“Are there specific martial arts that concentrate on guns like gun kata or gun fu?” This was a question that recently came in Best Self Defense Weapons Mailbag.
There are No Martial Arts for Guns
So far, there are no martial arts for guns that I know of. But apparently, there is this site that promotes martial arts for guns. It is called “gun jutsu”.
Honestly, I don’t know how effective it is since there are only a few details available online about the said art. But looking closely at its official website, it only appears to be an ordinary firearm training course which only adds advanced techniques and strategies in gun handling.
It teaches shooting fundamentals such as breathing techniques, stances, sight alignment, grip and trigger control. Basically, it’s similar to what you can learn in an academy or an advanced gun training course. But if you are curious about the said martial arts for guns, you can sign up at your own volition.
Is Gun Jutsu a Form of Martial Arts?
Based on the traditional definition of “martial arts”, as well as its meaning in known dictionaries like Merriam-Webster and Oxford, gun jutsu may not fall as such. Generally, martial arts only involve melee fighting and those that use hand-propelled weapons. Since a gun technically relies on gunpowder or ammunition, it does not belong to any traditional or world-recognized martial arts.
Fictional Martial Arts that Use Guns
Going to gun kata and gun fu, be reminded that these are only fictional martial arts. In a practical sense, these martial arts for guns cannot be applied. These are only good in a theatrical portrayal of gun fights.
These arts, particularly gun kata (popularized by a movie called “Equilibrium” which starred Christian Bale), apparently require almost inhuman flexibility and speed plus excessive movements and very acute senses. In addition, the combat conditions present in the movies that portray gun kata are almost too simple and are usually in close quarters. Then, some moves in gun fu defy the laws of physics and human limitations like ricocheting shots accurately or bending the course of the bullet in mid-air (like in the 2008 movie called “Wanted”).
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