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I'm sick of seeing characters who can't fight right...

I might animate some of these moves soon.

Song: Ice Cube - It Was a Good day
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PantherFlint Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I hate it too man, it's like no one has ever seen just one Bruce Lee movie.... These are awesome, I shall definitely use for reference.
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steelelover132 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i like Today was a good day plays :D
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Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The different angles you showed of each move are really helpful.
This is probably the most useful tutorial I've seen before.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Cool, thanks! I'm glad someone took notice on me showing all angles.

I have a whole series of other tutorials on different subjects in my gallery as well if you're interested.
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Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
I'll go look for sure.
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Ravyn-Karasu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Absolutely invaluable. Appreciate the share. This really makes me think more carefully about the types of fighters I have in my wrestling story.
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DARHenwood Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
i must poit out that while chinese martial arts generally lead right had, everything japan n thai is left so tbh i think most styles use left forward nowadays as its in boxing etc aswell
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Methodical2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
you forgot the low kick
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Just aim low for any of these kicks and they become a low kick.

Aim high and you got a high kick.
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Methodical2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
true....i enjoyed looking at this though because i feel that a lot of people in comic books and manga can't realy fight also
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I feel that way for many of the artists here too.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student Artist
This is utterly fantastic! Have you considered compiling these tutorials into book form?

Also, do you have any general tips on how to visually differentiate between a character who's had formal fighting training versus a character who picked it up "on the streets" etc.—say, general differences in stance, or move execution?
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Never thought about it. It'd sure be pretty different without the animation and music.

Good question. This is giving me an idea for an add-on tutorial, which I'll work on shortly.
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VonnCross Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Add low hooking kick and low hooking snap kick, those are pretty useful for beginners to learn and they're easy to do.
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darkzero779 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
this is nicely done tutorial ill be of some great use for those making their own fighters,i can say thanks for making it,
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pawch Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
I must ask if your going to do another tutorial on throwing and grappling or is that too much.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yes, I was considering that, but that's a lot more complicated than striking.

I mean if I try to show people the kimura, I'd have to make it reeeally clear which arm goes where. And then there's all the takedowns, leg trips, slams, etc.
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pawch Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
It would be useful but a total waste of your time.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeeeah...I suppose expecting people to remember that shit would be asking too much.
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Devonition Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   General Artist
the kicks were pretty interesting and so were the stances
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SinfulFreedom Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I like your stances and styles.

You might like to know that the positioning of the elbows helps establish a character's fighting style. If the elbows are low and down than a person will most likely be using defense and counter type strikes. The higher the elbows are the more they're likely to throw offensive blows because there is less need to defend while on offense and it provides for swifter strikes.

I noticed that most of the stances had lowered elbows which is something that is prevalent more in boxers than your average street fighter or martial artist. But most people are somewhere in between.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah...I guess I just feel like not protecting your midsection with your elbows would be stupid.
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SinfulFreedom Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Indeed, but if you've got a core of steel like some of the guys I've gone against, it doesn't really matter unless you're getting hit by an equally powerful dude. But yes the best defense is a good offense.

Basically fighting is like your average paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper.

The three categories can be broken down to Offense beats Defense, Defense beats Trapping (or counters), and Trapping beats Offense. So say your arms are up like your open could be to your advantage, which could convince a defensive fighter to see an opening and then you'd strike with a counter-attack. It all depends on how the character should fight. Powerful characters should go offense, well balanced characters stick with defense, and swift lean characters characters normally go with trappings/counter-attacks.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Good explanations, sir.

Some good 'swift lean counterattack' types I can think of in MMA are Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. Those guys have had insane winning streaks because they couldn't be hit.
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ThornedVenom Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It should be noted that most traditional fighting styles force you into an orthodox stance because of the fact that the liver is located on the right-hand side (therefore you protect your right-side with your left side.) Southpaw stances however pop up in situational opportunities.

For moving forward, I have seen in Taekwondo where you actually do cross your legs except that the moving leg is placed behind the other instead of in front. It's typically used for rapid sneak repositioning right before placing a side-kick.

I'm also wondering if the list of moves would be expanded in the near future for stuff like chopping, back-wrist/reverse punch, one-inch punch, leg sweeping, etc... otherwise it's a really awesome comprehensive collection of fighting moves. :)
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I won't include those moves here, since this was meant for basic stuff.

Perhaps in the future I'll show advanced moves. We'll see.
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ThornedVenom Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds like some future jiu-jitsu research may be involved.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh man...that's gonna be challenging.

I try to show the kimura and people will be like "The right arm goes where now!?"
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ThornedVenom Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh fuck that shit.
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mihaimcm94 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hajime no ippo great boxing anime lots of fights and poses to learn from
oh...and Phitus my love u XD
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I love you too, sir.
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OneManSociety Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Again a great tutorial for The Great PhiTus. Thanks for this, it shows a bunch of really useful moves and references. I might actually try doing some combat poses in my drawing because of this.

I think I wonder though, are You a commando member or something, with a hobby of making art? Cause you know A LOT about guns, fighting, martial arts (and more thing, that i don't know about).
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hah, no I'm not in the military.

I used to take taekwondo back in the day and then I learned MMA skills from friends and internet/downloaded videos.

As for guns? Well...I just really really like guns. I don't own any but I have airsoft bb guns.
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Thundermane Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
This must've been a lot of work. Nicely done and very helpful.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Not quite as much work compared to the other flash tutorials since this only took one day to do, but hard work nonetheless. Thanks.
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luvtehcomix Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
did anyone else click the play music button a million different times to see what kind of songs it made?
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hah, I knew at least one person would try that.
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Ganth Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Very nicely done. I remember making something like this, but for writers...[link]

I take it you saw Anderson Silva transform the front kick from a joke to the craziest knockout of the year?
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Ganth Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
ALSO. For those reading...

For some reference on how skilled kickboxers move/fight, I recommend looking up fighters like Gokhan Saki (crazy skilled combos), Remy Bonjasky (makes flying shit work), Andy Hug (turned karate into a genuinely nasty attack), Peter Aerts (legend of the sport), and Badr Hari (incredible athlete; has a spectacular spinning hook kick knockout). Looking at their stances, the way they move, and the way they attack is useful.

Also, here's why you never back straight up: [link]
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh hell yeah, nobody saw that coming. Certainly not Vitor. I think he was tricked into thinking the kick was gonna go low and then POW, right in the kisser.
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Wazaga Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
where the hell was this when I needed it? :ohnoes:

seriously, this beauty is invaluable, particularly for an amateur like me. thanks for taking the time to put it together.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Good to know I'm helping people. :thumbsup:

Every time I see an awkward looking punch or kick from the character who seems to have never had any training but supposedly does because the artist says so, I die inside a little.

And then I yell at the screen, "THAT'S GONNA BREAK YOUR ARM IF YOU PUNCH LIKE THAT, IDIOT. YOU CAN'T HURT ANYBODY WITH THAT PUSSY PUNCH."
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Wazaga Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine I must have given you eye-cancer then. cause that's pretty much what I feel like looking at my own work. in the past, I kept avoiding drawing fight scenes mostly because I KNEW I wasn't doing it right... no matter how many references I used, it looked wrong... now backstage (off dA) I've been forcing myself to practice and try and get things right for future fight scenes I might need... and collecting anything I see useful to help...

I might not have commented much for most of the tuts you've made concerning guns, fighting, scenery and stuff, but it's all been a major help, and I really do thank you for making them.

heh heh, btw, you know you've made a huge impression on me when I draw something in relation to any of those subjects wrong and my first thoughts are "well, shit, Phi would castrate me if he saw THIS!" :lmao:
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hah, those are so very pleasant thoughts.
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Wazaga Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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0Anesthetic4u Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
This would make fantastic reference material if I didn't have a set of retards for hands.

I kept getting visually confused with the blue lines. It was sometimes hard to tell how one set was different then the previous set. It would also have been nice if the next and back buttons were consistantly in the same place. Its kind of hard tofigure out the difference is some of the techniques with out repeatedly looking back an forth between them.

I don't really know if it counts as a kick but I feel like the curb stomp is missing from this.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well that's your fault, buddy. Pay closer attention.

No, curb stomps are not kicks. I don't need a tutorial telling you how to stomp.
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0Anesthetic4u Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Maybe I don't need to be told how to stomp, but maybe I need to be told how to stomp like a badass.
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DukeMills Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good stuff, brings back memories from my old classes..
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