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I have recently finished reading a great book! The book is called “Does a broken board equal a broken nose?” and it has the subtitle “Training to achieve the striking force proven to stop an attacker”. The book is that great blend of traditional martial arts, realism, common sense and humour that really appeals to me.


I was sent a copy by the publishers (Paladin Press) and felt compelled to contact the author. Thankfully Brian Struchtemeyer is subscriber to this websites newsletters and his uncommon surname convinced me I found the right guy. We made contact and Brian was kind enough to send me footage of some of the tests that provided some of the data used in the book. If you go to the foot of this blog entry you can view that footage for yourself. Some interesting footage from a great book! I’ve also copied the blurb from the book below so you can read a little more.


All the best,








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Precisely how hard do you have to hit to stop an attacker?

And how do you train to develop that level of force?

Does a broken board equal a broken nose?This groundbreaking training guide tackles a vital but overlooked aspect of practicing the martial arts: How do you know your strikes are powerful enough and accurate enough to stop an attacker? How do you measure the strength of your strikes? Has your training accurately simulated a hostile encounter?

Author Brian Struchtemeyer details the exact level of impact force found in modem “less-than-lethal” weapons used by law enforcement to physically subdue criminal suspects and shows you how to attain this level of force with your punches. When officers use LTL tools, they are able to reliably stop more than 90 percent of criminal suspects—and that’s when they are only aiming at the thighs or abdomen. They know they must be careful because the impact force delivered by these tools could cause severe injury or even death if aimed at more vulnerable body parts such as the head and neck.

Struchtemeyer integrates the long sought-after answer to “How hard is hard enough?” with an engaging and often humorous cross-cultural study on the history, nature, and practical use of surrogate targets, including the heavy bag and Okinawan makiwara. Along the way he connects a diverse range of topics, including psychology, early American football, and the statistics of random chance, to the simple goal of effective stopping power in unarmed strikes.

Finally, these varied topics are synthe­sized into a set of training drills using sur­rogate targets that allow you to measure the force of your blows so you know when you are hitting with the same level of impact force proven by law enforce­ment officers to stop a violent opponent in his tracks.

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