Black belts are able to punch incredibly hard from close range but studies have found that the force generated is not determined by raw muscular strength, suggesting factors related to the control of muscle movement by the brain might be important. Researchers from Imperial College London and UCL looked for differences in brain structure between 12 karate practitioners with a black belt rank and an average of The researchers tested how powerfully the subjects could punch, but to make useful comparisons with the punching of novices they restricted the task to punching from short range - a distance of 5cm.
As expected, the karate group punched harder, but the power of their punches seemed to be down to timing, rather than their strength: the force they generated correlated with how well the movement of their wrists and shoulders were synchronised. All in the mind: Researchers looked for differences between the brains of 12 karate black belts and 12 people who did not have any martial arts experience.
Dr Ed Roberts, from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, who led the study, explained: 'The karate black belts were able to repeatedly coordinate their punching action with a level of coordination that novices can't produce.
Subsequent brain scans of the test subjects showed the microscopic structure in certain regions of the brain differed between the two groups. Each brain region is composed of grey matter, consisting of the main bodies of nerve cells, and white matter, which is mainly made up of bundles of fibres that carry signals from one region to another. Diffusion tensor imaging DTI scans found structural differences in the white matter of parts of the brain called the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex, which are known to be involved in controlling movement. The differences measured by DTI in the cerebellum correlated with the synchronicity of the subjects' wrist and shoulder movements when punching.
The DTI signal also correlated with the age at which karate experts began training and their total experience of the discipline. These findings suggest that the structural differences in the brain are related to the black belts' punching ability. Further studies using more advanced techniques will give us a clearer picture.
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The inevitable division of traditional martial arts into numerous different schools, styles and substyles wushu alone has over of them! This way, gradually, a dogmatic approach to moral and physical training of a wrestler is built inside the clans. For example, the founder of some martial art secluded himself in the mountains, and after living there for a time received a revelation and thus created his own unique style. Or the inspiration to create this form of martial arts came from watching wild animals fighting.
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Because in fact, the inner side of practical knowledge is either altogether incommunicable or is presented in a rather misshapen and distorted form. As a result, they are imprisoned in their own little world. Their students become machines that only imitate martial art forms.
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It would seem, all effective and working concepts of the fight conducting, perfectly working in the street has already calculated, but as the practice has shown, this is the erroneous opinion and everything in our life is absolutely in other way. But, why? As a matter of fact, becoming an independent sports view of single combats, MMA has never belonged to martial arts in general! I urgently recommend to beat a street aggressor there, where it is effectively and with what is effectively in the given situation, for example in the eyes, a throat, a shin, a groin, a neck, etc.
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