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25th Nov '16 11:33:28 PM Lanes17B
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**In general, militaries try to teach their recruits any type of hand to hand combat techniques that will end the fight as soon as possible, with their own soldiers surviving the fight.


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*To a certain degree, this is how karate came to be. In the 1400s', when the Japanese colonized Okinawa, the ruling sword wielding samurai confiscated from the locals any metal tool that could be used as a weapon. To keep themselves safe, the Okinawans developed a martial art they called "empty hand," since the purpose was to fight unarmed against a possibly armed enemy, which eventually evolved into karate.
26th Oct '16 1:26:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* Played straight in the ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' (prequels to the main story of ''ASongOfIceAndFire''). Dunk is only a fair swordsman, but he is also quite tall, strong, and an experienced streetfighter. When a more skilled swordsman gets the better of him, he tends to grab hold of him and start tossing him around like a ragdoll.

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* Played straight in the ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' (prequels to the main story of ''ASongOfIceAndFire'').''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''). Dunk is only a fair swordsman, but he is also quite tall, strong, and an experienced streetfighter. When a more skilled swordsman gets the better of him, he tends to grab hold of him and start tossing him around like a ragdoll.
23rd Oct '16 5:57:14 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Film/NinjaAssassin'' usually completely averts this trope; most normal people die when they are in a ninjas arm length, without even having the chance to fight back. Except for a [[StoutStrength big]], {{badass}} LondonGangster, who is the protagonists first target. The protagonist, a ninja himself, stabs him in the neck, which just pisses the gangster off. [[OneSceneWonder The man]] then beats the shit out of the protagonist and smashes him through some dividing walls, and even [[ImplacableMan keeps fighting after he gets stabbed some more]]. In the end, he is defeated nevertheless when the protagonist smashes his weakened opponents head repeatedly against a toilet bowl. It should be noted that the protagonist was not only one of the best ninjas, he also had the element of surprise and a weapon, yet was nearly defeated.

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* ''Film/NinjaAssassin'' usually completely averts this trope; most normal people die when they are in a ninjas arm length, without even having the chance to fight back. Except for a [[StoutStrength big]], {{badass}} big]] LondonGangster, who is the protagonists first target. The protagonist, a ninja himself, stabs him in the neck, which just pisses the gangster off. [[OneSceneWonder The man]] then beats the shit out of the protagonist and smashes him through some dividing walls, and even [[ImplacableMan keeps fighting after he gets stabbed some more]]. In the end, he is defeated nevertheless when the protagonist smashes his weakened opponents head repeatedly against a toilet bowl. It should be noted that the protagonist was not only one of the best ninjas, he also had the element of surprise and a weapon, yet was nearly defeated.
22nd Oct '16 8:53:16 AM Gemser
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* In the 1978 version of ''Film/GameOfDeath'': Steiner uses this against Billy Lo after all the other henchmen have died. This surprisingly even works even though Steiner is completely unskilled and handicapped and Billy Lo (supposedly Bruce Lee) is supposed to be the greatest fighting machine in the world.
17th Oct '16 12:49:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'', Lio, a student of "vlor," the science of martial arts, gets into a fight with a couple of toughs from Saecular society. His martial arts are rendered useless when they simply pull his robe over his head and pummel him. He later learns to fix his wardrobe so it cannot be used against him.
23rd Sep '16 2:32:00 AM TheFifthGuy
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*** Although... [[spoiler: it's actually Clayface, not Joker, and thus, basically threw the fight, because he's nearly [[NoSell impossible to damage]] conventionally in his final boss fight without Freeze Grenades.]]
21st Sep '16 7:08:59 PM Piromano80
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** In the third movie we have Frank (Mike Tyson) another boxer who unlike Twister knows how to use the Ol'Fisticuffs to counter kicks and is the second person to figth Ip Man to a draw[note]]The first being Master Hung[[/note]] and only because a time limit imposed by himself.

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** In the third movie we have Frank (Mike Tyson) another boxer who unlike Twister knows how to use the Ol'Fisticuffs to counter kicks and is the second person to figth Ip Man to a draw[note]]The draw[[note]]The first being Master Hung[[/note]] and only because a time limit imposed by himself.
21st Sep '16 7:06:10 PM Piromano80
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* Compared to Batman's martial arts, ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''' Bane fights with heavy punches and pragmatic beatdowns [[spoiler:which makes sense, he was born and raised in a prison]]. His trademark pose in which he grasps his own lapels even makes him look like a pugilist.

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* Compared to Batman's martial arts, ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''' ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' Bane fights with heavy punches and pragmatic beatdowns [[spoiler:which makes sense, he was born and raised in a prison]]. His trademark pose in which he grasps his own lapels even makes him look like a pugilist.



* Flip-flopped in ''Film/IpMan''. Wong Leung and his friends' skills with street fighting prove no match for Ip Man's martial arts, and they're soundly beaten. Then again, Twister's Western boxing proves brutally effective against Chinese martial arts, enough to [[spoiler:actually cause Master Hung's death]].

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* Flip-flopped in ''Film/IpMan''. Wong Leung and his friends' skills with street fighting prove no match for Ip Man's martial arts, and they're soundly beaten. Then again, Twister's Western boxing proves brutally effective against Chinese martial arts, enough to [[spoiler:actually cause Master Hung's death]].death]] and give [[ShowyInvincibleHero Master Ip]] the figth of his live.
** In the third movie we have Frank (Mike Tyson) another boxer who unlike Twister knows how to use the Ol'Fisticuffs to counter kicks and is the second person to figth Ip Man to a draw[note]]The first being Master Hung[[/note]] and only because a time limit imposed by himself.
20th Sep '16 7:42:28 PM whatthefbomb
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* Terry Bogard, protagonist of Videogame/FatalFury is stated to use self-taught moves from years of wandering the streets of Southtown, getting in fights, and learning what worked and what didn't. That doesn't really explain how he figured out how to throw energy waves or flaming, explosive punches, though.
16th Sep '16 9:10:39 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Some of the units in ''VideoGame/TotallyAccurateBattleSimulator'' use their own fists, which they flail around in an effort to punch them much like they would with a weapon.
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