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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

A Cheap, but Scientific Solution This can be done cheaply (and reasonably accurately) with a smartphone, your fists, and some physics (which can be streamlined in excel or other spreadsheet). You want ...
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Does size matter?

Many small grapplers have found success fighting bigger opponents. Lightweight Leandro Lo won the Brazilian open-weight nationals. Marcelo Garcia went on a tear in ADCC and Worlds for several years in ...
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Systema: "Beyond the physical" force generation

There is no such thing as force generation without muscles. All animals use muscles to pull tendons which connect to joints. That causes the joints to move in a given direction, which causes limbs to ...
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How can I build striking power?

From a physics perspective, one way to think about striking is impulse: To have an effective strike, you want to: Maximize mass. The normal advice is use your whole body to strike. This means that ...
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How can I build striking power?

First, let's cover some basic context. Coordination of muscle is key It helps to have muscle, but... the real key is coordinating your muscles to work together to generate power. It's the same ...
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When is the best time to kihap while executing a strike?

The kiai, kihap, or "shout" serves many different purposes. It can help provide focus by association (you shout when you strike in practice, so shouting in combat helps you land that ...
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

I use this the EVERLAST PIQ TRAINER It measures power in G-forces, speed in km/h and is quite accurate (I've let various students try it) It's a good activity tracker for punches as it can ...
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

It's generally very difficult to measure the force very meaningfully, i.e. in some way that would let you compare different techniques, variations in timing/body-mechanics that you're aware of, even ...
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Systema: "Beyond the physical" force generation

Every muscle in your body pulls and they only pull. They only generate force while contracting and it's the only way your body can generate force. In order for your body to function, every muscle must ...
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Activate a car's airbag with a kick

No, at least not modern airbags. Since the activation depends on several sensors switching at the same time, and they typically need that the whole car is accelerated with 3-5g including the ...
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Activate a car's airbag with a kick

Possibly in an older car. If you are driving an early 1980’s car with airbags, then the little metal ball in the little tube behind the grill was forced to push the spring all the way back to the ...
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Does size matter?

Size does matter, but only if you play to their strengths and not yours. A 6'+ will have reach on you, yes, but will be at a significant disadvantage when it comes to a low center of gravity and when ...
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Does size matter?

Yes, obviously size matters for martial arts. Success in martial arts is a combination of speed, strength, skill, technique, bravery, etc. If you are smaller, you have to make up for being smaller ...
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Increase left hook power

`In 1950´s T. Hettinger and E. Muller (1953, 1955) established that a daily effort of 2/3 maximum, for a period of six seconds, would increase strength by approximately 5% per week. One reason for ...
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When is the best time to kihap while executing a strike?

For the sake of answering, I'm going to assume you're asking "When is the best time to kiai in order to maximize effect?" Leaving aside any psychological benefit, the physiological effect of ...
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Which leg muscles create the most punching power and how to strengthen them

The proper power association in punches is not just a leg muscle, but the pivoting of the body behind the punch. This being the case depending on which side you are using most of the leg muscles are ...
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Systema: "Beyond the physical" force generation

I've had the opportunity to work out with Vasiliev and Ryabko about a decade. I've since retired, not for lack of satisfaction, but was sidelined by a skiing injury, after which I focused more on ...
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Is weight class related to injury risk in combat sports like MMA or boxing?

This appears true as measured by brain damage in boxers. The following is the excerpt from the "A neurologist's reflections on boxing. V. Conclude remarks." by Unterharnscheidt F. Clinical and ...
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Designs for a Board Breaker / Board Holder?

Here is a design I created in the 1990s using CAD software. I have used it for decades to break 1x12 common pine boards in stacks of 1 to 10. Enjoy, -Peter http://world.std.com/~pce/holder1a.ps
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Systema: "Beyond the physical" force generation

Qi manipulation, psychic phenomenon, and the like are pure hokum. The only internal forces that people can generate to effect the outside world are via our muscle tissue. There may be some subtle ...
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Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?

From an exercise science standpoint, we're looking at a few factors: muscle contraction, breathing efficiency, and metabolic function. The body works better when only contracting or only stretching, ...
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Karate practise by thera band

Fundamentally, no it won't. A punch is a delivery of kinetic force; a resistance band will simply help you burn more calories and maybe increase your muscle tone a little. Using a resistance band ...
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Does Arm Length Affect Elbow Strike Power?

There is a quote by John Von Neumann: With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk. Arm length is going to be just one of many variables (parameters) in ...
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Relation between martial arts and psychodelics?

What you perceive to have changed has not necessarily changed in the manner you understand it to. The psychotropic you ingested altered your perception of reality, and not the way you interact with it....
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Does bicep development affect punching power?

Does bicep development affect punching power? Yes, it does. I can't give you an explanation based on physics or biology; I will try to explain this in simple terms. Here is how bicep development can ...
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Increase left hook power

One way to increase your power is through isometric tension. In the case of the left hook, use a wall that has a corner, where you can stand so that if you threw a left hook, you'd punch the wall. ...
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Karate practise by thera band

I dont believe it will help with punching power as power relies on mass and speed. Mass relies on coordination of the whole body and there is a lot more to be gained practising better coordination. ...
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Does size matter?

If you're only looking at empty handed arts, typically competition favors size. Size allows people to hold greater range, to dish out and receive more punishment in striking, and to power-through to ...
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Does size matter?

Is Martial Arts ability inherently bounded by the anatomy we are born with? Not so much by height alone in absolute terms (i.e. real unarmed life-and-death fights), but within your own style - with ...
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Does size matter?

Yes. Size does matter. It matters a great deal. Fighting techniques are essentially 'tricks' developed by people to try and stack the odds in their own favor, but they can only compensate for so much ...
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