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Video: The secret behind the one punch KO


Here is a video I enjoyed. National Geographic did a study on various martial arts to see which would be the most effective for knocking a person out. Can you guess which one got first and a close second? I’ll give you a hint, Kung Fu got last place. Go see how Taekwondo, Karate, and Boxing faired.

You may watch the video here.

When conducting the same test but with kicks, a Muay Thai boxer placed first, generating enough force equivalent to a 35 mph accident – rendering the dummy useless. In second place was Tae Kwon Do, producing a devastating kick of 1500 pounds of force, and Kung Fu with only 1000 pound of force. Although this test was unfair in my opinion as the Muay Thai boxer used his knee rather than the end of his foot like the other participants. Sorry, no footage here.

In another scientific test for striking speed, scientists tested to see if a martial artist could throw a punch faster than a snake. A snake on average can strike eight to ten feet (two-and-a-half to three meters) in a second. Can you guess which type of martial arts was able to strike faster than a snake? You would be correct if you said Kung Fu – Wushu specifically. Sadly no video on this one either.

Just a couple things to note: The reading scores are biased based on the weight of the puncher. A lighter person will have less of a score. Also the Kung Fu punched shown is not a one-inch punch.

Wanna know your punching speed? Well you can if you have an ipod touch or iphone with Punch Power Meter Pro. Just calibrate it, hold it in your hand, and strike! Although I wouldn’t believe it to be too accurate.

1 Comment

  1. Comments  DarkKnightH20   |  Tuesday, 10 August 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Yeah, definitely very bias. If they had one person who was a master in everything tested, then at least the weight would be the same, as well as muscle and so forth. Form matters a lot too though so unless the form was perfect that would alter results.

    They chose to do the “one inch punch” which was total BS and dont incorrectly. Even if done correctly, that isn’t a punch that would have the highest force for Kung Fu…so very annoying there.

    Still, over all very kewl video.

    Hajimo no Ippo won the punching round!

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