Taekwondo, akido, and krav maga are just a few of the martial arts you can practice. But who knows? Maybe one day, you could become a krav maga master. However, there are some forms of martial arts no one will ever be able to truly master. This is because they were popularized in famous films and TV shows. Creating fictional martial arts to throw in a story is an amazing feat because one has to develop all of the rules and mythology. Some are just meant to look cool while others were designed to be downright deadly. From the Alita Panzer Kunst to the Equilibrium gun kata, this list counts down the different types of martial arts in movies and television for your enjoyment.
Which form of martial art would you most want to master? Do you want to become a Jedi warrior and know how to masterfully wield a lightsaber? Perhaps you are a fan of the John Wick series and want to learn how to do gun fu, so you can take down the mafia. You may have to settle for signing up for karate lessons, but for the time being, you can vote for your favorite fictional martial arts style here.
Bending arts in Avatar: The Last Airbender refer to the five different fighting styles, four of which require mastery over a single element. Only one person, the Avatar, has mastery over all four elements, and this leads to the formation of the fifth bending style.
Airbending requires full concentration on speed and evasion. Waterbending requires the user to be extremely versatile in order to use an enemy's energy against themself. Firebending is the most aggressive of the techniques. Earthbending requires a strong connection to the earth itself. One who can control all four may master energybending, which was considered a lost art long ago until Aang came.
Lightsaber combat, as used in the Star Wars universe, is one of the most popular fictional martial arts. Utilizing the lightsaber, there are different styles in lightsaber combat AKA The Seven Forms of the Jedi Order: Shii-Cho, Makashi, Soresu, Ataru, Shien/Djem So, Niman, and Juyo/Vaapad. All of these styles were designed to take advantage of the odd balance present within a lightsaber since all of the weight exists in the hilt.
The Sith developed their own technique known as Dun Möch, which used distraction and doubt to dominate the opponent's spirit. This was done with a variety of tactics, including taunting, mental attacks, and psychological warfare.
Teräs Käsi is a martial arts discipline that exists in the Star Wars EU and draws on some elements of the force. It was originally developed to counter the Jedi and includes three skill levels within the discipline, novices, adepts, or masters each with their own outfits to signify rank.
Supposedly Qi'ra is proficient in Teräs Käsi and a bit of her fighting skills can be seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Zama-shiwo is a martial art native to the moon of Jedha and practiced by Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), who you might recognize from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The discipline is known as "the inward eye of the outward hand." This makes it the perfect fighting style for the blind martial artist. Much like other fighting styles, Zama-shiwo gives its practitioners the ability to control their heart rate and oxygen intake, this imbues the warrior with almost supernatural abilities.
A fringe benefit of being able to control ones breathing and heart rate is that it enhances Chirrut Îmwe's hearing which he demonstrates during a fight in Jedha City.