This section archives articles, essays and tutorials concerning the finer aspects of the martial arts and the sport of Taekwondo. For current news articles, see Colorado Martial Arts News.
Taekwondo and Self Esteem: An research study done by ACT student Liz Brewer. When accounting for differences in males and females, it found that self esteem increased as students had completed more Taekwondo training. (Contact us for paper)
Basics of Personal Finance – This Powerpoint presentation takes you through fundamental concepts that are important to understand in order to use the discipline you obtain in class to become financially stable.
Game Theory has applications in Olympic Taekwondo practice. However, the development of appropriate functions and matricies is difficult and requires copious observation of potential opponents. Here is some preliminary analysis of the technique.
Game Theory and Taekwondo Part 1. PhD Student Zak Kirk uses game theory to prove that two evenly matched players are likely to tie.
Game Theory and Taekwondo Part 2 PhD Student Zak returns to use a more complicated function to prove that a more skilled player is likely to defeat a less skilled one.
Biomechanics and Physics
Under the direction of Master Bill, KAT has an emphasis on biomedical research related to martial arts. Experiments with pads that can measure the force and speed of a kick blaze a new trail in martial arts science. Check back often for updates on our projects.
Martial Arts Physics 101: A basic course on the physics of martial arts. Includes illustrations, animations, and videos. Unzip all files to the same directory and play the powerpoint presentation.
Biomechanics of Board Breaking Part 2. PhD Student Zak Kirk uses continum mechanics to consider things like which direction to break the board from and how to model a breaking strike.
Tournament Log– The XL File (with default enteries) will automatically calculate and graph things like your tournament winning percentage. See how this changes with time.
Modeling of Icepack on a bruise
A computer simulation to determine optimum icing conditions for bruising injuries. View presentation.