Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Physics of Judo


Judo is a martial art that focuses on throwing and pinning opponents. The two main physics principles involved in a typical judo throw are center of mass and torque. A throw begins when a fighter pushes or pulls his opponent in order to move the other fighter’s center of mass out from over his feet.

 The person throwing uses torque, torque=rFsin(theta) by using his hip as a center of rotation and applies a force on his opponent to rotate him and throw him to the ground.


Post written by Gabe Lord

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