Yay! I knew the martial arts terms!
And, Forby, I was ALWAYS good at free-style rapping. One time I did an entire plot summary of the Old man And The Sea in free-style rap. Made it up right there on the spot.
The things we do to hold students' intrest. :sigh:
But, I digress (often).
Great article, as ever. And you're right. When I first started writing scripts, i treated fights as a means to an end, I've since come to realize that are both a means AND an end unto themselves. It's strengthened my storytelling, I can tell you.
I found that practiing with short scripts really helped to gel that out.
For example, I just did an 8 pager for the second issue of EARTHBOUND COMICS' anthology LADY FIGHT (shameless plug). Within those 8 pages I had to introduce my heroine, with her wind-based hurricane powers, and my villain, a humanoid-shark;have them fight, and rap it all up neatly. Suffice it so say, the fight HAD to be more than just a slug-fest, as I didn't have any panels to spare. The fight had to be entertaining, informative, and move the story along.
That's not even mentioning the puns and JAWS references I "had" to work in!