In the beginning of "Avengers: Infinity War", Thanos and the Hulk had a very intense fight:

While the Hulk fights like he's brawling in the street, Thanos is more composed and posing in stances like in most martial arts, so he seems to be using a specific fighting technique. Moreover, his style looks like something between boxing and/or krav maga, but the fight ends quickly so unfortunately we only see a few of Thanos' moves, as

he easily beats the crap out of the Hulk.

So my question is: What is exactly Thanos' fighting technique?

In-Universe info would be preferable, but out-of-Universe would be also ok if the former is not available.

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    @Edlothiad The specific style/technique Thanos used. I think it's a specific question with a specific answer.
    – Hans Olo
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 19:35
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    As mentioned in the question, Thanos seems composed and posing in stances like in most martial arts, so I was wondering if he's using a specific technique/martial art.
    – Hans Olo
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 19:39
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    Is the answer your looking for some kind of an in-universe titanese art or the real world martial art styles to coregraphy is based on. (also love that "spoiler")
    – Ummdustry
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 19:42
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    @Ummdustry Preferably in-Universe, but out-of-Universe would be ok if info on the former is not available.
    – Hans Olo
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 19:44
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    Looked like Vaapad to me. Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 15:19

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I don't have a direct answer of a style, but this breakdown doesn't note anything exotic in the movements, pointing out that it's generic, if well choreographed, upright striking like you might see in an MMA bout, almost all hands until the head grab into the knee strike.

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    youtube.com/watch?v=cXsW5ydr-Ek backs this up, pointing out specific techniques. The main exception is that Ramsey points out that Thanos peels Hulks arms off of him from the outside when from the inside was the mechanically superior option. Here, Thanos acts as he does simply to show superior strength.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Sep 25, 2019 at 20:27

I believe it to be judo. He seems to understand judo, judging by how he uses Hulk's weight against him, and seeing as how he uses a lot of grappling while fighting, such as when he fights Tony on Titan.

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    Interesting guess, but I doubt Thanos would know judo, so do you have any references/quotes to support this? That would greatly improve your answer.
    – Hans Olo
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 19:57
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    @Rebel-Scum As a martial artist, I would bid you to take "Judo" rather as a label for "an effective grappling art". Due to physical and biomechanical constraints, there are only so many ways to effectively grapple and people all around the world ended up with more or less the same wrestling techniques, because these are the ones that work. The gist of the answer is that he used grappling against a heavy, strong opponent to dominate him instead of striking, which makes a lot of sense. (19 years on the mats here) Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 20:35
  • Seeing as how I'm less than fifteen, I think it was an alright answer. Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 16:48
  • Not that I'm trying to be snarky. Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 16:49
  • Also, there isn't really a limit to grappling. If you have a different tool, such as a hook or chain, there are hundreds more possibilities. Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 22:20

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