I was wondering what the major differences between these 3 types of martials arts are. In my limited experience I've always thought Japanese fighting was more rigid like the karate stances, Korean always circular like in Hapkido, and Chinese more fluid, more like Korean but not as circular and more dependent on stance. Iaido is very fluid but when I see Katana demonstrations the cutting is always so solid and the cut stops right after the target is hit, wheres with like a Jian they cut but the sword ends up at the top after the hit. In fact I never see flips in Japanese martial arts movies, I probably haven't watched that many but a Kung Fu movie isn't even in the martials arts category if it doesn't have a flip or two.
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