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Many works of fiction such as movies and books have characters that practice martial arts. Usually they practice existing martial arts, such as Judo or Aikido, but sometimes a martial art is made up for dramatic purposes or to lend a fictional world a sense of authenticity. This is a list of such martial arts, sorted by the medium of the fictional work they appear in.

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Books, Comics, and Card Games

  • Baritsu — Japanese wrestling style used by Sherlock Holmes, either a typographical error for, or a deliberate bowdlerization of, Bartitsu.
  • Cards as Weapons — mock martial art of throwing playing cards with extreme force and accuracy, as presented in magician/card-scaler Ricky Jay's book of the same title. It has since been used in many pieces of fiction as the martial arts of choice for a gambling rogue character, usually using razor-sharp shuriken designed like playing cards for their attacks. The Magician (TV series) with Bill Bixby features steel playing cards used in this manner, and also in many Chinese television series, when cards can be used to cut. This form is practiced by the Marvel Comics hero Gambit, made even deadlier with his ability to make anything he touches explosive.
  • Sinanju — a Korean martial art handed down for many generations in the Destroyer series. It is considered the forerunner to most real-world martial arts and is called "the sun source" by its practitioneers.
  • Klurkor— a Kryptonian Martial art used in the DC Universe.
  • Moo-Gi-Gon— a martial art used by Green Arrow.
  • Kwo-Bo, a martial art mentioned in J.F. Englert's novel, A Dog About Town.
  • Omnite, a martial art used by the title character in Logan's Run
  • coup de vitesse, favored by the Manticoran military in David Weber's Honorverse
  • Do, a martial art known only to werewolves in the White Wolf tabletop RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse.
  • Munchkin Fu — from the Games 'Munchkin Fu' and 'Munchkin Fu 2 - Monky Business' by Steve Jackson Games. The game describes styles like Drunken Monkey Kung Fu, Kong Fu, Fee Fi Fo Fu, Sna Fu, and Stomach Fu.

Video games

  • Jarate — employed by The Sniper in Team Fortress 2, it is claimed to be a "Jar-based Karate" that primarily involves throwing jars of urine at opponents.[1]
  • Mishima ryu karate is a style used by Devil jin, Heihachi Mishima and Kazuya Mishima.

Manga and anime

  • Hokuto Shinken, or "Divine Fist of the North Star" practiced Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star and his "uncle" Kenshiro Kasumi in Fist of the Blue Sky. The martial arts is heavily based on the application of pressure points, which, when high strength is applied and/or in sequence, can cause paralysis, blindness, and massive hemorraging. However, the technique can also be used to heal. There is also a rival martial arts style, called Nanto Seiken, the "Sacred Fist of the South Star", which focuses on piercing and penetrating attacks by breaking through the opponent's defenses. For other martial arts style in the series, see List of fighting styles in Fist of the North Star.
  • Bending — from the series Avatar: The Last Airbender; the four arts of manipulation of the elements by Chi cultivation: waterbending, earthbending, firebending and airbending, are modelled after real-world martial art disciplines.
  • Panzer Kunst, German for "armored arts" is featured in the manga Battle Angel Alita, and was developed by Tiger Sauer, prior to the start of the series, on Mars. It is practiced by the series' main character, Alita. It was developed to anticipate cyborg attacks, counter armed opponents, zero gravity combat, strategize and analyze opponents to effectively counterattack and is very effective larger opponents. Those trained in this style rarely lose a second fight with the same opponent. All the ranks and attack names are in German.

Movies and television

  • Anbo-Jitsu — from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Icarus Factor"; involves wearing helmets that don't let you see and using large pugil sticks that signal when they're aimed at the opponent. Practiced by William Riker and his father Kyle.
  • Ecky-Thump — a Lancastrian martial art from The Goodies, which uses the black pudding as a weapon
  • Fuck Yu— a Scottish martial art from So I Married An Axe Murderer, which consists mostly of headbutting and kicking the opponent when they are on the ground.
  • Gun Kata — practiced by Tetragrammaton Clerics in the movie Equilibrium. Focusing on firearms, especially handguns, Gun Kata practitioners use rote memorization of martial arts-style forms based on probability models to shoot where the enemy is most likely to be and position their bodies to avoid return fire. Gun Kata was also practiced in the movie Ultraviolet.
  • Lightsaber combat — from Star Wars, consisting of seven distinct sword combat styles incorporating various Jedi skills.
  • Mok'bara — a Klingon martial art seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which includes both an unarmed form similar to taijiquan and forms using traditional Klingon weapons such as the bat'leth. Worf is shown teaching mok'bara classes to the Enterprise crew.
  • Teräs Käsi — a martial art in the Star Wars extended universe that makes use of some properties of The Force.
  • Tsunkatse — from the Star Trek: Voyager episode of the same name, in which Seven of Nine joined a tournament.
  • Venusian Aikido — from Doctor Who, practiced by the Third Doctor.

Other

See also

References

  1. ^ "A sneak preview of the next class update!". Valve. April 1, 2009. http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=2391. Retrieved 20097-8-25. 
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