With a new Batman movie shining the spotlight on the caped crusader, we’re seeing a lot of articles on Batman coming from sources you wouldn’t expect. My personal favourite? A series of articles from BloodyElbow.com analyzing Batman’s fighting style in an MMA context!

For those of you unfamiliar with Bloody Elbow, they’re one of the premiere MMA websites and provide some of the best technical analysis in MMA journalism. So far, John and Thomas Nash have thrown up two separate articles looking into the real-world martial arts that form Batman’s fighting style. Much like Becoming Batman, they’re interesting pieces that look at superheroic escapism and the reality that inspires it.

The first article deals with Batman’s striking technique, based in the classic art of boxing. The follow-up piece looks at Batman’s grappling talents, including both jiu-jitsu and judo techniques. The best part of the articles? They’ve backed up their research with citations from the comics and images mainly pulled from Bob Kane’s legendary run.

Bloody Elbow also delves into the the fighting styles of the movie itself, with an article on the Keysi Fighting Method complete with videos:

Created by two stuntmen who worked on the series and were introduced to Christopher Nolan during Batman Begins, it’s an interesting glance at a new martial art. Bloody Elbow makes it especially interesting as they can analyze Keysi in the context of real-world sports application.

Anyways, if you’re a fan of Batman they’re three articles you’ll probably find interesting. If you’re a fan of MMA then you’ll want to bookmark Bloody Elbow if you haven’t already. And if you’re a fan of both comics and MMA, well we can always hope that Jack Slack breaks down Captain America’s fighting style during the next Avengers movie.

(via Bloody Elbow)

  • I think that Capt. America’s fighting style basically breaks down into “old-timey fisticuffs” mixed with Frank Gotch toe holds.