Momentum and Martial Arts
Posted January 7, 2009on:
There is no easy way to demonstrate this in writing, so I will be brief. (Maybe I’ll video this at the gym tomorrow night and post it here.)
A key to martial arts is using an attackers momentum against himself. We don’t want to use direct force against an attack when a small redirecting force creates so much more havoc.
The move I have in mind is when an attacker is swinging a sucker punch or roundhouse punch. By blocking and pulling on both the punching arm and neck of the attacker, you can send them down to the floor. ( I don’t recommend this to those without some serious martial arts training.)
The physics here is all about impulse. My effort is minimal, I use a very small force to add to their momentum and throw the attacker off balance.
Yeah, like I said, I need to make a video of this one.