamphlet and a decent first draft effort for a paper, but it is not a book Which brings me to my second reason to dislike it the author s personal style For the first half of the book, it is exceptionally informal and almost cute, as if he s trying to say now, don t be scared, physics is your friend Well, you know, it s fighting, two of the rules of fighting are that everything takes time, and all other being equal, the shortest path is the fastest delivery It is as if he was attempting to write down a class series, and forgot that spoken and written communication are different what is acceptable spoken is a stylistic sin written, and vice versa.There is a third reason why I dislike the book He talks quite a bit about blocking, but very little about redirection again, if he had bothered laying out a free body diagram at some point, he could very easily have discussed why minimal forces can be used to redirect attacks that direct stoppage takes a lot of work to do Imagine, for instance, a punch or a rapier thrust, which comes along a fairly straight axis but has no resistance whatsoever to a redirection off that axis All of his discussion of defense assumes a hard block or a static defense, rather than a redirection, which would have been a tremendous opportunity for discussing physics in fighting The missed opportunities and logical outgrowths are maddening.Now, on to the good the discussion of padding, helmets, and the characteristics of protective gear are EXCELLENT He is clearly a subject matter expert on those subjects, and had quite a bit to say that I had to think through regarding sword work on that regard I came to the conclusion that a ten pound helm that s spaced half an inch off my head, for which the common dynamic assumption of roll no slip was invalid, was probably sufficient for resisting rotation induced injuries but I had to evaluate each of those steps based on his research I could ve done without the professional dismissal of engineers who, despite Dr Thalken s dismissal, are not trained to solve specific problems, but to solve problems using physical principles but his points about conscious development of your fighting technique were excellent.Summary it s not worthless, but it could have been so much better that I cannot in good conscience even give it my yep, I read that book rating. True to the titleThis book advocates something I try to do, which is the reason I chose to read it While Martial Arts are indeed arts, they are also techniques to make you a better human, if only by improving how you move and resist injury Any technique should be tested for possible improvements and validity This book gives a scientific approach to testing from a source who is both physicist and martial artist. This was an interesting book that mixes the interests of Martial Arts and Physics I preferred the first half of the bookas it went into the reasons and importance of some of the things that have been taught to me since I started Martial Arts Some of them things I kinda understood, like the importance of your center of balance and using your whole body in order to punch harder Others topics were brand new ways of looking at the differences in kinds of punches from a physics perspective, such as the differences between puttingenergy vs mass into a punch.The second half of the book was also interesting, but it dealtwith the physics behind CTE injuries, how to disarm someone with a knife gun, and the questionable value of qi in martial arts It is a pretty short book, so it didn t take long to get through, and it isn t very math heavy, so it is understandable by people with an appreciation of physics even if they don t have a great math background. It was an alright book.Felt that only 1 3 of the book was actually about the topic that I bought it for.I m not really sure what I was expecting, but none of the content actually told me anything new I guess I m not really an amateur with fighting experience, and have some basic fundamental grasp of physics and the like.Not saying anything was particularly bad, I just did not find it that insightful Excellent analysis of fighting from a scientific perspective of measurement Covers momentum v energy of striking as well as what causes KOs and microconcussions The author goes over studies and comes up with a 97 99% chance of survival in an armed assault by straight up running away, and gives stats that it is better to resist in threatening situations. I was very disappointed in this book Most of the book was spent on comparing different fighting gear, helmets, fist pads etc, and concussions I expectedon the strategy behind fighting footwork, body posture, position, etc. A littlebasic on the physics than I d hoped, but there s a lot of great info in here and he encourages further investigation, which is always great Definitely a great primer for any fighter or martial artist.