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The Physics of Krav Maga

John Eric Goff

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Johns Hopkins University Press
15 November 2019
Sport & leisure industries; Physics; Sports & outdoor recreation
Krav Maga ( contact combat in Hebrew) is a hard-hitting and efficient form of self-defense that was popularized by Israeli soldiers. Stressing practical, real-world fighting and a philosophy of self-defense, its popularity has grown worldwide over the past few decades.

In The Physics of Krav Maga, John Eric Goff, a physicist, best-selling author, and martial arts practitioner, explains the science behind dozens of Krav Maga moves, from headlocks to hammer fists. Focusing on Warrior Krav Maga, a fighting style that combines the key elements of Krav Maga with kickboxing, wrestling, karate, and other fighting specialties, this equation-free, conceptual introduction is aimed at martial arts practitioners interested in refining their fighting technique and all fans of the fascinating moment when sports meet science.

With step-by-step descriptions and detailed photos of each critical motion, Goff takes a scientific look at everything from punch speed to power output and reaction time. Armed with this book, readers will understand the physics behind each move. They will also learn how to * enhance their level of physical fitness* disrupt an opponent's balance-while keeping theirs* make use of leverage to defeat a larger, stronger attacker* become faster and more powerful* inflict pain up close* use weapons-and weapons of opportunity * and much more!

Anyone interested in martial arts, in how physics applies to sports and combat, and in how a physicist wins a fight will love The Physics of Krav Maga.
By:   John Eric Goff
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   431g
ISBN:   9781421431611
ISBN 10:   1421431610
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   15 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Eric Goff is a professor of physics and the chair of the physics department at the University of Lynchburg. The author of Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports, he holds a black belt in karate and a purple belt in Krav Maga.

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