Have you ever watched a kung fu hero beat up a room full of villains and said to yourself, “No Way”? You may have read some martial arts movie reviews where the writer explains to you how the actor is a real martial artist so it has to be legit right? Well not really, the closest you will get to legitimate fight scenes are Tony Jaa’s Movies. Mostly due to the notion of blows actually making contact in real life, even then when he takes on a whole hoard of enemy’s they come at him one at a time – not very realistic.
Unfortunately, most of those amazing martial arts fighting scenes you’ve dreamed about do not exist, because it is just way too extreme and far fetched.
An awesome way to kick some real butt first showed up in the movie Equilibrium, where Actor Christian Bale uses it to kill almost everyone. It may have also appeared in the spiritual sequel, Ultraviolet, directed by Kurt Wimmer.
The Gun Kata is a gun treated as a total weapon, you shoot a lot of people with it and pistol whips them with it. It is a maximum kill zone and causes damage to a number of “bad guys.” It keeps the “good guy” safe, nobody can cause them harm. It works fully on the notion of awesome poses.
But does it really work in real life?
In most cases where people actually survive a gun fight, they take cover instead of dodging the bullets. But there have been a few martial artists that have created something similar to the Gun Kata.
The Moq’bara from Star Trek is practiced by Klingons everywhere, because a warrior culture only has one fighting style. Depending on the choreographer it may be a simple version of tai chi, an up close and personal punching fest, or just simple boxing. Sometimes it involves the interesting looking sword called, Batleths.
But does it really work?
It actually works pretty well. Star Trek didn’t invent their own style of martial arts, most of their fight scenes use a method of fighting that can be learned at a dojo.
Running on bamboo
The most memorable instance of this is in crouching tiger hidden dragon where you can see the characters jumping ridiculous high and jumping from branch to branch with effortless grace..
Is it legit?
In short No, While bamboo is strong it is not that strong and it also flexes, this is a classic case of Chinese whispers – where someone who may have been really talented almost becomes god like the more time the story gets told.
Ryu and Ken from the series, made popular by the game – Street Fighter learned this style from Gouken, who had strived to create a less violent version of martial arts. The hadoken, a technique that lets a fighter unleash a deadly ball of energy that can fly about 15 miles an hour at your opponent.
Is this possible?
No, a human being cannot hurl a flaming ball of fire at their opponent. (duh)
In the film Gymkata, Kurt Thomas plays an Olympic gymnast who mixes gymnastics with martial arts. It has actually been ranked the 17th worst movie of all time.
But does it really work?
This can be defeated by simply just staying away from a pommel horse and not charging at a flying spin kick.
Put it this way, movies are for entertainment, sometimes real life is just too boring so they basically to exaggerate or even have to make stuff up.