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Now that we have a middle weight UFC champion in Israel Adesanya performing naruto summoning jutsus and Death Note memes in the cage.

I think we might acknowledge there could be one area anime/manga might have to contribute to MMA and martial arts. It involves eastern fictional authors investing more time and energy into researching and educating themselves on topics related to martial arts, in contrast to your average MMA or martial arts commentary/coach. Authors of the genre have a better grasp of the history of martial arts. Sometimes: insight into the science and psychology of fighting.

Below is an attempt to cite an example of this. (Originally written in japanese its read right to left, the opposite of american comics)

One character rapid fire throws kunais. Which are a japanese farmer or working class improvised shuriken or ninja star. The kunais impact on the eyes of a summoned edifice. Its a big disembodied head. Like the japanese comic version of the giant heads on easter island.

Its mentioned Itachi throws his kunais to target blind spots in a person's vision. Rendering them unblockable/undodgable. Decent life hacks.




So what does targeting blind spots in a person's vision mean?

I think its represented to a degree by the image below.






When focusing on a black dot. You'll notice other dots on the periphery of vision become less visible. Or disappear.

This could depict blind spots in vision, of which we are not usually aware exist.

In theory, it might be possible to note where a person's eyes are focused. And plot a path for a punch/kick/elbow/knee that skirts along the blind spots in their vision. To guarantee they never see it coming.

In manga/anime characters like Itachi have special eye abilities which automatically calculate distance/speed/geometry to make it feasible. For normal people it could be completely impossible and not worth bothering with.

I hope this gives people an impression of how there might always be room for growth and improvement in MMA and martial arts in general.

There will never be anyone in MMA or martial arts who has all the answers and knows everything. And sometimes in those gaps of knowledge there could be useful things people never really thought of.

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Israel Adesanya is a major fan of many different franchises so I don't think there's necessarily any connection between his doing anime gestures and his technique. Remember he is similar to an in his prime Anderson Silva, maybe better.
 

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Western storytelling revolves more around people being entitled to make bad decisions and have second chances in life. You'll see it in many movies and tv series where someone makes many bad choices and one day they decide to turn things around. Then they live happily ever after.

Eastern storytelling revolves more around tragedies and how a single unintended bad choice can lead to horror, death and suffering. Eastern storytelling is generally much more zero tolerance. Perhaps as a result some asians may be prone towards paralysis through analysis and being too conscious of the effect their choices have on society and the world. Which could be part of the reason their birth rates are on the decline, although there are many other factors and variables that apply.

I'm not here to say eastern culture is better than western culture or anything like that. They both have their positives and negatives.

Western storytelling might cause people to take things for granted, not appreciate what they have and feel entitled to have things they haven't earned or don't deserve. People might feel like a character in a book or movie who is entitled to make bad decisions and be rewarded for it.

Eastern storytelling might cause people to take everything way too seriously and obsess over little details that aren't important. It might encourage paranoia and anxiety over micro managing details. Because of how their storytelling culture can revolve around tragedies and how bad decisions lead to them. The emphasis can become more about not ever making a bad decision, rather than making good decisions.

Anyways that's only the tip of the iceberg. There could be a lot of bad influences in eastern and western storytelling. And perhaps some good influences as well.

Isn't it interesting though how MMA champions started out being people "from the streets".

Now MMA some champions are like manga and anime geeks. Israel Adesanya isn't the only one. Michael Venom Page and many others could be vaguely included in that category as well.

Things are changing.
 

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You are specifically talking about western redemption stories and eastern tragedies which are only two genres of stories in both cultures. I do agree that Asians have a tendency to take themselves way too seriously in certain stories but that's definitely not across the board as many anime/manga even though serious include some comedic elements.
 
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