The post itself has less to do with sci-fi and fantasy than my other 9 posts. However, since the people I'm creating these arts for are orcs and elves, I think it still fits the bill. The culture I built for each race starts with language. Orcs have a simple language, which you could learn in entirety by the equivalent of 3rd grade. They have no synonyms, virtually no pronouns, and everything simply means what it means. It was designed this way to be easy to teach and easy to use. As a result, everything in their culture is easy to learn, easy to teach, and easy to do. They design things like this on purpose, and take pride in their efficiency. Elves are the exact opposite. They over-complicate everything. They may have 50 different synonyms for every word, and if you don't know which of those words is most appropriate for the context, then someone with a better grasp of the language can look down on you. In the "pro" column, this leads to a very rich artistic culture, but in the "con" column, most elves are pretentious snobs. And this brings us to the martial arts. I've got a pretty good idea of how a martial art can be simplified. In fact, I think I've got the entirety of the Orc's art created already. It's basically boxing with a few low kicks and a few sweeps and throws. However, I am open to ideas on the Elves. They over-complicate everything. What are ways you could make a martial art more complicated, more convoluted, in such a way that the more you know about it, the more you could look down on someone for not knowing it as well? I have ideas for other races, such as Dwarves being primarily competition-based and using similar training strategies as you'd see in wrestling, BJJ, or MMA, of "show me what you got and I'll figure out how to beat it", and some of the smaller races simply fighting dirty.