Today we shall see if all that training, gaming and movie watching have paid off. Can you tell the difference between real martial arts maneuvers and fictional ones? In this quiz, you shall face both. Fight!
While a favorite move of pro-wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper and The Three Stooges, the two-finger eye poke is also listed in Dr. Ted Gambordella's "The 100 Deadliest Karate Moves." Were you able to block that one?
If you attempted the hadouken, then you look quite the fool, student. While connecting your wrists and thrusting forward may summon a bolt of flaming, blue spirit energy in the "Street Fighter" video game series, it will get you nowhere in reality.
Such deception! The Boston Crab is indeed an established submission hold in the scripted, fictional world of pro-wrestling. You may have also found that it was next to impossible to lock on your kid brother without his cooperation. And yet, in the very real world of Judo the hold is known as ryo-ashi-hishigi, or double leg crush. Perform a Google image search if you do not believe your master!
As a wise sensei once said, "Silly names hide the most pain!" It may sound like something from a cartoon, but the gogoplata is a legitimate mixed martial arts hold. Applied from the rubber guard position, this move requires a flexible user to place his shin against the opponent's throat, while pulling the head forward into the choke.
As depicted in the 1983 Hong Kong film "Shaolin dou La Ma," The Shaolin Buddha Finger is a near-mystical strike. The hero extends his middle finger knuckle to deliver crippling blows to his opponent's weakest points. Each strike makes a symbol-clashing noise. Pure fiction! Yet, middle finger knuckle strikes are used in a variety of martial arts, only without the sound effects.
The shadow kick was made famous by the very fictional Johnny Cage in the "Mortal Kombat" video game series. It is not to be confused with the shadowless kick, however, made famous by Chinese master Wong Fei Hung.
The bakurikimaha or "demon energy wave" is a fantastic attack -- provided you're a character in "Dragon Ball Z." The villain King Piccolo uses the move to great effect, but good luck using it in a real fight!
Practitioners Déjà-Fu have been known to use the straddle of the fish against opponents, but only in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. Déjà-Fu requires the martial artists to use time itself as a weapon. Yes, it's quite fictional!
Much to the dismay of testicles, monkey steals the peach is real. According to controversial martial artist and author Ashida Kim, this is the classical name for an upward groin slap. A kneeling fighter raises a clinched claw strike into an opponent's groin. Ouch!
First, the La Magistral Cradle is a pinning maneuver, making it fairly useless in an actual fight. Second, it’s a Mexican pro-wrestling or lucha libre move, which means that the primary emphasis is on intricacy and flash. If you were counting on this move to earn your victory, then you have failed, student!