What is Mock Combat?


Mock combat involves the execution of combative actions without intent to harm.

Participants can engage in such sparring for ritual, training, recreational or performance reasons. The nature of mock combat can vary from realistic to symbolic. Mock combat can be classified into choreographed and unchoreographed forms.



  • Stage combat
  • Theatrical fencing
  • Cinematic fencing
  • Arranged performance fighting
  • War dance
    • Capoeira
    • Juego de maní
    • Kailao
  • Kata in Japanese martial arts
  • Hyung, or poomsae (in Korean martial arts)
  • Professional Wrestling

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