Physics of Martial Arts
Although most martial arts heavily exploit principles of physics, their applications are usually not well understood. These principles, such as force, vectors and conservation of energy underlay every aspect of every technique. Understanding the physics involved can greatly increase a practitioner's ability to apply them.
The following sections cover (i.e. scratch the surface of) some of the basics of physics used in martial arts. While an understanding of the mathematical principles is useful, it is not absolutely necessary. Don't dismiss them too quickly, however. Not only is it good to brush up on those skills you haven't used in years (or maybe you're just learning), knowing the mathematics behind the physics can tell you exactly how to improve your technique.
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