Every once in awhile I think of an idea and go, “Man, why I haven’t I written a book about that yet?” Sometimes, I come up with the same idea every few months or years and think the same question.
Such is the case with something I realized today. You see, I’ve always been a pretty avid martial artist. I learned who Bruce Lee was when I was about 6 years old and ever since then I have found inspiration and copious amounts of awesome in the whole thing.
Later, in High School, I got my first chance to take a real Martial Arts class, and I joined a Kajukenbo club. It’s a fantastic Self Defense method and I learned invaluable things there. Since then, I’ve seen a couple schools, but never been impressed. Finally, I joined a college Karate class, partly to keep in shape, and partly to keep learning.
However, I find myself dissatisfied with the curriculum, and the perpetuation of common Martial Arts misconceptions. Misconceptions like, “When you strike your opponent, snap your hand back and bounce it off the point at which you aimed.”
When it comes to physics, allowing your hand to bounce off someone means they imparted a larger force to your hand than you did to their head/chest/stomach/etc. The opposite, however, bouncing your OPPONENT off your fist, means you imparted a greater force upon them so that the shock on their relative inertia was changed to a new vector.
Did I mention that I took a physics class at the same time as my first Martial Arts class? Yeah. So I’m thinking of putting together a five chapter ebook on the physics of fighting. Geometry, inertia, momentum, speed, strength, all will be covered as ways to improve your body mechanics and body awareness. I outlined it this morning at work, and I think I’ll type up a draft here later today after sleep.