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When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


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The Physics of Karate - Blatant Tom Foolery

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I came across an old article on the physics of karate posted, copied article, to a blog. I wrote an article on that article, yes I wrote that, but when I read through it I came across this quote that literally made me cough up and spew forth my morning coffee. I am flabbergasted that karate-ka and the publisher of the magazine that published this article actually believed this. Here is the quote:

“A well executed karate strike delivers to its target several kilowatts of power over several milliseconds, quite enough to break blocks of wood and concrete.” 

Really, generated actual electrical kilowatt of power? Are you kidding me and they fell for this, come on people to generate actual electrical power you need a means to carry that electrical charge and the last time I looked our arms and hands are not made up of such materials. You know, like a certain gauge of wire. Unless certain physics are in place electrical charges, even a mere few kilowatts, cannot be generated and transferred through our bodies unless we are grounded to some electrical generating system or device, we are also grounded at the other end, say the fist to a target and that target must also be properly grounded to complete a circuit. 

You cannot generate a few kilowatts of electrical charge from the application of karate, where is the power source? Where is the conduit that allows the transmission of electrical charge and where is the grounding on the body of some adversary? Even so, where are these things in brick or wood? Wood and brick or concrete don’t generate electrical charges unless some other conductive material is present. Is water on the ground present? Is water present on the wood or concrete? Is there a electrical generating system attached to either you or the adversary? 

Ok, made my point, and I have to say that in the early days, including myself in this comment, we all in karate were very, very gullible. Electrical charge or kilowatt electrical power have nothing to do with the power and force the human body generates when proper principles are applied in hitting or getting hit. This just goes to show just how much the authors did NOT know or understand about hitting or being hit. Don’t get upset with me because I didn’t truly understand it in an academic sense before reading the book on Hitting and Getting Hit by Marc MacYoung.

Power comes in a variety of models where electrical power charges are but one. When the body moves its mass and when the bodies structure, etc., align in the kinetic movement and when a convergence of our bodies meet a target and all things being equal without chaos in the mix we generate great power along with its force. 

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