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Martial Arts Proven To Be Just As Awesome As It Looks

High-speed, high-resolution, and infrared motion-capture cameras allowed scientists to create computer animations of how martial artists' bones and muscles move during a fight.

Interesting facts/quotes from this National Geographic article:

  • Boxer Steve Petramale delivered about 1,000 pounds (453.6 kilograms) of impact force, the equivalent of swinging a sledgehammer into someone's face.
  • The tae kwon do spinning back kick delivered more than 1,500 pounds (680.4 kilograms) of force, while the kung fu flying double kick produced about 1,000 pounds (453.6 kilograms) of force.
  • "I wasn't expecting to have the highest force. When he said the power of the knee [kick] was equal to the power of a 35-mile-an-hour [56.3-kilometer-an-hour] car crash, it was humbling." [- Melchor Menor]
  • "We martial artists knew we had the ability to hit hard and fast, but I never thought I could hit four times faster than a snake," [Alex] Huynh said.
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