So, you know my dragons: Six limbs (typical western dragon), about the size of a Clydesdale horse but "only" half the weight (500 kg). Tissues are reinforced with armchair-type carbon nanotubes. They have a long, flexible neck (think storks). The wings were designed to be able to quad launch (just like with giant pterosaurs).
I'll add clarifications here if requested.
So, I was thinking about filling in gaps in the dragon's move set. You see, big attacks (lunging, running things over, etc...) are fairly simple, but they all use a lot of forward momentum, which makes them vulnerable to counters. What if the dragon wants to use small, compact moves as well?
I wanted the focus on the forelegs for now, but only managed to come up with one idea:
A downward swipe requires the dragon to jump slightly up (and maybe forward), then extend one paw and slash downwards with it. This strike is fairly stable, exposes the dragon little, and has a lot of the dragon's bodyweight behind it. However, it's only as strong as the apparatus that keeps the dragon's claws locked.
It's basically nothing, but I wanted to know if I'm on the right track with making martial art moves for them.
So, would it be viable as a compact move?