“In order to get the most energy from your punch, speed is your primary goal”
Jason Thalken, Phd, Fight Like a Physicist
I’ve started reading the hot new book in martial arts, Hapkido Black Belt and scientist Jason Thalken’s Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts.
Interestingly, he begins with a description of the early UFC and this idea that “if you’re so good, why aren’t you fighting in the UFC?”
He then implies that the early UFC was a valid scientific arena for testing fighting hypotheses (this style beats that style). I both agree and disagree with that idea, which has been viral on the internet ever since.
He even says that if you “want to know if a spinning hook kick is as deadly as your instructor says it is? …see if you can find anyone who has used it in a professional fight.” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Fighting in the ring is inherently different than fighting on the street. The physics may be the same, but the environment, the psychology, the timing, and what works or doesn’t work is very very different.
Just ask that professional fighter who gets hit in the head with a board at the gas station brawl.
Or the kickboxer who gets cold-cocked by the friend of his opponent. Or anyone who gets sucker-punched by a crafty street fighter. This is is not the ring. Other skills are involved and need to be considered.