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Fight Choreography: The Art of Non-Verbal Dialogue by John Kreng

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Tournament/Point Fighting

Tournament fighting as we know it today has its origins in Japanese karate, where it is called Kumite, which literally means “meeting of hands.” The original idea was to have a friendly meeting of martial artists to try out their skills in an unrehearsed manner (such as one-step sparring), where they could see whether their techniques and strategic theories would work. Pulling techniques just short of contact was the best solution so that no one would suffer any serious damage and all would learn from the experience. The other martial artists observing would make comments about who would’ve made contact first and who landed the single blow to the correct area that appeared strong enough to stop, injure, or kill the opponent. ...

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