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Like in dragon ball, people can just levitate and defy gravity to move freely through the air. What techniques, methods, martial arts, and principles would be the most practical in a battleground where you are free to move in all three dimensions of space? The flying speed is limited to the reaction and combat speed of the average human, but can be trained to reach higher levels

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome SJCMBarbara. Please take our tour and refer to the help center for guidance as and when. The scope of the question is very broad at present as there are many martial arts disciplines each of which has many variants - each with its own cannon of moves comprising hundreds of techniques. We like questions that can be answered in a few paragraphs, whereas this would take many books to do it justice and would be based as much on opinion/taste as fact. Can you narrow it down lots. $\endgroup$ Aug 10 at 13:31
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    $\begingroup$ Defying gravity means abandoning leverage, in which case the answer is 'literally none', because you need leverage for martial arts. $\endgroup$
    – Halfthawed
    Aug 10 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ Unless you're just fishing for fluff, the pragmatics of fighting will lead to optimizations based on the specific circumstances fights commonly take place in. To answer this question in any meaningful way we'd need to know exactly how levitation works in your world, including establishing how it behaves in the many edge cases where your physics breaking phenomena intersects with physics. $\endgroup$
    – sphennings
    Aug 10 at 13:44
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    – DKNguyen
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because this question violates the book rule (see help center) and is too story-based. Questions about suitable fighting techniques require a complete explanation of the circumstance of a single, local battle. Disposition of all forces, terrain, logicstics and resources, technology and equipment, resource excesses and limitations, etc. The reason for this is that there is no such thing as a single best fighting technique or a suitable generalization that fits within the expectations of SE and this Stack. $\endgroup$
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Pendulous, durable appendages.

The problem with flying martial arts is that flying allows the body to build up tremendous kinetic energy. Grappling and throws are impossible at speed. What is possible is impact. An impact imparts the same force to hitter and hitted and I assert here that "hitted" is the Queens own english.

Yes. The hitted. Hittee? In any case a hit is supposed to damage your opponent more than you, and because the forces are the same the appendage hitting must be more damage resistant than the part of the opponent that gets hit.

Hitting with a fist or foot at velocity will do great damage and also probably break the fist or foot. Hitting with a weapon would be ideal and something like a flail would be best because the impact is not transmitted back thru the handle to the wielder.

But I take from this it is a no weapons kind of thing. I envision the fast flying combatant striking with an open handed slap. Or better an impact from a part of the body which has no bones and which protrudes from the spinal axis to allow the impact. The kinetic energy of the hit will be dispersed thru this appendage and so do less damage. Various appendages can be envisioned and this could vary from individual to individual, leading to different combat styles. Going into a spin right before impact will pull pendulous appendages away from the body facilitating the hit and this will also look cool for the anime.

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    $\begingroup$ I believe "the hitted" is how Queen Liz likes to refer to her subjects. Usually while dive-bombing them from extreme height. $\endgroup$
    – Daron
    Aug 10 at 15:26
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    – Daron
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Depends on the weapons they are using. If they have guns, it might be a bit like fighter plane dogfight. If it's melee weapons, it might look a bit like a medieval joust. The combatants fly full speed at each other, then as they pass each other they try to swipe the other person with something sharp and pointy. If the fight is in an environment where there is very little space to maneuver, like inside a small room, it might even look like a fight between Neo and Agent Smith from the Matrix movie (except maybe without the sunglasses).

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