Ever seen Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris? These names spring to mind when we think “kung fu” or “karate”. Spinning kicks and dizzying punches are their hallmark. Imagine facing a combatant with that skill. Think you can survive? You wouldn’t last ten seconds till your bloodied head plops on the floor. These fighters can calculate moves and counter moves 5 minutes ahead before you throw your first punch. Combat, after all, is like chess. It’s a test of your mind power and reflexes.
There’s more to martial arts than just kicks and punches. Bruce Lee is known for the famous one inch punch. He can literally throw a short range punch that causes death 1 to 12 hours later. The subsequent organ failure is dramatic; it ensues not because of the punch (that traveled just 1 inch), but because of catastrophic damage wrought upon the energy centers of the victim. Steven Segal, an aikido master, can disrupt the flow of chi with a few well placed pokes and get an opponent 3x larger writhing on the floor.