New Martial Arts Styles

Copyright Glen E. Terry © 2009

Edited by Peter Mork for The Guild Companion

"Oral tradition indicates that Bokator or an early form thereof was the close quarter combat system used by the armies of Angkor 1000 years ago"

Jeet Kune Do (Advanced Style; 60 points)

A martial art devised by the famed Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do is a mixture of several other styles and has a decent following in the Martial Arts world.

  • Greater Adrenal Defense
  • Degree 4 Strikes
  • Degree 3 Nerve Strikes
  • Degree 2 Sweeps
  • Degree 2 Locking Holds
  • Additional Rank 4 Strike

Aikido (Advanced Style; 60 points)

Aikido is a martial art based on using your foes' own strength and momentum against them. While largely thought of as a defensive style, Aikido is masterful in its ability to subdue opponents.

  • Greater Adrenal Defense
  • Degree 4 Sweeps
  • Degree 4 Locking Holds
  • Degree 2 Strikes
  • Degree 1 Nerve Strikes
  • All-Around Defense
  • Additional Rank 2 Sweep

Muay Thai (Advanced Style; 60 points)

Muay Thai is referred to as "The Art of Eight Limbs", as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai ("nak muay") thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight "points of contact," as opposed to "two points" (fists) in Western boxing and "four points" (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country's national sport.

  • Degree 4 Strikes
  • Degree 1 Sweeps
  • Greater Adrenal Defense
  • +/- 2 on Critical
  • +1 Initiative

Special Abilities:

Hanuman: Muay Tai stylists have a haymaker move in which they use their legs to provide additional momentum and drive both fists into the underside of the opponents jaw. The Muay Tai stylist must first prepare the Hanuman by taking a 10% action. The following round, he subtracts 25 from his attack, but if he scores a critical, he adds one fourth of his St bonus to the critical roll.

Escrima (Advanced Style; 60 points)

Escrima refers to a class of Filipino Martial Arts that emphasize stick and sword fighting. The term and the art most probably originates from the Spanish word "esgrima" which is the term for fencing. Occasionally the abbreviation "FMA" ("Filipino Martial Arts") is used. The teaching of the basic skills in FMA are traditionally simplified. With limited time to teach flashy and intricate techniques, only skills that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught en masse were used.

  • Degree 4 Strikes
  • Degree 3 Sweeps
  • Degree 3 Locking Holds
  • Degree 1 Nerve Strikes
  • Lesser Adrenal Defense
  • Dagger Kata
  • Quarterstaff Kata
  • Mace (Stick) Kata
  • Paired Mace Kata
  • +10 to Disarm Foe (Armed)

Special Abilities:

Lubai: If an Escrima stylist achieves a Locking Hold Critical that states that the attacker has a hold on the target, he may make an additional Martial Arts Sweeps attack against that target at --20.

Krav Maga (Advanced Style; 60 points)

Krav Maga is an eclectic hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter during a period of anti-Semitic activity in Bratislava in the mid- to late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his emigration to Israel, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the IDF, developing the techniques that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for both civilian and military applications.

  • Degree 4 Strikes
  • Degree 3 Nerve Strikes
  • Degree 2 Sweeps
  • Degree 2 Locking holds
  • All-Around Defense
  • Greater Adrenal Defense
  • +5 to Brawling (5)
  • +5 to Disarm For (Unarmed)

Special Abilities:

Bursting: Krav Maga artists are trained to block with one arm and attack with the other in a single motion. If a Krav Maga stylist uses both all-around defense (10% action) and adrenal defense (10% action) while parrying 70% or more, then he may make a single Degree 1 Strikes attack against one foe. This counter-attack is resolved immediately after foe's attack and suffers a --30 penalty.

Bokator (Advanced Style; 60 points)

Bokator is a Cambodian martial art that includes close hand-to-hand combat, ground techniques and weapons. Bokator is one of the earliest Cambodian martial art and only younger than the Mon-Khmer martial art of yuthakun khom. Oral tradition indicates that Bokator or an early form thereof was the close quarter combat system used by the armies of Angkor 1000 years ago.

  • Degree 4 Sweeps
  • Degree 3 Strikes
  • Degree 3 Locking Holds
  • Degree 1 Nerve Strikes
  • Greater Adrenal Defense
  • Staff Kata
  • Stick Kata
  • Paired Stick Kata
  • +5 to Body Development

Special Abilities:

Prone Fighting: A Bokator stylist may fight from the prone position and still use half of his Adrenal Defense DB.

Tiger Leap: By taking a 70% action, the Bokator stylist leaps at his opponent. The character makes a Sweep attack at --20. If this attack inflicts a critical, the attacker may make a Degree 3 Strike immediately thereafter. If the Sweep attack inflicts at least a 'B' critical, then the opponent is also knocked prone. Regardless, the attacker is prone at the end of this maneuver.

Snake Strike: From the prone position, a Bokator stylist may make a Degree 4 Sweep attack. If this attack results in a critical, the stylist may then make a Degree 2 Locking Hold attack. Both of these attacks suffer a --20 penalty.

Pradal Serey (Advanced Style; 60 points)

Pradal Serey is a Cambodian style of martial art. It is visually similar and evolved from the same martial arts tree of sibling arts such as Muay Thai from Thailand. The term pradal serey means free fighting, from the Khmer words pradal (fight/boxing) and serey (free). Originally used for warfare, pradal serey is now one of Cambodia's national sports. Its moves have been slightly altered for the modern ring sport.

  • Degree 4 Strikes
  • Degree 3 Sweeps
  • Degree 2 Nerve Strikes
  • Degree 2 Locking Holds
  • Greater Adrenal Defense
  • Sword Kata
  • Staff Kata
  • Stick Kata
  • Paired Weapon Kata

Special Abilities:

Water Buffalo Horned Fighting (aka Double Elbow Slash): When declaring at least a 30% parry the Pradal Serey stylist can set his opponent up for a quick elbow strike to the face, and then cross back and execute the same attack in reverse. This maneuver is a 50% action that allows the attacker to make two Rank 4 Strikes attacks at a penalty of --30.

Knee/Elbow strike: After moving at least 10 feet, a Pradal Serey stylist can launch himself into the air, driving his knee into his opponent's chest while driving an elbow down onto the top of his opponent's head. This combination is a 70% action that allows the attacker to make two Rank 4 Strikes attacks at a penalty of --40 to OB and --20 to DB. Any critical on the second attack gains a bonus equal to the average of the attacker's St and Ag bonuses.

Editor's Note: For more details on these martial art styles, please follow the linkss to visit the relevant Wikipedia pages.