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    Thanks to

    Wilhelm Ludwig Bauer
    Richie Gill
    Jeff Ives
    Seogyong Lee
    Ken Quarrie
    Mike Sanders
    Elaine R. Serina
    Danny Too
    Jan-Paul van Wingerden

    who responded to my request "Biomechanics of Martial Arts".

    My original request was:

    > Dear netters,
    > as a sports biomechanist I am interested in the biomechanics of
    > martial arts since a long time. Unfortunately I have not come across a
    > project dealing with it. So, I decided to start with the analysis of
    > rotational movements (like spinning heel kick). I would appreciate any
    > form of literature pertaining to this, as well as to the general literature
    > of the biomechanics of martial arts. Any information and advice is
    > welcome. Please answer by E-mail. I will post a summary of replies.
    > Manfred

    Summary of replies (Literature sorted in alphabetical order):

    Lutz Bauer and Elke von Oehsen
    Discovering common biomechanical factors of different karate techniques. In
    Biomechanics XI-B, pp. 129, International Series on Biomechanics, Volume
    7-B , Free University Press Amsterdam, 1988

    Chuang TY; Lieu DK.
    A parametric study of the thoracic injury potential of basic taekwondo kicks.
    Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 1992 Aug, 114(3):346-51.

    M.S. Feld, R.E. McNair, and S.R. Wilk
    The Physics of Karate.
    I think it was in Scientific American or
    Physics Today around 1979. The paper discusses some simple impact and
    dynamic physics but does not look into rotational motion with respect to
    human attacks.
    Hobusch, F.L. & McClellan T. (1990). The karate roundhouse kick.
    National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal, volume 12, number
    6, pages 6-9,84-89.

    Park, Y,J. A biomechanical analysis of taekwondo front-kicks. (Thesis)
    University of Minnesota. 1990. University Microfilms International.

    Pieter,F. Movement analysis of taekwondo techniques. Asian Journal of
    Physical Education (Taiwan). 1987. 10 (3) 45-58.

    Serina, E. R. and Lieu, D. K. Thoracic injury potential of basic competition
    taekwondo kicks. 1991. Journal of Biomechanics. 24 (10), 951-960.

    Shirley, M. E. The taekwondo side kick: a kinesiological analysis with
    strength and conditioning principles. National Strength and Conditioning
    Association Journal (USA). 1992, 14(5) 7-8;72-78.

    There is a special of scientific american concerning the mechanics of rotation
    and moments in nature. It also deals with rotations and moments during judo
    and aikido.

    I do not have any specific data, but you might try to contact Everett Harman.
    I believe he is now at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Occupational
    Medicine, Natick, MA 01760-5007, USA.

    >From Seogyong Lee information on data/literature sources related to
    Taekwondo including the description of his own activities.

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