moebiusbackbone asked: Have you noticed any change in the portrayal of bending as a fighting style in LoK? I was watching it and bending looks like it's becoming less of an art form and more like "lol magic elements for fighting with".
In my opinion the bending in LOK reflects what we see in modern martial arts with the shift from more traditional styles to the Mixed Martial Art approach. This may be a natural result of benders from all nations living together in close proximity in Republic City or as a response to the bending arts being codified for the sport of Pro-bending.
There has been a homage in the show to Bruce Lee the founder of the Jeet Kune Do philosophy of martial arts. “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” Bruce Lee
I might be wrong but the also seems to a shift towards more gymnastic movements as well, which we also see with modern Wushu.
The Bending outside of Republic City looks more Traditional although there can also be seen influences of the modern bending trend. Don’t get me wrong there are loads of gems within the show you just have to “look deep” (as Sifu Kisu has said to me a few times in our online discussions) and I am looking forward to seeing the next book brings.