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PostSubject: Martial Science?   Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:57 pm

The word "Martial Science" is often banded about, but with the myriad of different styles cropping all the time, can we ever claim that there is a "Martial Science"? My conclusions at the moment is that Martial Arts are still, no matter how realistic in execution or logical in theory, arts. If they are a science, it is not an exact one.
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PostSubject: Re: Martial Science?   Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:56 pm

I am sure I saw on discovery a programme on science of MA.

Had animated fighters showing projection, force, angle, result of damage like an x-ray etc.

Very scientific sounding/looking but....................

maybe im just too sceptical about such things.

After all discovery are showing ghost stories as 'true' stories............

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PostSubject: Re: Martial Science?   Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:08 am

Yep, that was "Human Weapon". It was the History Channel. An entertaining show that had a really good format. It did use science to explain how techniques worked in principle, but unfortunately was overly PC. It certainly didn't present an argument that martial arts were a science, although it was certainly better than "Fight Science".
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PostSubject: Re: Martial Science?   Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:29 pm

Interesting... I never call myself a Martial Artist, and in all honesty I really dislike the term. This is because I'm into practicing for realism, and I don't see the "artistic" side of two people brutally kicking the crap out of each other.

I can't say that what I practice is truly scientific, but I try to be. I remember W.E. Fairbain referring to his material as "Scientific Self-defense". And it was widely regarded as being the first Martial Science.

At the end of the day, I guess It's not really a science per se, but I try to apply some of the scientific rules to adapt it for the most realistic, and rational responses needed. It also originates form a "real" need for it to work under the worst possible conditions. Unlike the Kung Fu forms I used to practice - which I guess you could call artistic..
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PostSubject: Re: Martial Science?   Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:43 pm

That is my point. We can apply science and should use the scientific approach, but must remember the extreme variables involved.
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PostSubject: Re: Martial Science?   Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:06 pm

Totally agree with you there Jamie.
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