Special Abilities—This style has a special maneuver that is signature technique (Yodo Aruki). In addition, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, this style allows access to the skills of Chi Powers: Falling Leaf, Chi Powers: Hold Breath, Chi Powers: Light Feet, Chi Powers: Lizard's Climb, and Chi Powers: Resist Elements.
Yodo Aruki ("Sideways Walking")—The ninja learns how to walk quickly with unique steps and foot motions to avoid easy tracking by guards. Those unfamiliar with these techniques suffer -30 to any Tracking maneuvers made against the ninja.
Basic Martial Arts Style [25 style points]
Description—The art of sumai is an ancient Japanese form of wrestling that is today known as Sumo. Sumo also relies on close quarter grappling but is much less dangerous than its ancient precursor. Sumai uses grappling in conjunction with kicking, butting, and striking attacks. The sumai attacks are based on strength and weight rather than many martial arts techniques that emphasize speed and mobility. Sumai is designed to knock one's opponent to the ground where they may be trampled. The martial artist uses his hips and legs to throw his opponent off balance, then immobilizing or dispatching his foe with a small blade slipped into the gaps of the armor. Sumai is practiced standing with an emphasis on wide, powerful stances. See Section 2.4 for more information on the historical development of Japanese martial arts.
Recommended Skills—Martial Arts Striking, Martial Arts Sweeping, Adrenal Strength, Adrenal Toughness, Stunned Maneuvering
Martial Arts Abilities [Core]—Degree 3 Martial Arts Sweeping attacks and Degree 2 Martial Arts Striking attacks [5 points]; +10 bonus to Adrenal Strength [5 points]; +15 bonus to Stunned Maneuvering [ 10 points]; +5 bonus to Adrenal Toughness maneuvers [10 points] Special Abilities—This style has a special defense (Rooted in Earth). In addition, all Adrenal Strength and Adrenal Toughness maneuvers take only a 10% preparation action. Finally, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, this style allows access to the skills of Chi Powers: Resist Pain and Chi Powers, Invulnerability.
Rooted in Earth—The Sumai stylist has learned to keep his balance and stance no matter how fierce the blows against him. As a result, all successful Adrenal Toughness maneuvers may reduce any Grappling or Unbalancing criticáis against the adept by two levels of severity.
Korean martial arts have traditionally focused on empty-handed techniques for fighting. The unarmed fighting systems listed here represent only a small sampling of Korean martial arts. For some more information on Korea, refer to Section 2.5.
Hwarang-Do Advanced Martial Arts Style [60 style points] Description—Hwarang-do is an ancient Korean martial art. It is also a healing art. The original system was conceived by a Buddhist priest and taught to the young members of the royal family and other nobles. Collectively these men were known as the hwarang, their ranks included famous generals and leaders who inspired the rest of the country with their deeds. The name hwarang-do means "way of the flowering manhood" and its members followed a code of ethics that promoted loyalty to country and parents, trust and brotherhood between friends, courage, and justice. During the Yi Dynasty, the teaching of this art was discouraged and its masters and practitioners retreated to remote monasteries in the mountains to continue their teachings. This continued until 1960 when the first public school was opened in Korea,
The study of this martial art encompasses the development of inner energy through meditation and breathing. The fighting techniques of this system are complex, involving thousands of different combinations. For example, over three hundred separate styles of kicks are taught. More advanced training teaches the use of pressure points and joint locking. The adept of this style also strives to develop his inner energy to increase his awareness of his surroundings. Also important in this martial art is the study of the healing arts. Since the practitioner of hwarang-do is required to have an advanced knowledge of the human body to use some of the advanced attacking techniques, he also studies the ways to heal the body. Herbal medicine, bone setting, acupuncture, and other traditional medicines are taught to the hwarang-do adept. For more information on Korea and Korean martial arts, refer to Section 2.5. Recommended Skills—Martial Arts Striking, Martial Arts Sweeping, Nerve Strikes, Locking Holds, Adrenal Defense, Adrenal Strength, Meditation, First Aid, Prepare/Use Herbs
Example Martial Arts Styles
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