Superman's fighting style.

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#1 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

I have an itching question about the man of tomorrow, how does he fight?

Does he use melee, freestyle fighting, street fighting, or a type of boxing. If you have any ideas or speculations post them here.

And if anyone has a scan of Superman kicking something can they please post it here, i rarely see him in kicking action.

thank you

#2 Edited by SUNMAN (6844 posts) - - Show Bio

he rarely kicks, and as for fighting style he doesn't really have one in a traditional sense. Like a typical western style superhero with super strength and flight he throws a lot of punches, and incorporates some throws, speedblitz's and grapples I guess.


But his super speed agility and other senses make up for his lack of a fighting style.

If you watched the JLU, Superman TAS or JLU you get an idea how certain DC artists view Supermans fighting style

A lot of the time Superman's strategy is to simply overpower his opponent or use his other amazing abilities as an advantage and win the fight (i.e. heat vision frezze breath, super speed etc.)

  


EDIT: Also its hard for someone to generally need a martial art or something to that affect when they can fly (allows them to orient their position easily/keep their balance) and possess super speed
#3 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

So are we talking about Cinematic fist fighting and typical brawling?

Interesting, a superhero who doesn't (maybe) or rarely kicks.

#4 Posted by SUNMAN (6844 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx said:
" So are we talking about Cinematic fist fighting and typical brawling?Interesting, a superhero who doesn't (maybe) or rarely kicks. "
well when Superman was first created all he needed to do was throw a punch or two. Cause he was so overpowered, and over the years his fighting style has improved/become more cinematic. However, I cannot recall a comic I have read or a fight Superman has been in when he threw a kick that was not just to shove/push someone or something away.

But I am sure someone with greater Superman knowledge than I could recollect a time when Superman threw a kick
#5 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

Thank you for the thoughtful replies, i remember pics of him in the Golden age. Always with the one-two or the strong right.

I gotta look for pics where he throws a kick

#6 Posted by Alexander Anderson (4030 posts) - - Show Bio

Theoretically he has knowledge of a Kryptonian martial art that seems similar to Tai Chi, but he rarely uses it in combat.  As Sunman said, he usual just overpowers his opposition with sheer strength and speed, not finesse.

Though it would be a good thing for him to learn to fight with a little more sophistication.  Raw power works against everyday mooks, but many of his opponents are strong enough to fight evenly with him, and knowledge of grappling, holds, breaks and pressure points would give him an edge in those situations.  Frankly I'm surprised he hasn't spent more time training in combat with Bruce and Diana.

#7 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

Do you guys think if he had learned and utilized combat skills that he would have more chances against his adversaries, e.g. Him vs Doomsday back then will the results change if he used some throws and kicks?

I vaguely remember the details and i could be wrong, but i recall that back in the Legion Karate Kid commented that if Superman learned Martial Arts he would be better.

#8 Posted by Dragonet (70 posts) - - Show Bio

What fighting style? All he does is fly at you, punch and then brag by crossing his arm like he is all that..

#9 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dragonet said:
" What fighting style? All he does is fly at you, punch and then brag by crossing his arm like he is all that.. "
Surely he can do other things right? i mean is there another reason that he is on Mortal Kombat vs DC besides the fact that he is an Icon?

Moves of superman that i know so far:
  • Flurry of punches
  • Lift & Throw
  • Strong charged punch
  • Speeding bullet ram
  •  Clothesline
#10 Posted by Dragonet (70 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx said:
" @Dragonet said:
" What fighting style? All he does is fly at you, punch and then brag by crossing his arm like he is all that.. "
Surely he can do other things right? i mean is there another reason that he is on Mortal Kombat vs DC besides the fact that he is an Icon?

Moves of superman that i know so far:
  • Flurry of punches
  • Lift & Throw
  • Strong charged punch
  • Speeding bullet ram
  •  Clothesline
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Superman is a brute, that's all, he doesn't need a fighting style because everything he does is devastating, the dude can knock you out with a pinkie, why would he need to know a fighting style?
 
He hammers, punches, cross lines, uppercuts, but they are moves that anyone with the brain of a cave man can perform, is not like you ever see him performing a butterfly kick or even a spinning heel kick, but why would he if he can just sneeze and freeze you to death without trying?

#11 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dragonet: What about against enemies his own strength or perhaps stronger, like Darkseid for example or maybe Black Adam .
#12 Posted by Dragonet (70 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx said:
" @Dragonet: What about against enemies his own strength or perhaps stronger, like Darkseid for example or maybe Black Adam . "
He didn't practice a martial art while he was becoming a nerd in Smallvile, he has no fighting stile or need for one except these random moves he picked up somewhere to cause damage

He probably picked these moves when his enemies hit him with'em and he just took them..

 The guy farts and the world shakes, why learn to fight? lol


#13 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dragonet: True true, good points man.

But it won't kill him to improvise , it is not the Golden Age anymore. In the video above superman only used his legs for knee-striking Doomsday, hell Doomsday had better brawling skills. Invulnerability and not strength is why he managed to last the battle, in a real fight (both with human attributes) Superman would simply die due to the sheer brutality of his opponents.

A few grapple moves to add up the spice but most are improvised or merely on the spot instincts.

and There are always stronger beings who can overpower the Man of steel.
#14 Posted by T.J. Magnum (27685 posts) - - Show Bio

for those who don't know He has been trained by both Wildcat (in Boxing), and Mongul in the fighting arts. He has also learned more advanced martial arts techniques from Batman.

#15 Posted by castleking (24119 posts) - - Show Bio
and yet he doesnt use them
#16 Edited by T.J. Magnum (27685 posts) - - Show Bio
@castleking said:
"and yet he doesnt use them"

yes he does, mainly when he is de-powered.



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#17 Posted by vaage-aina (63 posts) - - Show Bio

imagine superman, doing that wind blow but he has morning breath lol

#18 Posted by lioneta (333 posts) - - Show Bio

He poses them to death.

#19 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@vaage-aina said:
" imagine superman, doing that wind blow but he has morning breath lol "
A very horrible death for crooks
#20 Posted by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio

Here's a shot of Superman kicking.


#21 Posted by Owen_Porter (83079 posts) - - Show Bio

 

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#22 Posted by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
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Never thought I'd see Superman do a 'tai-chi look-a-like" martial art...
#23 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Aronmorales: Thanks man, its rare to see pics like those why is he kicking himself LOL

@Gambler said:
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Which comic was this page in?

#24 Posted by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx: You're welcome and I don't know.
#25 Posted by Apparition (11349 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx said:
"So are we talking about Cinematic fist fighting and typical brawling?Interesting, a superhero who doesn't (maybe) or rarely kicks."

i dont think that most of them kick.  actually i think most of them just use their powers and dont even throw that many punches...
#26 Posted by Owen_Porter (83079 posts) - - Show Bio
@Apparition said:
" @Nerx said:
"So are we talking about Cinematic fist fighting and typical brawling?Interesting, a superhero who doesn't (maybe) or rarely kicks."
i dont think that most of them kick.  actually i think most of them just use their powers and dont even throw that many punches... "
Agreed
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#27 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Apparition: Is that only in DC though?
#28 Edited by Lantern Prime (13045 posts) - - Show Bio

Hes a brawler and has been shown in multiple panels of just bunching and taking hits. Thats his fighting style. 


I think I read somwhere that Kryptonians have a certain Martial Arts they only know or something.

#29 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe superman did slack on his martial arts training by Wildcat, Mongul and Bats... or he didn't really care because he is already strong in his own right

#30 Posted by Apparition (11349 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx said:
"@Apparition: Is that only in DC though?"

naw that's throughout comics, movies, cartoons, wherever you find superheroes...
#31 Posted by Lantern Prime (13045 posts) - - Show Bio

Horu-Kanu is a Kryptonian fighting style

#32 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Apparition: Really?

In marvel there are supers who can brawl , Luke Cage for example can kick , punch and grapple also i heard that Juggernaut sometimes used Military Style fighting in conjunction with his strength. Rulk , the red guy uses an armbar to subdue hulk. Lets not forget the deadly Midnighter or Grunge in Wildstorm.

Movies: Neo in the Matrix had some martial arts in conjunction with his powers
Cartoons: In teen titans Starfire's sister taught robin how to do some Tamaranian combat moves
Comics: The Brit (i maybe wrong) use military moves sometimes
#33 Posted by Apparition (11349 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx said:
"@Apparition: Really? In marvel there are supers who can brawl , Luke Cage for example can kick , punch and grapple also i heard that Juggernaut sometimes used Military Style fighting in conjunction with his strength. Rulk , the red guy uses an armbar to subdue hulk. Lets not forget the deadly Midnighter or Grunge in Wildstorm.Movies: Neo in the Matrix had some martial arts in conjunction with his powersCartoons: In teen titans Starfire's sister taught robin how to do some Tamaranian combat movesComics: The Brit (i maybe wrong) use military moves sometimes"

you dont want me to name all of the girls who rarely fight with their hands do you?  and that's just the girls.  there are lots of guys like, dr. doom, magneto, lex luthor (most of the time), sinestro (usually), galactus... there are so many its crazy
#34 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Apparition: I may be dead wrong but when he fought against Tenebrous, Galactus attempted a knee-kick?

and Cosmics tend to slap and back-hand alot compared to other types
#35 Posted by SUNMAN (6844 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
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O_O I have never seen Superman move like that before. Just feels out of character
#36 Posted by Apparition (11349 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nerx said:
"@Apparition: I may be dead wrong but when he fought against Tenebrous, Galactus attempted a knee-kick?and Cosmics tend to slap and back-hand alot compared to other types"

lol ok so out of all of his appearances galactus attempts to knee someone once?  i'm gonna say he isnt much of a fighter then, cause he doesnt do it regularly.  same thing with the other cosmics.  they arent martial artists, brawlers, boxers or anything
#37 Posted by Lantern Prime (13045 posts) - - Show Bio
@Lantern Prime said:
"Horu-Kanu is a Kryptonian fighting style "
I think Jo Rel know this form of fighting I don;t know about Supertard though.
#38 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

Do you guys think he should up his fighting skills or keep it with the one-two punching tempo?

#39 Posted by BatDance (2248 posts) - - Show Bio
its Hill Billy fight style
 
don't buy the martial arts stuff, its complete BS. Wonder Woman kicks his ass regular and she only knowns one style, Amazon style
#40 Posted by Handcannon (544 posts) - - Show Bio

Wrong he can fight

 
 
 Shoryuken b!tches
#41 Posted by Darkspyda15 (46 posts) - - Show Bio
@Handcannon said:
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Wrong he can fight

 
 
Shoryuken b!tches
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lmfao too funny
#42 Posted by Matezoide2 (15994 posts) - - Show Bio

he just punches until they are defeated,that always works
 
and he never kicks,for some reason...

#43 Posted by BatDance (2248 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dragonet said:
" What fighting style? All he does is fly at you, punch and then brag by crossing his arm like he is all that.. "
vs Ali
 
#44 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

 Damn boy , he can whoop you good
#45 Posted by Psyron (1512 posts) - - Show Bio
@BatDance:
 Not a good ending bro




#46 Posted by Jerry Seinfeld (598 posts) - - Show Bio

 The way I see it Superman only has limited fighting skills but still some at that but he doesn't need them to much unless someone uses kryptonite on him. I know he has boxing skills taught to him by Wildcat but he compares not very close in fighting skill compared to top martial artists like Batman,Green Arrow,and Lady Shiva. Pure fighting talent goes to Batman though.

 
#47 Posted by Lion_Heart22 (446 posts) - - Show Bio

Uh? Nobody here read that For the Tomorrow comic? In the end, he fights Zod hand to hand rather brutally. In addition to boxing (which he indeed picked up from Wildcat), there's also a panel where he kicks Zod repeatedly at superspeed (think Chun Li's signature attack), and credits Batman and Wonder Woman for teaching him how to properly fight.

#48 Posted by buttersdaman000 (8754 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hope the DCnu Superman utilizes Boxing skills. 
Boxing should be Superman's signature fighting style. I dont want him pulling off spinning roundhouse kicks likes Batman and I dont need him to be like Wonder Woman. Just give me a Superman that knows how to throw some hands, apply some holds, and make some takedowns!! 
Mike Tyson/Brock Lesner fighting style = Superman 

#49 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@buttersdaman000: What about knees, he did some in some alternate earth story
#50 Posted by Primmaster64 (21137 posts) - - Show Bio
@Handcannon said:

Wrong he can fight

 
 
 Shoryuken b!tches
LMAO

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