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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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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Matter Books (11 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983704104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983704102
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great book for anyone wanting to get behind the science of punches, kicks and strikes. As an instructor it can be used to reinforce/teach correct power generation and technique - a lot of it we already know but this book provides the science behind it. As a student it can be used to better understand how to move and perform techniques efficiently - you can also check to see if your instructor is on the right track too (never blindly follow what your instructor is saying - make them prove it to you). Not seen any book like this on the market. Some of the "mathematical" areas can be a bit heavy going - but it is a book explaining the science - so while it might not be something you think about again, it is good to know that every detail has been covered. Applicable for any martial art really!
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A must read for any Karate person or someone interested in sports physics with plenty of links to other sports and subjects. Loved it
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HASH(0x968c3af8) out of 5 stars Excellent 24 July 2012
By Loren W. Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I've been called many names over the years but Science Guy has never been one of them. So when I saw "Science" in the subtitle of Parting the Clouds, I immediately thought that I was the last guy to be reviewing this text. But I took a deep breath and charged up my discipline developed from training in the martial arts since 1965, and opened the first page.

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
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968c3b10) out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE 16 Mar. 2012
By Raymond Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book that has been long overdue. It details the anatomical physics of martial arts techniques. It will clear up disputes that have lasted for many decades as to how a technique should be executed to generate the most power. It is a book that details the proper mechanics of traditional karate. Instructors and students can easily benefit from the many illustrations. It is a must have for all styles of traditional karate.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968c357c) out of 5 stars One for the Martial Arts Library 5 Jan. 2014
By Somyunguy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book isn't overhyped; it is that good. I found it to round out my knowledge base by providing the math. The author takes the approach of a traditional martial artist retroactively validating the martial arts by giving the supporting math and available studies behind what they do. Interestingly in other Arts (using SGM Parker's American Kenpo as example) the concepts and principles he finds with math and attempts to explain are already defined and spelled out in layman's terms as it's basis, but in the aforesaid concepts and principles, the math is left out. So it all fits together like a puzzle, each coming from an opposite direction; one as base and one as validation.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968c3594) out of 5 stars Very technical 15 April 2014
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You can tell this guy is an engineer! He has really broken down the martial arts into a scientific manual. I did learn from this book but some of it was beyond me. that's why 4 stars. Like reading a textbook, but good knowledge.
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HASH(0x968c3060) out of 5 stars A must have 26 Aug. 2012
By Dr. G - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are serious about martial arts, this book needs to be on your shelf! It is the real physics of any Martial art. As the author is a Shotokan karateka techniques used are Japanese Karate for the most part
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