Monday, July 28, 2014

The Family Tree of Fighting

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This is interesting.

I've never heard of Muslim Kung-Fu, Glima, Indian Kickboxing, Gatka or Wheelchair Fencing until I stumbled upon this chart.

  • Glima is a style of Nordic combat devised by the Vikings about 1200 years ago. It is sometimes referred to as Icelandic Jiu-Jitsu. Here are a pair of Glima grapplers:
  • Gatka is a weapons system practiced by Sikhs that was created in the 15th century in northern India. Modern exponents use sticks in lieu of a live blade to simulate swordfighting. Here are a duo of Gatka fighters:
  • I had no idea there was such a thing as Wheelchair fencing. Here is a bout featuring duelists in wheelchairs:

I'm still discovering.

(h/t: Shapeless Randomness)