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

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Pro Wrestling

Professional wrestling is not listed in the types or styles of fights or described as a sport or art because it is actually in an arena of its own. It is described as “sports entertainment” and is very similar to the elements of fight choreography. Pro wrestling gathers elements of acting, fight choreography, martial acting, live theater, showmanship, and simulated reality—all dealt within and around the ring. The shows are performed differently and in a different town each time.

Professional wrestling has gotten a bad rap over the decades as being cheesy, having larger-than-life dramatics in the storyline, being “too staged,” using over-the-top theatrics, and not being a real “sport” because the outcomes are predetermined. I don’t ...

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