Description of Martial Arts Mythologies (in one sentence)
It seems to me that many cases of bullshido are a result of shysters cashing in on a martial art's mythology. So, what better use of my time then to begin a comprehensive list of mythologies -- the description contained in one sentence.
Here's ten I can think of off the top of my head:
Kid makes a wrong decision, winds up in prison where he learns to box deadly, gets released, then fights his way to the top -- ultimately becoming champion.
Kind of like boxing, but with eastern mysticism -- and some kicking.
Victim of bullying pesters old man to teach him karate, where he does household chores which -- unbenownst to him -- actually trains him to fight.
Unconfirmed-but-legendary deadly assassins devastate medieval Japan with shuriken and the ability to disappear.
Prideful master beats everyone till he kills someone, wanders the countryside where he has a spiritual epiphany, returns to kung fu where he does good and beats a white guy.
Orphan gets dropped dropped off at a training camp, gets good awkwardly, becomes a champion, then quits to become a Buddhist monk or a ladyboy.
Travelling carnival strongman challenges everyone in town, beats them all, including the local tough -- who, after getting humiliated, decides to learn the secrets of shooting and hooking.
Pretty much the plot of Mortal Kombat.
Evil Moriarty tries to beat Sherlock Holmes until he gets bested by the deadly art of Bartitsu
Exactly like World War II, but without the guns.
Slaves get frightened that the Portuguese will discover their secret art, so they become really good dancers.
Let me know what else should be added to this list.