Though we hardly ever acknowledge it, mythology continues to be robust a part of our tradition. Folklore has developed considerably, as America’s legendary heroes have been frontier trappers,

cowboys, policemen, troopers, masked males, caped

superheroes and science fiction men-of-action

comparable to Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon, Han Solo, and

in fact…Captain Kirk of the Starship


Changing Indians (the Native American variety), “commies”, and Nazis with Aliens because the bad-guys, and international lands as undiscovered planets, from September 8, 1966 – September 2, 1969, Invoice Shatner kicked extraterrestrial ass for 79 episodes utilizing World Battle II Judo and Jujutsu.

Amazingly, with all of the far-out and high-tech

phasers, photons, and different assorted excessive tech

junk they might have used to save lots of the day, Kirk

and his boys typically reverted again to the

hand-to-hand fight strikes they will need to have realized

from their great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers.

(That, or sooner or later the navy truly

purchased a clue and determined to begin educating what

truly works once more!)

Now, whether or not you are a pointy-ear-wearin’

“Trekkie” or not, positively try an episode

or two subsequent time your surfin’ by the Sci-Fi


You will discover that the aliens that the crew

encountered had been typically bodily dominating and

at occasions a lot bigger and stronger, subsequently

calling for a better and simpler method

to fight than the wildly thrown “haymaker”


Whereas precise phrases like close-combat, martial

arts, Jujutsu or Judo had been not noted of the

script, the educated observer will

instantly acknowledge the place the devastating edge

of hand strikes, brutal kicks, and ferocious

throws come from. Within the well-known episode “Area”, Captain Kirk has

to combat the reptilian commander of an enemy

vessel in one-on-one fight. Kirk assaults the

alien with a flurry of blows together with all these

discovered within the WWII navy combative programs we


In “Day of the Dove”, Kirk and the remainder of his

crew are pitted in opposition to Klingon warriors in

close-combat as either side are restricted to solely

their very own respective warrior codes for steering.

My very own private favourite, “Bread and Circuses”,

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy use fists, swords, and

something and every part else they’ll get their

palms on to battle technologically superior


Though there isn’t a actual Vulcan neck pinch, Gene

Roddenberry and the others who helped to create

Star Trek had been merchandise of a era that knew

the way to combat. The truth is, Roddenberry himself had

legislation enforcement expertise and piloted a B-17 in

the Pacific throughout WWII.

Throughout this time, the USA navy

practiced hand-to-hand fight coaching based mostly off

of what was taught by W.E. Fairbairn and different

pioneers of REAL close-combat. After the conflict,

many navy veterans grew to become Hollywood stunt males

and when combat sequences had been setup, did what

got here pure to win a combat…Their coaching from

precise fight.

Whereas many combat sequences of the 60’s had been nonetheless

choreographed within the basic model of the Western

barroom brawl, solely Star Trek utilized these

genuine, confirmed fight strategies within the majority

of its scenes.

As time marched on, and the world grew to become

“sissified”, martial arts proven in TV reveals and

movies modified dramatically to be able to seem

extra spectacular to the viewers. In any case,

no one likes to see the hero drop his opponent in

just a few “ugly” strikes (Apart from perhaps Austin

Energy’s current “Judo Chop”…Fringe of hand anybody?).

No, they need high-flyin’ wirework, drunken

monkey foolishness, and ridiculous

split-the-crotch-of-my-pants excessive kicks.

However given an actual, drag out, no-holds-barred,

combat on your life, I might put my cash on Kirk and

his “Crew” versus Neo, Morpheus and the

remainder of these Matrix laptop geeks any day of

the week. (And Kirk would have beat the snot out

of that flashlight-wielding sissy Vader too)