Motion & Physics Applications
From his Writings – Keeper of the Dragons Beard
In real life, does the good guy always win or does this just happen in the movies ? Can a well trained light weight martial artist’s defeat a much heavier street smart brute ? For sure, the heavier street fighter can produce enough mass and force to create serious damage on his victims.
What about our lightweight martial artist’s ? Could his/her speed, agility and technique overcome our street fighter or would it be wiser for our light weight to simply run away ?
The common thread in all martial & combative arts is the Center of Gravity. This is the key, the holy grail of sorts in combative martial arts principals.
There are various reasons for a person to want to raise, lower or keep mid-body centered regarding their Center of Gravity.
Sumo wrestlers build their pear shape bodies for several reasons. Most importantly, a large belly lowers their Center of Gravity thus making them more rooted and harder to push or move. Their bulk also helps magnify their hitting power and if you ever seen a Sumo match, one will note these men having amazing speed and agile reflexes and power.