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The GIF from that website has 40 frames in it, running for (hand-stopped) ~3 seconds, so it isn't really indicative of "how it looked in theater" (24 frames / second). It's exaggerating the issue. But the issue exists. Three things come into effect here: One, framerate and timing. Movie framerate, back then and today, is 24 frames / second, with only the ...


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First, with regards to actually breaking the neck itself, it depends on exactly what type of fracture is involved, but cadaver studies have shown a range of 840 to 1500 N to cause the C2 vertebrae to be fractured [1]. A C2 fracture is highly correlated with high mortality but said injury is also most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents [2] which ...


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Pliable Wood + Elongated Shaft = Easily Bendable/Breakable Spear This video demonstrates step by step on how a Shaolin Monk breaks a spear. Look at how easily the shaft bends as he applies his weight to it. This is misleading as a deadly weapon, because if a spear did this during combat, it would be rendered useless very quickly. Listen closely to the '...


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Bishnu Shrestha's story seems to have undergone some embellishments in the re-telling, but the underlying accounts were considered veracious enough for several medals and honours to be awarded. Some notes: Reading the question, I assumed "retired" meant 55 or older. He was 35 years old at the time of the incident. The people arrested for the crime were "...


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On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace (2007) does have this story at page 76: One police officer gave another example of learning to do the wrong thing. He took it upon himself to practice disarming an attacker. At every opportunity, he would have his wife, a friend or a partner hold a pistol on him so he could ...


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If any study has looked directly at this question, it should not be too hard to find, but I also am not finding it. The only direct expression of professional opinion on this I've found so far is in this article. It states that "retinal detachment was judged to be unrelated to lens wear" by three of the authors. This seems to be based on general clinical ...


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It hasn't been proven directly in [that] study. The article regarding Hayward Nishioka's claim was published in the October 1970 issue of Karate Illustrated. JKD utilised ballistic (propelling the fist a maximum speed) type movements to impart maximum force. [...] Although JKD proved more effective in striking power, the karate type of punch was more ...


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No, he fought them, but didn't fight them off. the khukri fell from my hand and I was overpowered. They picked it up and used it on me http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Soldier-takes-on-dacoits-on-trainGang-Of-30/articleshow/6488820.cms Also, he only physically engaged 3 of robbers.


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Do we have "secret" "bundles of nerves" — pressure points — which, when struck with a particular Karate move, kill us? The answer appears to be "no", although the research is inconclusive. Dr. Michael Kelly has researched the legendary "Dim Mak" martial arts death touch, and, according to this video, it appears that his primary theories are that the ...


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Evidence: The touch of death is known in Cantonese as Dim Mak and in Japanese as Kyusho Jitsu. Traditional Chinese medicine claims that chi or energy flows through the body along lines called meridians. A study published online by the British Medical Journal found that Acupressure (applying pressure with the thumbs or fingertips to the same points on the ...


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Yes, but not as easy as in the movies. You can crack your neck doing yoga too. http://updates.pain-topics.org/2012/03/report-warns-of-yoga-induced-spinal.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html?_r=2&ref=magazine In the self defense classes I took, the instructor did warn us of a maneuver that would likely ...


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