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This tag should be used for questions about the usage of martial-arts in your fictional scenario, such as when asking about physical requirements for certain martial arts related fighting techniques for a fictional race.

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Can a person wield a fist-load weapon with their mouth? [closed]

Like I’m imagining a push dagger that’s designed to deflect blows, sort of like if deer horn knives were kept between the teeth. Is this in anyway plausible?
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How much energy would it take a person to make an object weighing 10 tons move 10 m/s with an inch punch? [closed]

We assume that the object will withstand the impact. Air resistance and friction force are neglected.
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How can I translate fencing into a fast paced, high mobility and directional martial art, normally attributed to more aggressive and rogue chars? [closed]

So my main character in my story, is of a more aristocratic type house. Not necessarily in attitude, but in theme. So victorian style long coats and vests etc, while also being rogue/thief information ...
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How can a person kill a giant ape without using a weapon?

In my world there are humans living in rainforests near the coast. In the depths of the forests live giant apes, similar to the extinct Gigantopithecus. Something like a 3 metre tall 300kg orangutang ...
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Would foot weapons be viable in a street fight? [closed]

There are several weapons that are used to enhance a person's punches. These include brass knuckles, caestus, boxing tape, etc. These weapons are often used in disorganized conflict like bar brawls ...
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What fighting style/martial arts, techniques etc. would work well for flying people? [closed]

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 ...
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Taping blades onto your shoes. Is it a stupid idea or a practical one? [closed]

What if the shoes have blades! Imagine kicking your enemies and bleeding them to death! Is it practical though? First Case: A Post-Apocalyptic World with Zombies! How original! Guns are rare. Bullets ...
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How could armour be designed to improve unarmed martial arts?

How could armour be designed to improve hand-to-hand martial arts? Reinforced, angular greaves with pads underneath to improve sweeps and kicks? Full plate is always good, but I feel like it could ...
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Effectiveness of brass knuckles as a last ditch weapon

Would brass knuckles be capable of harming an individual wearing 14th century plate armor? I.e. could a human realistically impart the amount of force needed to disable or incapacitate an individual ...
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Writing Xuanhuan, but when did men start to wear Veil Hat's? [closed]

I dug into the whole Veil Hat thing in Chinese history, but I have come across a small problem. The weimao or mili seems only ever to be used by women. So I wonder if it would be accurate to have my ...
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Does this dragon martial art move make sense?

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 ...
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Surgery to safely stab through oneself to trick the opponent and win in a swordfight

Through some electronic interference breaking the casual flow of time, a samurai in feudal Japan, lets call him Mada Mada, receives visions of game streams bounced around by Starlink satallites to ...
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What role will a pre-existing muscle memory play in the acquisition of martial skills?

I am an unfortunate female soul that ended up in a male body. How did it happen? It can be magic or some unfathomable technology indistinguishable from magic. I will investigate, but right now I need ...
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How would super strength affect fighting styles for women? [closed]

Because of sexual dimorphism, women in general are about 15% smaller than men on average. This in turn results in shorter reach and less mass to throw around as per the square-cube law. As a result, ...
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What would martial arts for dragons look like?

So, since my dragons have a lot of limitations that are needed for flight, I thought it was to make them some strengths. Two that still remain are their intelligence and long life, which can result in ...
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Is it a good idea to shove your arm down a werewolf's throat if you only want to incapacitate them?

So, I decided to change subjects... for a little while. I also have werewolves (they don't transform, though) in my meta-setting. Now, they're very much humanoid, though more wolflike in other areas ...
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Martial arts for small races(goblins, hobbits, etc)

What would their techniques be like, what weapons would they use(if at all), to what real martial art those would be comparable to and how would their strategies change depending on the opponent(Say, ...
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Could normie beat a psionic in a swordfight?

I'm writing low fantasy set in alternate Earth with technology level of 6th century. In my world I have psionics, born something like 1 in 10,000. They are several times stronger than normals, from 3 ...
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How would a race of horizontal lizard men fight, and how would humans fight them?

This question is inspired by the video essay series "Fantasy Re-Armed" by Shadiversity on YouTube, where Shad explores typical fantasy races and what weapons they and their opponents ought ...
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Ritualized wrestling for lizardfolk?

Asian water monitors. They're cute and intelligent, so I decided to base lizardfolk off of them. Nothing new there. Now, I also want to implement one interesting aspect of water monitors into them: ...
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How could a humanoid species with non-retractable claws strike someone with a fist/closed hand gesture?

In my story there are a species of humanoid bipeds (i.e., two arms, two legs) that have a more-or-less human arm anatomy but differ in having non-retractable claws instead of nails on all five fingers....
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Are there any historic armed combat sports that don't simulate sword-fighting (other than jousting)? [closed]

I'm focusing on a medieval warfare setting similar to Fire Emblem, and the tiresome abundance of swords has me thinking about alternative weapons to shine a spotlight on. I'm also thinking about the ...
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The most suitable martial art for birdpeople?

Tengu are a race of upright, humanoid creatures with the ability to fly and other avian characteristics to a varying degree. Konoha-tengu (foliage tengu) are six-limbed humanoid avians. The bird ...
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How would werewolves incorporate jaws into their martial art?

So, back to werewolves for a bit. Given that they're as intelligent as humans and have several enemies, they'd most likely try to become more adept in combat, one part of that is martial arts. Now, ...
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Scientific explanation for extreme fighting strength

I was wondering if there is a scientific way to explain how my characters are capable of extreme levels of strength when engaging in combat. My characters are biological but have implants that allow ...
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How do medieval people fight if they can discharge powerful electricity?

Set in an alternate universe we have homo electricus instead of homo sapient, they evolved organs similar to electric eel and they are capable of discharging deadly amount of electricity up to 1.5m ...
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How would humanoid creatures with powerful jaws, claws, and a tail efficiently use their anatomy in barehanded combat?

In the story I am writing, there are several fight scenes between clearly non-human combatants. These combatants have several natural weapons at their disposal that humans do not have, including jaws, ...
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Effects of metallic skin in close combat

Royal guards paraljia undergoes a ritual at the end of their training. This antic ritual transforms their body variety of metals and rocks ( similar to colossus from x-men) After this crucial ritual ...
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How would martial arts be different for a winged race?

TL;DR I have a race of half-dragons in my near-future scifi story. I know that having wings and a tail would affect my characters hand-to-hand fighting abilities, but I'm not sure how. Additionally, ...
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Propelled Spin Attack

How effective of a combat technique is a spin attack with a sword that actively propels you? How might it change the development of combat and counter-techniques? Most experts of real-life combat ...
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how would martial arts evolve in a magical world? [closed]

My magic system is quite basic it revolves around runes and drawing them in the air.If skilled enough you can not do that . or if the spell is so simple you dont need to unless exhausted. how would ...
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How durable are silver inlays on a blade?

Motivation (fictional of course) Fantasy is full of references to silver swords and other weapons thought to make a poor lycanthrope‘s life miserable. Since silver appears to be too soft for blades, I ...
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Can spiky arm guards/bracer be an alternative weapon for blunt attack or will wielder get broken bones upon hitting?

Basically what's in the title: If someone uses a spiky arm guard/bracer (long bracelet type armor not gauntlet) while bashing/battering an opponent (with or without armor) would this result in the ...
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Fencing style for blades that can attack from a distance [closed]

Due to all the edits and clarifications asked I will re write the question tomorrow, thanks for your patience. Leaving this up until then, for reference. In the setting I'm working on, magitech has ...
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Punching someone and sending them flying at the speed of sound

How much force/energy is required to punch someone so hard that the person is sent flying at the speed of sound? Also, what can you compare the force/energy to? For example, is it comparable to a TNT ...
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Martial arts in zero or low gravity [duplicate]

How would your design a martial art for use in either zero gravity (in space) or lower gravity (on another planet or moon)? Constraints: A practical martial art, for real world use, not a sport or ...
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Could cord-cut be a real martial arts technique?

This is a technique from the anime Baki the grappler, which can be checked here. The "Cord-Cut" name refers to the countless "cords" that makes human body. The cords includes blood vessels, lymph ...
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Martial art for a pacifist in a wold of kung-fu? [closed]

A hero with no name is a strong pacifist. The why is not important right now. The problem: he lives in a world of kung-fu where just being quiet and polite to live happily can't work for long. This ...
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Would Martial Arts be useful for an intelligent, powerful, quadrupedal animal?

Humans developed martial arts to give themselves an advantage in combat against untrained, but possibly stronger or better-armed opponents. Presumably, martial arts are one way of making up for the ...
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What are some practical weapons for slaying monsters?

In a setting where children begin training at a very young age, raised to be powerful warriors, it comes to reason that some weapons are more popular than others. People are trained to be able to ...
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Would a man have any chance againt knife wielding woman? [closed]

I have a very patriarchal human society set in sparsely populated frontier. Think of it as a cross between wild west and Afghanistan minus Abrahamic religions. There is very little law enforcement ...
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Martial arts warfare [closed]

Let's say a supernatural being descended to our reality in medieval times. He destroyed all weapons and knowledge about metallurgy and anyone who tries to forge or use a weapon die. But this god-like ...
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What would be required for a large mammal to realistically throw its own kind a significant distance?

This is about the same species as in e.g. How can humans coexist with an intelligent carnivorous species? The culture of this intelligent, carnivorous, primarily quadruped species, in a sense despite ...
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How to best upgrade your Towel for military combat? [closed]

Often your Towel is something which is very useful to carry around with you, especially in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy where you are taught to upgrade your Towel by, say, reinforcing the ...
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