The photograph to the right is of another fatal one-punch victim.
I've just been going through my undeleted and unfiled emails looking for an email received by the noted forensic pathologist from the University of Dundee, Derrick Pounder. I contact him concerning his lecture notes that refer to wounds, injury, and trauma that has an injury science background. In particular, I'm researching the 'factors' involved in an injury which I then use to develop a model that can be used to understand and study any and all impact techniques, blunt or sharp, of the martial arts. Pounder states that 'whether or not injury occurs following the application of energy, in whatever form, depends on physical and biological factors'. These are expanded upon in my book concerning injury science and pain as related to the martial arts (still looking for a suitable title; do you think that's a good one?).
Anyway, I came across an email I emailed to myself. It was to keep a record of a news article concerning one punch deaths. The title of the article is '"One-punch" homicides every month, says Simon Overland.' The article reports: 'At least once a month in Victoria someone dies in a "one-punch homicide"; a drunken confrontation outside a pub where the victim hits his head on the ground and dies, the state's police chief says' (Read more: http://www.news.com.au/story-0-1225727460287#ixzz1DWor6nC3).
One death from one punch every month in one state of Australia. The use of the term 'one-punch deaths' is relatively unique to Australia, thanks in part to the media. What terms are used in other parts of the world to describe this relativley common, and tragic, cause of death? In the previous blog I refered to another blog that reported such deaths in America. It'd be interesting to see some authoritative information on the extent of this problem.
This issue reflects the reality that an inherent risk in any form of interpersonal violence is death. This has multiple and far ranging implications for those involved in interpersonal violence, and the disciplines that study tactics and techniques associated with interpersonal violence.