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    You too can become the Dark Knight.

    Behold the new 300 regiment.

    E. Paul Zehr has a book coming out in October called Becoming Batman: The Possibility of A Superhero, about the physical and mental training one would need to become a superhero without any supernatural powers. Zehr, a professor of kinesiology and neuroscience at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, is also a karate expert. Over at Scientific American, JR Minkel interviews Zehr about how one might train as the Dark Knight. From SciAm:

    What's most plausible about portrayals of Batman's skills?

    You could train somebody to be a tremendous athlete and to have a significant martial arts background, and also to use some of the gear that he has, which requires a lot of physical prowess. Most of what you see there is feasible to the extent that somebody could be trained to that extreme. We're seeing that kind of thing in less than a month in the Olympics.

    What's less realistic?

    A great example is in the movies where Batman is fighting multiple opponents and all of a sudden he's taking on 10 people. If you just estimate how fast somebody could punch and kick, and how many times you could hit one person in a second, you wind up with numbers like five or six. This doesn't mean you could fight four or five people. But it's also hard for four or five people to simultaneously attack somebody, because they get in each other's way. More realistic is a couple of attackers.
    http://www.boingboing.net/2008/07/15...-becoming.html


    What would make this even funnier is if the book turned out not to be total crap.
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    So, let's take an Olympic level athlete and kill both his parents in front of him and see where it goes from there.









    Too dark?

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    I wonder if that book will be as amazingly disappointing as the 300 regiment. Pull ups?! Really!? Pull ups were one of the secret surprise to the 300 spartan work out? I'd never have guessed, motherfuckers.

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    I waiting for "Becoming Rorschach" so I can learn to fight in a full face mask and platform shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuatro76
    So, let's take an Olympic level athlete and kill both his parents in front of him and see where it goes from there.









    Too dark?
    How do think the Chinese got all those child gymnasts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razamataz
    How do think the Chinese got all those child gymnasts?

    Rampant abuse of basic human rights?

    Oh, and Snake gets the geek points for the reference.
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    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible, without surrender,
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    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
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    they too have their story.

    -excerpt of the poem called "Desiderata," by Max Ehrman, 1927.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Plissken
    I waiting for "Becoming Rorschach" so I can learn to fight in a full face mask and platform shoes.
    I have found the Doctor Manhattan training system to be highly effective. Also the workout attire is quite liberating.

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    Can I have a "Dark Knight" tag with Ashida Kim on it?

    Pretty pleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaasssssseeeeee?

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    It's all much more exciting than the X-Men approach, which is to be born a bit odd, contemplate one's navel and get ordered about by some bald bloke with spazzy legs. Add a Canadian shortarse with a silly haircut and away we go.

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    A great example is in the movies where Batman is fighting multiple opponents and all of a sudden he's taking on 10 people. If you just estimate how fast somebody could punch and kick, and how many times you could hit one person in a second, you wind up with numbers like five or six. This doesn't mean you could fight four or five people. But it's also hard for four or five people to simultaneously attack somebody, because they get in each other's way. More realistic is a couple of attackers.
    That's a surprisingly reasonable viewpoint for a karateka.

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