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Captain America's Fighting Form

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Captain America's Fighting Form
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In 1938, Steve Rogers successfully underwent a secret military experiment known as Project Rebirth which amplified his overall physiology strengthening every muscle and body function to the peak of human potential. After the experiment, Steve was assigned various private tutors for overall combat; none of their identities were ever recorded. Because the project's leading founder, Dr. Abraham Eskine, was murdered in the conclusion of the experimental procedures by a Nazi spy, the project gambled by pouring all of its resources into training a single soldier into becoming a living weapon.

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Steve Rogers was trained extensively in multiple forms of combat including martial arts. Thanks to the Super Soldier Serum, he was able skip the physical conditioning and flexibility training. Although a few of them have been identified, every discipline he was trained in is unknown and unclear. American Boxing, Judo, Aikido, and Jujutsu are the only revealed disciplines, but he has utilized various different techniques and methods from multiple others. Among these are various Gong fu (or kung fu) such as Taijiquan, Wing Chun, various Shaolin arm methods which he incorporates for his shield, Chin na, and northern kicking methods, Capoeira, Muay Thai, Karate, Eskrima, and hand techniques used in Ninjutsu. While there are potential other forms which may play a role, many of them were invented after WW2 or during it when Rogers was engaging the enemy axis. His private tutors' identities are unknown, and eastern martial arts were not well recognized during the late 1930s and early 1940s; many of them were regarded as flashy, and even useless movements. Many martial arts teachers refused to teach their methods to westerners. He may have possibly learned different techniques from fighting other persons who use them. Two of his best students Bucky and Hawkeye have been seen using at least one sophisticated hand technique from Ninjutsu that was meant for sensitive points of the body, confirming that Rogers taught it to them strengthening the idea that he may have learned it after confronting Hand ninjas before America officially joined the war.


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Steve Rogers incorporates every area of combat in his methods. He excels in punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing, headbutting, hand techniques and pressure point fighting, grappling, blocking, parrying, trapping, joint locking and manipulating, restraining, disarming, ground fighting, and tricking. He is extremely fluid when fighting enabling himself to adapt to any change in the environment or the physical status of him or his opponent(s) (if they gained or lost a weapon for instance). Steve is very cunning, and creative in battle; even masters of overall combat have great difficulty predicting his next course of action, even through body language. He is able to shift from stand up combat to ground fighting, and even aerial combat due to his mastery over acrobatics. He generally uses many different techniques often seen today in modern kickboxing, wushu, and mixed martial arts. He is well known for using momentum to his advantage making it so that he could strike an opponent much harder than he could without it. He has turned his falls from being hit by an opponent into acrobatic kicks and punches by using the momentum from the assault and "flowing" with it. Tricking also plays an especially large role in his form often using many of those techniques against multiple opponents to create space and confusion, as well as aerial combat (he initially nicknamed it combat gymnastics since there was originally no official name for it). He does not generally use any other weapons than his shield, but his training in Aikido, Jujutsu, overall combat experience, and understanding of hand techniques as well as hand coordination enables him to wield all forms of weaponry with great proficiency.

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He is well aware the existence of chi (Ki, or internal energy), and uses it for both combat and health reasons. Steve uses any advantage he can find against his opponents, especially superhumans. If they are physically larger than him, he would assault the larger and easier to hit pressure points. He has often defeated opponents much stronger, faster, and more durable than he. Rogers believes in limitations of both himself and his enemies as well as unpredictability. He trains routinely in simulated combat sometimes blindfolded, in dark and pitch black areas, and even in slippery and uneven terrains to the event of ever having fight in them. Steve uses any flaw he can find in terrains and objects to his advantage by assaulting them to trigger unexpected responses; he sometimes tricks his opponents into doing it for him without them knowing about it or realizing what the ending result would be.


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While Steve Rogers is very serious when engaging one to multiple enemies in combat, he is not above teaching his methods to other people. He has trained only a few people in combat. Most of them are, or were at a time, Avengers. Steve only acts as a private tutor for his teammates and is not willing to train any civilians; he prefers any person to avoid any unnecessary fights. While he is an effective and highly competent teacher, he is very strict when teaching his pupils. He does not want any student with inhuman abilities to rely soley on them in midst of a battle or day-to-day activities in the event of not being able to use them, and simply because he saw them as no excuse to not know how to fight if they chose to oppose crime. Although Rogers is no pacifist, he generally does not like fighting unless it is for physical fitness or self-defense; he strongly encourages his students to abide by those principals and not abuse anything he teaches him/her. He teaches all of his students various different methods for self defense and sees to it that he/she can utilize creative and effective methods of their own that suits their strengths. Many of the techniques he teaches fall into the areas of boxing principals making it so that he/she can effectively use both standard punches and kicks, and grappling. Steve sees to it his pupils are formidable on their own; able to fend off anything from unskilled to skilled attackers and single to multiple opponents. He will only teach advanced, and even potentially lethal techniques to advanced students; most of them have great athletic and acrobatic talents which are required and do not have any superhuman abilities.

Proficient Students: Rick Jones, Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Hank Pym, Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Iron Man (Tony Stark), She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), D-Man (Dennis Dunphy)

Advanced Students: Bucky/Winter Soldier (James Buchanan Barnes), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Nomad (Ian Zola)


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