The Martial Arts of Avatar

One of the greatest things about the cartoon series is that the creators based the fictional powers of “bending” on real life martial arts. Having trained in Aikido for 7 years, anything that realistically portrays martial arts in the media is always a pleasure.

Note that Sifu Kisu was the chief martial arts advisor for Avatar: The Last Airbender tv series.

Northern Shaoling Kung Fu – Firebending

Hung Gar Kung Fu – Earthbending

Bagua Zhang – Airbending

Tai Chi Chuan – Waterbending

…and something extra
Southern Praying Mantis – Toph’s Earthbending (because Toph deserves her own recognition).

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