Over the centuries many different styles of fighting have evolved in different corners of the world. Various styles of Karate, Judo, Jiu-jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, and other variants perhaps less familiar in the US such as Sambo and Capoeira, which you might recognize from Ocean’s Twelve. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), ultimate fighting or extreme fighting came about as a contest to see which style would win if you threw them all in the same competition. The answer, by the way, was most often Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – the boxer or karate guy would get in one or two good licks and then wind up in a BJJ hold called an arm bar, given the choice of surrendering or having his elbow broken. If you find yourself on Sherdog or another of the testosterone-laden MMA discussion forums, you’ll see “Rickson by armbar” as a frequent joke/mantra, referencing the way every fight seemed to end when Rickson Gracie was the preeminent MMA fighter.
Over the past several years, due in large part to fighting promoters UFC and their Ultimate Fighter show on the Spike TV network, MMA has really taken hold in the US. Evidence: UFC Junkie routinely ranks among the top 3 WordPress blogs. In the old days (which is really only 15 years ago or so), each fighter was a specialist in a particular style. Nowadays to be successful a fighter needs a well-rounded game, meaning competency in a striking art (frequently Muy Thai kickboxing) and a grappling art (frequently both wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). If you cannot defend the armbar, you lose. Here is a really short video of an absurd maneuver called a “flying armbar”. Do not try this at home. The guy on top is the one who taps out, or surrenders, in order to keep his limbs intact.
Anyway there’s your mashup in the world of professional fighting. Styles once separate are now fused into a single discipline.
Here’s a mashup of styles that’s much funnier if you don’t prefer actual violence: Kung Fu versus Yoga. I actually have the movie on VHS and was puzzling over how to best digitize a clip; needless to say, somebody’s beaten me to the punch (pun intended) on YouTube. Watch at least the first 30 seconds. The 30th second is priceless. Does this man have no ligaments?