Fighting Science

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If you want to reach your maximum potential on the street or in the ring, you need to go beyond conditioning and focus on getting the most out of every technique. In Fighting Science, Martina Sprague teaches you everything you need to know to successfully apply the laws of physics for maximum power in every technique. Includes 350 photos. <%PUBCOMMENTS%>Size and strength will take you only so far in martial arts. If you want to reach your maximum potential on the street or in the ring, you need to go beyond conditioning and ...
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Overview

If you want to reach your maximum potential on the street or in the ring, you need to go beyond conditioning and focus on getting the most out of every technique. In Fighting Science, Martina Sprague teaches you everything you need to know to successfully apply the laws of physics for maximum power in every technique. Includes 350 photos. <%PUBCOMMENTS%>Size and strength will take you only so far in martial arts. If you want to reach your maximum potential on the street or in the ring, you need to go beyond conditioning and focus on getting the most out of every technique. In Fighting Science, Martina Sprague teaches you everything you need to know to successfully apply the laws of physics for maximum power in every technique.

Start with ten fundamental fighting concepts to exploit your opponent's weaknesses and identify your strengths. Once you have a solid overview of these strategic concepts, move on to a detailed look at how things like momentum, rotational speed, friction, direction, impulse and conservation of energy can work for or against you. Not a science whiz? Don't worry about it. Martina breaks down each idea, giving you easy to understand examples and hundreds of practical applications for stances, striking, kicking, defenses, footwork, movement, throws, takedowns and grappling. This book is supplemented by hundreds of photos, detailed glossaries, summary and review sections and even quizzes to test yourself on what you've learned. Whether you'd like to gain a detailed understanding of the laws of physics for martial artists or just want a few hundred ways to get the edge on your next opponent, this is a must-have book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880336724
  • Publisher: Turtle Press Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 454,255
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Physics And Strategy: An Introduction To The Fighting Concepts
Ten Fundamental Fighting Concepts
Use Stronger Tools Against Weaker Tools
Use Techniques That Can Be Escalated
Eliminate Several Of Your Opponent's Weapons Simultaneously
Use Your Sense Of Touch
Use Several Weapons Together
Use Shock Value To Split Your Opponent's Focus
Rely On Superior Defense
Rely On Speed And Surprise
Use The Inferior Position As A Strength
Use Logical Sequencing Of Technique
Indomitable Spirit

Center Of Gravity: Balance, How Important Is It?
Balance And Stance
Center Of Gravity
The Power Of The Lead Leg Kick
Balance In The Hard And Soft Styles
Balance Manipulation In Throws
Balance Manipulation In Joint Locks And Takedowns
Summary And Review
Balance In Stances
Balance When Striking
Balance When Kicking
Balance In Defense
Balance When Moving
Balance In Throws And Takedowns
Balance When Grappling
Balance Quiz
Glossary

Momentum: Without Movement, Nothing Happens
Body Mass In Motion
Working With Momentum
A Different Look At Distance And Reach
Speeding Up Your Punches
The Power Of The Sideways Stance
Adding Momentums
Summary And Review
Momentum When Striking
Momentum When Kicking
Momentum In Defense
Momentum In Throws And Takedowns
Momentum When Grappling
Mass And Momentum Quiz
Glossary

Direction: F=ma, An Unbeatable Combination
Speed In Combinations
The Resultant Force
The Dangers Of Exhausting The Motion
The Overhand Projectile
Summary And Review
Direction When Striking
Direction When Kicking
Direction In Defense
Direction In Throws And Takedowns
Direction When Grappling
Inertia And Vector Quiz
Glossary

Rotational Speed And Friction: Circular Movement = Power
Jump Kicks
Jumping, Sliding, And Stepping
Circular Motion 160
Rotation Of The Fist
Torque
The Catch-22
The Speed And Power Of Spinning Techniques
Rotational Inertia
Summary And Review
Speed When Striking
Speed When Kicking
Speed In Defense
Speed In Throws And Takedowns
Speed When Grappling
Friction And Rotational Speed Quiz
Glossary

Impulse: Striking Through The Target
Decreasing The Time Of Impact In The Grappling Arts
Decreasing The Time Of Impact In The Striking Arts
Reversing Direction By Bouncing
Impulse When Kicking
Three Types Of Impact
Impulse Exercise
Summary And Review
Impulse When Striking
Impulse When Kicking
Impulse In Defense
Impulse In Throws And Takdowns
Impulse When Grappling
Impulse Quiz
Glossary

Conservation Of Energy: The Workload
What Is Power?
The Physics Of The One-Inch Punch
Conservation Of Energy
Using The Spinning Back Kick Strategically
Summary And Review
Conserving Energy When Striking
Conserving Energy When Kicking
Conserving Energy In Defense
Conserving Energy In Throws And Takedowns
Conserving Energy When Grappling
Energy Quiz
Glossary

Ki-netic Energy: Mind Over Matter
The Power Paradox
How Important Is Kinetic Energy?
Mind Over Matter
Flash Knockout
Other Incredible Physical Feats
The Strength Of The Arch
Imposing Your Will
Summary And Review
Kinetic Energy Quiz
Glossary

Conclusion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    Physics Is Important For Martial Artists

    Fighting Science is a book that adds another dimension to the Martial Arts---physics! While many Martial Artists use the principles of physics in their movemtments and techniques, many do not conscioulsy realize this or apply it to the full potential. Martina Sprague presents a clear and understandable way to utilize the law of physics both in the ring and on the street. Lots of pictures with clear explanations and diagrams makes this a must read. An added plus---can be used as math leasons for middle school students and above.

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