- Know the basic laws of physics as they relate to martial art techniques.
- Know some basic engineering practices and be able to relate them to martial art techniques.
- Be able to evaluate martial art techniques using known data or from watching the techniques in practice.
All physical phenomena are explained by the laws of physics; therefore, martial art techniques must comply with these laws. The physics of Taekwondo techniques are explained in other topics within TKDTutor.
Basic engineering practices explain the importance of position and alignment in martial art movements. The Roman used the arch in their structures because they knew of its ability to disperse loads evenly; martial arts use the strength of the arch in their stances. Builders use practices such as pre-stressing in anticipation of heavy loading; martial arts use pre-stressing when they teach you should push outward on the knees in anticipation of the knee being pressed inward by an attack, or that you should tense the body just before your punch makes contact with its target. Knowing the tensile, compressive, and bending strength of flesh and bone helps in knowing which techniques are more effective than others under certain conditions. Knowing how age affects the body's elasticity helps us understand how techniques must be changed as we age.