I like to write. In particular, I like to write sci-fi action, and might dabble into fantasy action. Either way, I think Fantasy and Science-Fiction are just two sub-genres of non-realistic fiction (I know fiction isn't reality, but there's a difference between a story about LA cops going undercover in a drug cartel and elves fighting orcs). Since starting martial arts, I've grown more and more interested about martial arts as they pertain to the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and how I can explore these themes going forward. I'd like to bring up a few different series/books/movies, and a bit about how martial arts work in those series: Star Wars, Equilibrium, Animorphs, Dragonball/Harry Potter, The Matrix. Star Wars Star Wars includes fictional weapons, such as lightsabers and blasters, the former of which can act as a shield against the latter. It also includes the Force, a power which some can wield for increased physical traits, awareness, and better reaction times, as well as wield for telekenetic powers. Star Wars Expanded Universe/Legends have exploded with theory and history behind the lightsaber and its use in combat, to include 7 Forms (which are really styles, and there's two Form 5s and two Form 7s so really 9 Forms) of combat. Some are based on real-life sword styles like Kendo or Fencing, some are based on defense against blasters, and some are based on using the Force to power your techniques. In modern times, dueling lightsaber clones are available to the public, from companies like Vader's Vault, Ultrasabers, Kyber Light, Saber Forge, and others. These combine metal handles with high-strength polymer "blades", along with internal electronics like super-bright LEDs, sound cards and speakers. These allow people to explore the martial arts in Star Wars and even compete. There are schools like Terra Prime Light Armory which teach "LED sword" techniques (to avoid copyright infringement) based on the martial arts as discussed in the Star Wars Legends. Equilibrium Equilibrium is set in a dystopian future where emotions are outlawed. In this future, they have a martial art built around guns, called the Gun Kata, in which gunfighters have analyzed thousands of hours of footage from gunfights, and picked stances and points of aim most likely to shoot your enemy without being shot yourselves. This art is taught to the Tetragrammaton Clerics, who dual-wield pistols in impressive forms, basically "dodging" bullets with proper stances and knowledge of probable trajectories. To someone who understands how guns work, it makes very little sense, but it's a cool idea and a very impressive visual spectacle that, for the most part, allows me to suspend my disbelief. This was a fictional martial art created based on real-world weapons with a fantastical application for them. Animorphs Animorphs is a book series about kids who gain the ability to morph into animals, for the sake of fighting against an alien invasion. The aliens are parasitic slugs that enter the brain and take over the host. They are starting a conquest of Earth, but they have already taken over the Hork-Bajir (7-foot-tall muscle-bound aliens with foot-long spines on their knees and elbows) and the Taxxons (giant centipede-like creatures which are basically useless in combat). Also included in this series are Andalites, who have the morphing technology, but are already powerful in their own right. Andalites are centaur-like creatures with a scorpion-like tail that has a scythe-like blade on the end, which is long, fast, strong, and flexible enough to cut off limbs and heads without you even seeing it move. Animorphs brings up a few interesting martial arts aspects. On the one hand, it gets to the true nature of many traditional Asian martial arts that are designed after animals, like Tiger style or Praying Mantis style, because the kids are taking the form of animals to fight. They're literally taking the form of bears, tigers, wolves, and gorillas, and then going hand-to-hand with the aliens mentioned above. There's also the Andalites, who have a martial art built around their tail-fighting. There isn't a whole lot of lore here, as most of what you see is simply the main Andalite in the series slicing through enemies, but there are a few parts in the series where two Andalites train together and hone their tail-fighting craft, and give each other advice on technique and on hiding their tells. I really like this, and it's actually one that interests me the most to explore, especially as I'm in the process of writing a fan-fiction reboot of the series. There's several ideas to explore here: Martial arts in their primal form, as in the fighting arts of animals Along the lines of animal fighting styles, is animals with human minds, and how that might be different Martial arts of aliens, arts designed based around alien anatomy, i.e. Centaur-like Andalites can't do turning kicks like in Taekwondo, they have weak arms so they're not likely to be boxers or karate experts, but their tail blades are impressive weapons to weild Less explored in the series, but something I'd like to explore: human martial arts adapted to a world with aliens or fantasy creatures. How would Judo work against a centaur? How about Hapkido against a Harpy? Boxing against a ghost? What styles would be best against the Undead? These ideas also come up in Transformers, i.e. the fighting styles of the Transformers and how they are similar to or different from that of humans. Dragonball/Harry Potter Dragonball is the extreme extension of the mystical idea behind martial arts, that you can use martial arts knowledge combined with your energy (or some other nonsense) to do ki attacks. I believe this is common in a LOT of Kung Fu movies, but I typically don't watch them if they delve into this territory. Unless it takes place in a complete fantasy setting, like The Seven Deadly Sins, Dragonball, Warcraft, Avatar (the airbender series, not the blue people movie), etc. I really don't like the idea of making martial arts unrealistic. I prefer movies like Ong Bak Thai Warrior, Enter the Dragon, or Undisputed 4. Many of these have terrible acting, but they have impressive technique. This is why I love Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa, is they seem to prefer doing movies without wires. However, as a kid, I loved Dragonball Z, and all the different energy attacks they had. Similarly, in many fantasy games, you have mage or wizard classes that can summon balls of fire or ice to attack their enemies. These are typically not portrayed as martial arts, but in a sense they are, as you can use your knowledge of the world to fight against your enemies, either unarmed or armed with special weapons to help channel your powers. This is why, halfway through writing this section, I decided to include Harry Potter. DB and HP are completely different in how they approach martial arts, but both show an extensive repertoire of techniques and show people learning, practicing, and developing those. Whether you're talking about the Kamehameha Wave and the Special Beam Cannon in Dragonball Z, or you're talking about stun spells, kill spells, and cutting spells in Harry Potter, there is a definite art to what the fighters are doing. The Matrix The Matrix presents a reality where things are not normally possible, but we've kind of already covered that with Star Wars. However, the Matrix also provides a way for people to become instant experts in an art. Dollhouse follows a similar pattern - imprint the Doll with the memories and skills of a martial artist, and they are a martial artist. I wrote a book called Numan, in which the main character was basically Captain America with an eidetic memory and better senses, among other things. He was able to learn martial arts in a similar way, where he would see the form diagrams and from those was able to learn the moves. However, just learning the moves wasn't enough. He had to be trained in tactics and practical applications (which admittedly didn't take long). This style of learning martial arts through implanted skills instead of through years of training is certainly an interesting topic. Ways this topic can be explored include: Jealousy of people who took years to master martial arts vs. those that were able to carbon-copy install the arts like in The Matrix Efficacy of experience vs. raw downloaded technique The search for better versions of the download file, i.e. a "master copy" vs. a "distributed copy" vs. the shareware/pirated version. Alternatively, people can have tweaked files to include better technique or prune out "fluff", and people can search for the best file available Exploration of situations like Frankenstein or Gamer, or any other fantasy/sci-fi version of putting the consciousness of a great fighter into a younger or more powerful body. This Thread I've brought up a lot of different series and ideas, and honestly I'm not sure where I want this thread to go. I just love science fiction and fantasy action, and I also love martial arts. So I guess I just wanted a thread to talk about how the two can mix. This includes: As a writer, developing martial arts as they pertain to aliens and fantasy races or creatures How martial arts would be different for a human in worlds with aliens and fantasy races and creatures Martial arts as they exist in fantasy settings, such as those with magic, The Force, or where ki is a tangible thing Martial arts with fictional weapons Martial arts training in these fantasy settings Instant gratification martial arts training Fantastical styles for real-world application, such as gun kata, and their training I'm curious about your thoughts on these topics, or other topics that bridge the genres of unrealistic fiction with the subject of martial arts.