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 Mixed Martial Arts Paperback – 11 Dec 2011
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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.
About the Author
Grenville Harrop is a Master of Science and Fourth-Dan Shotokan Karate-ka who is privileged to have spent over thirty years training and teaching with many of the world's best instructors and fighters.
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To my delight, I found Harrop's book to be information rich and -- oh so important to science slugs like me -- highly readable, easy to understand, and just plain fascinating.
Finally, the answers, based on science, not speculation, rumor and guesswork, to such questions as:
Who hits harder? MMA? TKD? Kung fu?
What's the power difference between a penetrating blow and a snapping technique? Or a high kick and a low kick?
How can you hit harder, faster and more explosively?
Can you hit hard without this information? Some might but most won't. Can you double maybe triple your force, power and speed by applying the easy-to-understand laws of physics taught in this book? Absolutely.
Highly recommended for teachers, new students and veterans.
Loren W. Christensen, martial arts Masters Hall of Fame Recipient, 2011
In summary, this is an excellent book both for validation and perhaps improvement on what you may be doing, but it isn't a complete picture. I highly recommend the Encyclopedia of Kenpo (and additionally Infinite Insights Into Kenpo, vol. 1-5) which can be found on Amazon, to fully round out the picture. Parting the Clouds provides the validating math, and the Encyclopedia of Kenpo provides the names and descriptions of principles he has found with that math but lacks the definition for.
A must have for the serious martial artist.