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comment What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
Also see this direct reference by Henning to Tang Hao's 1930's-era debunking of the Bodhidharma myth in On Politically Correct Treatment of Myths in the Chinese Martial arts.
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comment What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
"[T]he earliest reference to "The Dharma" or Bodhidharma as the originator of Shaolin boxing [was] in a widely popular novel, The Travels of Lao Ts'an first published in Illustrated Fiction Magazine between 1904-1907." Stanley Henning, destroyer of martial arts myths, in Ignorance, Legend, and Taiijiquan.
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comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
Could you excerpt the contents of the links you referenced, instead of just laying them out? We want the content to remain even if the link dies.
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comment Straight punch to the head and knockout
My answer that I linked to addresses that. But I think it's ethical, particularly in a scenario where A) you and your opponent are healthy and have agreed to those terms, or B) your assailant is trying to do physical harm, perhaps severe, to you.
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comment Straight punch to the head and knockout
Maybe this answer will alleviate some of your fears. Repeated KOs over years is no bueno, and there are freak accidents, but a knockout or two is generally not enormously harmful.