Martial Scoring System for Styles – How a Martial Style is Evaluated
- Ease of learning – Indicates how fast a martial arts beginner, who is supposed to have never practiced martial arts before, can learn the style sufficiently well to accomplish basic techniques.
- Effectiveness – Constitutes the martial efficacy of the style. In other words, whether the style works if used in a fight (provided that no weapons are used) and how adaptable to all situations is (open or confined areas, ground or stand fighting, in or not in presence of natural or artificial hurdles). The given score in this criteria is heavily influenced by two factors: style mechanics and speed. For weapon-based scores, please see the section below.
- Physical Engagement – Corresponds to the fitness part, either in terms of intensity or involvement, that is comprised in a typical training session of that specific style. It does not include the complementary fitness component recommended for that style to perform at its best.
- Multi-disciplinary Completeness – Indicates how complete is the style from a martial point of view. This score is based on the number of units of competency included in a specific martial style for it to be considered exhaustive (for example, whether elements such as weapon training, ground fighting, kick-boxing, acrobatics, qi-based disciplines – or others – are included in the course of study of that style)
- Athletic Range of Motion – Describes how much range of motion, either in terms of extension or complexity, the style bases its technical ability on. For instance, Wing Chun and Taekwondo both involve kicking, but kicking range in Taekwondo is by far much wider. Please note: Athletic Range of Motion ≠ Technique Efficiency
Scoring System for Weapons – How a Weapon is evaluated
- Ease of learning
- Efficiency (short-long range ratio)
- Range of Attack
- Athletic Engagement: A gun requires no particular stance or body movement to be used. A bow with arrows is totally different. This is the best way to explain this criteria.
- Portability: Indicates the ease for that weapon to be carried around. The following factors are also considered: size, weight, conspicuity, classification (a staff/bo is a stick, while a knife is a knife)