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Crunch! Pow! Zap!: The Best Martial Artists In Comics

Martial arts have always been part of culture, both popular and otherwise. We love watching martial arts movies, playing fighting games, and practicing martial arts for self-defense and staying healthy. It’s no surprise that among the super heroes that are seeing a massive surge in popularity lately, a lot of those heroes are martial artists. Here are the best:

Black Widow

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Natasha Romanoff is an ex-Russain spy currently part of the Avengers. While she has no super-powers, she’s well versed in a mix of martial arts, learned during her spy days. So far, they’ve shown her to be proficient in combat sambo, jujitsu, aikido, and karate. This lethal mix of martial arts knowledge, along with her spy skills makes her an invaluable member to the Avengers, even if she has no super powers.

Iron Fist

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Danny Rand, the current holder of the title of “the Immortal Iron Fist” is the latest in a long line of martial artists to hold the title of Iron Fist, defender of Kun-Lun. Unlike most martial artists on this list, however, Iron Fist is shown to have powers, able to channel his energy into his fists, allowing him to punch through almost anyting.

Cassandra Caine

DC Database – Fandom

Cassandra Caine, the second Batgirl, was trained from birth to be a killer. While she has no powers per se, she does have a sort of photographic memory that allows her to instantly memorize any movement she sees as well as sense what physical movement her opponent is going to make as he makes it. This makes her one of the most dangerous martial artists in the DC Universe.

Batman

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Bruce Wayne is the peak of human physical condition without powers, advanced technology, or enhancers. Part of his long, grueling path to becoming the Batman was training under several martial arts masters. As a result, Batman is one of the most versatile martial artists in the DC Universe, well versed in several martial arts, including some alien ones as well.

Do you have a favorite comicbook superhero? Be sure to let us know!

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That’s Gonna Leave A Mark: Most Common Wrestling Injuries

When you make a living getting punched, slammed, kicked, tackled, and generally brutalized, all while wearing usually nothing more than spandex, you’re bound to get injured. Often it’s just a sprain or some bruising, but wrestlers often suffer from more serious injuries. Here are the most common injury types pro wrestlers suffer from:

Concussions

It’s bad enough getting punched in the face. Getting punched in the face repeatedly is even worse. Concussions from botching moves and landing on your head or taking miscalculated shots that hit much harder than they were supposed to? Probably the worse kind of concussion you can end up with. Some wrestlers have even been forced to retire do to the severity of the concussions suffered.

Knee Injuries

Lots of wrestlers like to use “high-flying” moves. These moves often involve jumping off high places, onto other wrestlers and trying to land as safely as possible. Unfortunately, “safely as possible” isn’t very safe at all. This has resulted with wrestlers landing wrong and dislocating or injuring their knees. One particularly memorable moment was when a wrestler landed so badly, his knee snapped.

Neck and Shoulder Injuries

One of the most dangerous injuries pro wrestlers suffer from, these are often the result of a botched move. In the past few years, several wrestlers including Tyson Kidd and the very popular Nikki Bella had been forced to retire due to neck injuries that were near fatal. In fact, the damage is so severe, that even after surgery and rehabilitation, they can’t wrestle without again without facing the threat of paralysis or even death.

ACL Injuries

Torn ACLs are relatively common in most athletes and pro wrestlers are no exception. What’s so frustrating about torn ACLs is that it will put you out of action for a while and you can incur the injury even when not engaging in one of the more dangerous stunts. A few weeks ago, one wrestler tore his ACL just getting thrown out of the ring as part of the promo.

Have you suffered any of these injuries while practicing martial arts? What tips do you have for a speedy recovery?

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But It’s Fake! Things Every Martial Artist Can Learn From Pro Wrestling

One of the most common lines every fan of professional wrestling will hear is “But wrestling is fake!” Ironic really since a lot of the people who look down on pro wrestling as fake are also the people who get emotionally invested in stuff like Harry Potter or The Avengers, right?

The truth is, even if pro wrestling is fake, real martial artists can learn a lot from it. People often forget that unlike other fictional works, pro wrestling is done on a weekly basis, in front of a live audience. This means that a lot of the safeguards in place for TV and movies aren’t available for pro wrestlers. This puts pro wrestlers in a position that martial artists have a lot to learn from. Here are a few:

Injuries Will Happen

Pro wrestlers spend a lot of time working out, training, and practicing their moves for shows. Despite all this practice and training, pro wrestlers still suffer from crippling injuries; sometimes even death.  Martial artists should do well to keep this in mind. Even wrestlers who train specifically to not injure each other can accidentally do so, what more fighters in tournaments where the combat is real?

Injuries Can Be Overcome

A few years ago, pro wrestler Daniel Bryan was seriously injured to the point that he had to retire. It was a heartbreaking time as he was a much beloved wrestler. Earlier this year, Daniel Bryan announced that he was medically cleared to make a return. For a lot of martial artists, an injury often signals the end of a career. Bryan’s return teaches us that while a comeback can take years, with hard work it’s still possible.

Being A Pro Wrestler Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be A Martial Artist

For a long time, the belief was that you were either a pro wrestler or a martial artist, with no middle ground. This line was finally crossed when Brock Lesnar managed to fight his way to the top. Since then, other athletes such as Bobby Lashley have managed to balance successful careers between the two.  This teaches us you can love fake fighting while still being good at real fighting.

Is there anything “fake” that you love that you’ve drawn real-life lessons from?

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