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henry brown
08-19-2005, 08:25 AM
This isn't really about aikido, but it's a great presentation of the physics. It would be great if someone did a similar treatment for aikido techniques!

http://www.kungfuscience.org/

Lyle Bogin
08-19-2005, 09:45 AM
Wikkid! I really like the tone of the performer "chris". He also does a nice break.

James Davis
08-19-2005, 11:31 AM
This isn't really about aikido, but it's a great presentation of the physics. It would be great if someone did a similar treatment for aikido techniques!

http://www.kungfuscience.org/

Great site. Thanks, Henry!

aikigirl10
08-19-2005, 11:37 AM
Board breaking really isnt difficult. It actually is alot more mental than physical. Say you were breaking a one inch board. All you do is imagine your hand going an inch past the board. Focus on that and you dont even feel it. Thats how we learned to do it in Shaolin kung fu.

Of course cinder blocks are another story :-)

BenDuckett
08-19-2005, 02:20 PM
Hi all,
The series referred to on the site - 'Mind, Body and Kick A$$ Moves' was shown quite late at night in the UK, but really is worth seeing if you get the chance. Some of the people interviewed have an amazing amount of skill. The presenter has a really good style (IMHO) - he is respectful to the masters without being too humourless.

Pankration90
08-19-2005, 02:36 PM
I wonder why the guy on that site first says not to follow through like a boxer (how are you supposed to knock someone out if you just tap their chin and pull your hand back?) but then turns around and says to follow through to get the most power when breaking...

Mike.Ordway
08-19-2005, 03:35 PM
Actually there is a site listed at the end of the presentation (http://www.fightingarts.com/reading/article.php?id=284) that shows the physics of aikido.

henry brown
08-19-2005, 06:24 PM
Mike, you are right. I didn't have time to check out the links. There are two links (one judo, one aikido), but they are pretty static. It would be nice if someone did some slow motion cine studies with vector arrows showing the weight displacements, etc!!!

I also must say that British TV seems to be so much better than the stuff we see in the US. I would have liked to watch that martial arts series. (too bad it was on late at night...)

NixNa
08-20-2005, 09:33 AM
Now, suddenly im starting to love physics. Maybe michelle can help me with tt...*coughs* lol... :D

James Davis
08-20-2005, 09:06 PM
I wonder why the guy on that site first says not to follow through like a boxer (how are you supposed to knock someone out if you just tap their chin and pull your hand back?) but then turns around and says to follow through to get the most power when breaking...
When you throw a punch with too much follow through, you could get off balance. When you're breaking, the board won't take advantage of that. From my little knowledge of kung-fu, I think that it differs from karate in that the intention is not to destroy with one punch, but to hit 'em half a dozen times before they know what the hell happened! :D

NixNa
08-31-2005, 12:08 PM
Haha wingchun does that - quick barrages of punches as opposed to "one punch one kill".

Eric Webber
08-31-2005, 02:00 PM
It would be great if someone did a similar treatment for aikido techniques!

http://www.kungfuscience.org/
We had a student with us who is now working on his PhD in Physical Therapy, he worked out the mathematical equation of why slapping the mat works in breaking one's high fall. Not that I need to know the math to be convinced it works :freaky: I'll see if he remembers it and post it here.