Battle Angel Alita and Asian Martial Arts, It’s not a power of Body, it is a Mind

Alita: Battle Angel is a 1990s Japanese manga series Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. The movie was released on 2019, directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-produced by James Cameron and written by Cameron and Laeta KalogridisRosa Salazar stars as the heroine Alita, a cyborg who awakens in a new body with no memory and sets out to learn her destiny. Christoph WaltzJennifer ConnellyMahershala AliEd SkreinJackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson star in supporting roles.

Alita: Battle Angel had its world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 31, 2019, and was released in the United States on February 14, 2019 by 20th Century Fox in Real D 3DDolby Cinema 3D and IMAX 3D formats. It is the first film produced by Lightstorm Entertainment since Avatar and the last to be solely released by 20th Century Fox before The Walt Disney Companytook control of the studio as part of their acquisition of 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019. The film grossed over $404 millionworldwide, becoming the tenth highest-grossing film of 2019 and Rodriguez’s highest grossing film. It received mixed reviews, with praise for Salazar’s performance, the action scenes and visual effects but criticism for the screenplay

In 2563, 300 years after Earth is devastated by a catastrophic interplanetary war known as “The Fall” or “The Great War”, scientist Dr. Dyson Ido discovers a disembodiedfemalecyborg with an intact human brain. So Alita created. Boyfriend Hugo introduces Alita to Motorball, a battle royaleracing sport played by cyborg gladiators.

Pazer Kunst, It’s not a power of Body, it is a Mind

One night, Alita follows Ido; they are ambushed by cyborg serial killers led by Grewishka. Ido is injured, and Alita descovered through instinctively fights using Panzer Kunst. Panzer Kunst is a German expression, meaning “the art of the armor” literally “armor art”, a lost combat art for machine bodies. Grewishka said to his boss Noba “It was not a power of the body, it is a mind. Ido reveals that he is a Hunter-Warrior and eventually Alita body was installed by Berserker — deadly shock troops of the enemy nation United Republics of Mars (URM) from the Great War by Ido.

Having fallen in love with Hugo, Alita enters a Motorball tryout race for the prize money to send Hugo to Zalem. Hugo died droppbed by Nova on the tube to the Zarem by Nova, Hugo thanks Alita for saving him before falling to his death. Months later, Alita is the star of the Motorball tournament. Cheered on by the crowd, she pledges vengeance by pointing her sword toward Zalem, where Nova watches from above, smirking.

Martial Arts, Panzer Kunst

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Panzer Kunst is the first martial art to anticipate combat in zero gravity, originating on Mars. It is the fighting style used by Alita and, with the exception of a handful of practitioners, is nearly extinct. The names of all Panzer Kunst moves and disciplines are in German and practitioners are called Künstler, German for “artist”.

Panzer Kunst seeks oneness between the senses and is commonly referred to as the strongest of the cyborg martial arts. Especially effective at disabling and destroying larger opponents, it is the basis of other space martial arts such as Space Karate.

Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practiced for a number of reasons such as self-defensemilitary and law enforcement applications; competition; physical, mental and spiritual development; and entertainment or the preservation of a nation’s intangible cultural heritage.

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Taekkyeon, Korean Martial Arts. UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity © 2007 by Cultural Heritage Administration

Although the term martial art has become associated with the fighting arts of East Asia, it originally referred to the combat systems of Europe as early as the 1550s. The term is derived from Latin and means “arts of Mars“, the Roman god of war.Some authors have argued that fighting arts or fighting systems would be more appropriate on the basis that many martial arts were never “martial” in the sense of being used or created by professional warriors.

TeRra Magazine Team

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