A5_8 A Great Punch Line

Jordan Penney, Hayley Jane Allison, Roger Paul Leyser, Giles Christopher Lipscombe


Leicester University has a prodigious history with its Karate Club and this paper investigates the total force transferred in a Karate punch and the mass limit needed for a person to be able to break wood with such a technique. The results show that the mass needed to overcome the Ultimate Tensile strength of wood is 104 kg.

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