This is a book that that provides information that has never before been published, compiled and analyzed in a way that’s designed to help martial artists. 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.
A Sample review from Amazon:
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
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