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3rd Feb '17 12:56:00 PM StFan
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* Throughout the ''StarWars'' universe, there are seven different forms of lightsaber fighting. These were invented to explain why different characters have very different fighting styles, for example Darth Vader's slow-but-powerful approach, Obi-Wan's subtle defensive style, Yoda's crazy acrobatics and Count Dooku's fencing-inspired bladework. [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the fight choreographer]], these forms are often ''based'' on practical fighting systems, with adjustments to account for fencers who are mildly precognitive and wielding weightless blades that can cut through almost anything except another lightsaber. Darth Maul's double-bladed fighting style, for example, would be at least as dangerous to the wielder as the target for anyone who didn't have Jedi reflexes to ensure that they didn't accidentally chop their own limbs off.

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* Throughout the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe, there are seven different forms of lightsaber fighting. These were invented to explain why different characters have very different fighting styles, for example Darth Vader's slow-but-powerful approach, Obi-Wan's subtle defensive style, Yoda's crazy acrobatics and Count Dooku's fencing-inspired bladework. [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the fight choreographer]], these forms are often ''based'' on practical fighting systems, with adjustments to account for fencers who are mildly precognitive and wielding weightless blades that can cut through almost anything except another lightsaber. Darth Maul's double-bladed fighting style, for example, would be at least as dangerous to the wielder as the target for anyone who didn't have Jedi reflexes to ensure that they didn't accidentally chop their own limbs off.



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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting Literature/ForgottenRealms, the elves have a sword-fighting style called Bladesong, it is described as being deceptively graceful and appears like a dance. The focus of the style is on putting the opponent off balance before striking home with lethal force.

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In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting Literature/ForgottenRealms, the elves have a sword-fighting style called Bladesong, it is described as being deceptively graceful and appears like a dance. The focus of the style is on putting the opponent off balance before striking home with lethal force.



* The Palladium {{RPG}} ''NinjasAndSuperspies'' included, among others, Lee Kwan Choo, a non-violent martial art that stunned opponents by ''almost'' making lethal strikes; presumably it was less effective in a setting where [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting Everybody Wasn't Kung Fu Fighting]].
** This is also referenced as being included in earlier editions of Palladium's TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles RPG, in the "Guide to the Universe" sourcebook where a practitioner has this art.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' offers Kailindo, a special style for werewolves which uses wind-magic and their natural shapeshifting.
** Another Fighting Style would be Klaivaskar: Dueling/Fighting with a magic shortsword/dagger made out of pure silver.

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* The Palladium {{RPG}} ''NinjasAndSuperspies'' ''TabletopGame/NinjasAndSuperspies'' included, among others, Lee Kwan Choo, a non-violent martial art that stunned opponents by ''almost'' making lethal strikes; presumably it was less effective in a setting where [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting Everybody Wasn't Kung Fu Fighting]].
** * This is also referenced as being included in earlier editions of Palladium's TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles RPG, ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles RPG'', in the "Guide to the Universe" sourcebook where a practitioner has this art.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' offers Kailindo, a special style for werewolves which uses wind-magic and their natural shapeshifting.
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shapeshifting. Another Fighting Style would be Klaivaskar: Dueling/Fighting with a magic shortsword/dagger made out of pure silver.



* ''{{Transformers}}'' have included several Cybertronian martial arts, like Circuit-Su or Crystalocution. The best-known one is Metallikato, mastered by the Decepticon Bludgeon.

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* ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' have included several Cybertronian martial arts, like Circuit-Su or Crystalocution. The best-known one is Metallikato, mastered by the Decepticon Bludgeon.



* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' hand-to-hand combat is a [[GrapplingWithGrapplingRules mess]] of possibilities, most impractical, so the [[Community/DwarfFortress community]] has boiled the most effective attacks (whether realistic or exploiting the game's GoodBadBugs) into a [[CombatPragmatist brutal and pragmatic]] art named "Kisat Dur" (literally, "Empty Fist"). Techniques include "[[PunchCatch Sodel Ar]]" ("Shield of Flesh"), "[[ManBitesMan Idrazoluth]]" ("Dog Combat"), "[[EyePoke Enkos Nitem]]" ("Vision Taker"), and the SimpleYetAwesome "Stot Abodsuton" ("[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Surprise Gut Strike]]").

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' hand-to-hand combat is a [[GrapplingWithGrapplingRules mess]] of possibilities, most impractical, so the [[Community/DwarfFortress community]] community has boiled the most effective attacks (whether realistic or exploiting the game's GoodBadBugs) into a [[CombatPragmatist brutal and pragmatic]] art named "Kisat Dur" (literally, "Empty Fist"). Techniques include "[[PunchCatch Sodel Ar]]" ("Shield of Flesh"), "[[ManBitesMan Idrazoluth]]" ("Dog Combat"), "[[EyePoke Enkos Nitem]]" ("Vision Taker"), and the SimpleYetAwesome "Stot Abodsuton" ("[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Surprise Gut Strike]]").



31st Jan '17 6:26:46 AM KaratekaKid
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* ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF'' has ''stick fighting'', basically a mix of both bojutsu and kendo with a cane rather than a shiny.

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* ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF'' has ''stick fighting'', basically a mix of both bojutsu and kendo with a cane rather than a shiny.shinai.
31st Jan '17 6:23:43 AM KaratekaKid
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** ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' has Kyokushin style Karate, which is used by it's protagonist, Yuka Takuchi, and her {{best friend}}/[[FriendlyRival sparring partner]], Satomi Yajima.
27th Jan '17 1:12:31 PM Willbyr
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* The Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken styles from ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', along with a host of others derived from them.

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* The Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken styles from ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', along with a host of others derived from them.



* ''OnePiece'' has a whole bunch of these.

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* ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a whole bunch of these.
26th Jan '17 7:40:25 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's later ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' prequel novels, Hari Seldon is skilled in "Helicon twisting," which isn't described in detail.
** Interestingly, "twisting" is only mentioned in ''Forward the Foundation''. The first prequel novel ''Prelude to Foundation'' only mentions that Seldon is a skilled martial artist.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's later ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' prequel novels, ''Literature/ForwardTheFoundation'', Hari Seldon is skilled in "Helicon twisting," which isn't described in detail.
** Interestingly, "twisting" is only mentioned in ''Forward the Foundation''. The first prequel novel ''Prelude to Foundation'' only mentions that Seldon is a skilled martial artist.
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10th Jan '17 6:59:13 PM elemt
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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}:
** A whole host of "style" feats exist, which range from the mundane, like Monkey Style or Brute Style, to the fantastically inspired, like Dragon Style or Orc Fury Style, to the [[SupernaturalMartialArts obviously supernatural]], like Maddening Style (which draws inspiration from [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] to drive enemies mad by hitting them) or Marid Style (which generates ice from nowhere to trap its foes). Some of the more obviously supernatural are mostly utilized by the monk, and involve KiManipulation.
** The divine fighting techniques are a number of combat styles named for the deity who created or inspired them, such as Cayden Cailean's Blade and Tankard - going into battle with a rapier in one hand and an ale tankard in the other, throwing it into an enemy's eyes or drinking it yourself, and refilling it mid-battle.
** The ''Path of War'' 3rd party supplement includes a number of "disciplines" with individually named moves, for maximum CombatCommentator potential. Some disciplines are nonmagical, most definitely not; Thrashing Dragon is mostly about [[DualWielding using two weapons]] and dirty fighting, but Chimera Soul is about [[ShapeshifterWeapon shapeshifting]] and Veiled Moon involves a lot of [[WeaponizedTeleportation teleportation]].
6th Jan '17 2:20:14 PM DaibhidC
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* Deja-Fu from ''Creator/TerryPratchett'''s ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'': The feeling you've been kicked this way before...

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* Deja-Fu from ''Creator/TerryPratchett'''s ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'': The feeling you've been kicked this way before... There's also a string of others of which we learn nothing except their punny names ("No-kandu", "Okidoki", "Upsi-Dasi") and the fact Lu-Tze doesn't take any of them seriously.
18th Oct '16 7:38:11 PM Discar
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* Wielding a [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]] in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is based around a structure of ten ''stances'', each one a fighting style and combat philosophy named after one of the Ten Essences (Windstance, Smokestance, Flamestance, etc).
** In one specific combat scene, the hero switches from the elegant Windstance he usually favors to the CombatPragmatist style of Ironstance as a way of reminding his fellows that they are in the middle of a war.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Wielding a [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]] in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is based around a structure of ten ''stances'', each one a fighting style and combat philosophy named after one of the Ten Essences (Windstance, Smokestance, Flamestance, etc).
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etc). In one specific combat scene, the hero switches from the elegant Windstance he usually favors to the CombatPragmatist style of Ironstance as a way of reminding his fellows that they are in the middle of a war.
28th Sep '16 11:43:33 PM trixus
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* The ''ComicBook/DungeonVerse'' has a sect of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-type monks made of sentient elephants, whose racial martial art involves copious amounts of booze and violence, so they're known as [[{{Literature/Babar}} babarian monks]].

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* The ''ComicBook/DungeonVerse'' has a fair share of those.
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sect of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-type monks made of sentient elephants, whose racial martial art involves copious amounts of booze and violence, so they're known as [[{{Literature/Babar}} babarian monks]].monks]].
** Marvin taught an unnamed martial art to Herbert that can turn feathers into the ultimate weapon against green colored enemies (like goblins or even people covered in green bile) which for a duck means Herbert can simply flick his finger to turn monsters into LudicrousGibs.
** The Kochaque are a ProudWarriorRace type, similar to mongols weaponry.
** Grogro and his race have a special technique that requires a certain innocence and dimwitness according to Gilberto: basically it's swallowing the opponent's whole by being too dumb to choke or see the issue.
** Hand-to-hand combat magicians relies mostly on a spell called calcium brisus which shatter bones simply by touching. Necromancers like Horous weaponized their magic for autopsy so they can remove body parts without scratching the skin.
** Draconists are similar to babarian monks but sober.
10th Jul '16 7:10:05 PM StarSword
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* The ''Literature/MatadorSeries'' has sumito (a.k.a. the 97 steps), developed from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencak_Silat Pencak Silat]] by professional fighter Lazlo Mourn in ''The Musashi Flex''. It eventually became associated with the monastic order the Siblings of the Shroud, then the Siblings taught it to Emile Khadaji in ''The Man Who Never Missed''. Khadaji in turn passed it on to the Matadors. Sumito relies heavily on footwork and positioning, with practitioners training by walking a pattern of 97 footprints stenciled onto the floor. The series includes a number of other examples as well, including oppugnate, a military mixed martial art fusing elements of boxing with bits of several other arts.

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* The ''Literature/MatadorSeries'' by Creator/StevePerry has sumito (a.k.a. the 97 steps), developed from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencak_Silat Pencak Silat]] by professional fighter Lazlo Mourn in ''The Musashi Flex''. It eventually became associated with the monastic order the Siblings of the Shroud, then the Siblings taught it to Emile Khadaji in ''The Man Who Never Missed''. Khadaji in turn passed it on to the Matadors. Sumito relies heavily on footwork and positioning, with practitioners training by walking a pattern of 97 footprints stenciled onto the floor. The series includes a number of other examples as well, including oppugnate, a military mixed martial art fusing elements of boxing with bits of several other arts.arts.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', also by Creator/StevePerry, introduces Teräs Käsi, an art originally designed as a defense against Jedi. The art has since shown up elsewhere such as in Perry's later novel ''Literature/DeathStar'', and gets a brief mention in ''The Musashi Flex'' as a ShoutOut.
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