Learn the Martial Arts that inspired the Bending in Avatar

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All of the amazing martial arts action sequences you see in Avatar The Last Airbender were based on real life ancient martial arts that are still practiced today.”  A fun past-time for many Avatar fans is to learn these Martial Arts themselves, whether it’s through books / dvds / or if you are lucky enough to find a dojo that can teach you these skills on a more personal basis, we have compiled a list of all of the Martial Arts found in Avatar: The Last Airbender coupled with options you have to enable learn those skills, Practicing Martial Arts is a fantastic way to exercise, build strength, build agility, strengthen confidence, and most importantly have fun!

Learn Waterbending Tai Chi Martial Arts

Waterbending – Inspired by Tai Chi

Literally translated, Tai Chi Chuan means “Supreme Ultimate Fist”, and is practiced for Self Defense by turning opponents aggressive attacks against themselves. In addition Tai Chi is practiced for the myriad of health benefits it provides such as improving your posture, increasing core muscle strength, provides stress relief, greater flexibility, and is also used as a form of meditation.”  Tai Chi is good for all skill levels and levels of fitness, somewhat similar to Yoga but with much more benefits, it can challenge even the fittest individual while providing an entry level Martial Arts to those who need to get back in shape.

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Learn Earthbending Hung Gar Martial ArtsEarthbending -”  Inspired by Hung Gar

Hung Gar is known for its’ low “strong” and in-place stances, most noticeable is its’ “Horse Stance” which was practiced for hours at a time by trainees. The stances were a very versatile Martial Arts form which could branch out to several different moves.

Click Here to Learn Earthbending / Hung Gar

** Special Note – Toph practiced a unique style of Earthbending, that can probably only be taught in person**

Learn Airbending Ba Gua Zhang

Airbending – Inspired by Ba Gua Zhang

Ba Gua Zhang is well known for it’s “Circle Walking” which is it’s mode of movement, circling an opponent in various stances, attempting to out-wit an opponent.

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Learn Firebending Martial Arts

Firebending – Inspired by Norther Shaolin

Northern Shaolin is well known for it’s aggressive sometimes flamboyant moves, quick attacks and retreats.”  Also known for it’s use of Spear and Staff weapons to aid in the martial art.”  Northern Shaolin is a bit more advanced.

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Always be sure to consult with your physician before starting any type of exercise program, especially Martial Arts, and remember to have fun!

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Comments - 19 Posts

  1. adrian Said: Comment by adrian on August 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    woww!!!!..i gotta learn them all..but i’ll perform at my best on tai chi


    Marcelo Reply:

    me 2!!! 🙂


  2. Dante Said: Comment by Dante on August 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    That’s pretty flipping sweet. I’ll have to learn the airbending and firebending stuff


  3. Shah Said: Comment by Shah on August 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    definitely learning airbending and then maybe some firebending!!


  4. Blue Spirit Said: Comment by Blue Spirit on August 13, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    C’est tre bon I will have to lear Tai CHi now 🙂


  5. Mark Said: Comment by Mark on August 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Toph’s style of bending is based off of Chu Gar, for what it’s worth.


    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah I’m trying to find good places to learn that


  6. Nuriko Said: Comment by Nuriko on August 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Sooo wanna learn all of them!!! 1st Hung Gar, then Tai Chi Chuan. Nxt, Ba Gua Zhang & Northern Shaolin!!! 🙂 😀 :P!!! FUN!!! hahaha…


    Nuriko Reply:

    BTW thats the order I wanna learn in. Mostly wanna do Hung Gar, Tai Chi Chuan. ‘Lil bit of Ba Gua Zhang. 4 sure NAWT Northern Shaolin!!!


    Nuriko Reply:

    Y does every1 want 2 learn firebending???!!! It sucks!!! I want it 2 offend the retard, Azula! 🙂 hahaha…


    Momoe Reply:

    Really? EVERYONE i know wants to learn waterbending!!! And i am the only one who wants to learn firebending!!!

  7. babyangelina Said: Comment by babyangelina on September 5, 2010 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    oh my, i just LOVE you for posting this.
    I became interested in learning martial arts this year after I started watching ATLA again, and I just had no idea how to start and couldn’t even find a proper DVD for begginers. Thanks a lot, Tai Chi and Northern Shaolin are the ones that interest me the most ^^


  8. Tsyna Said: Comment by Tsyna on November 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Everybody, stop that please! You guys are making the bending look like –!!! Bending is having respect for the elements, the people around you, nature and the spirits…If you want to learn bending, you have to be calm, and respectful. First, you really need to clear your mind. If you dont do that, you will never get positive results. If you dont want to put any time in this, then dont waste your time and please,quit!


  9. Nicole Said: Comment by Nicole on November 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone know the name of a dvd or anything that i can get to try this stuff out. that is prefferably not too expensive. Im googling like mad to find something right now but im having no luck or im unsure if its good for beginners.


  10. Agatha Said: Comment by Agatha on April 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Toph’s style is the Southern Praying Mantis, or South Tang Lang Quan.


    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah it’s a variation of the Earth Bending Martial Arts Form. Interestingly enough the Martial Arts Form used is practiced with a blind fold on, which makes it perfect for Toph.


  11. ~ღєιяιиι-¢нαиღ~ Said: Comment by ~ღєιяιиι-¢нαиღ~ on July 18, 2012 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Tai chi!


  12. Jason Said: Comment by Jason on July 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I think I would want to learn northern shaolin, then ba gua zhang, after that hung gar, last but not least tai chi chuan.


  13. Nicole B Said: Comment by Nicole B on February 27, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I’m taking Tai Chi through my university. It’s much, much better to find an instructor, if you can. Videos and books are all well and good but being in a class setting can help you pinpoint your weaknesses and learn the forms the right way. 😉 That being said, check it out! Totally worth it, if just for the relaxation techniques.



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