Unpopular Opinion: Mai had a good chance of killing Azula in this sudden death exchange.

That fight and this post made me remember that without the magic bending is literally just mcdojo martial arts. She could have absolutely shanked Azula here

Yes I know its based on real kung fu, shut the fuck up. Unless you are a monk training in a non performative style and sparring constantly then it isn't worth shit in an actual fight. And even then you could argue its efficacy is entirely dependent on a monks usual overall incredible physical ability.

But mean yeah all those forms could be effective in a real close range fight. But not against an opponent thats aware and isn't cooperating, and also isnt giving you the space to aim. I mean we even have that one fight in Korra where the literal avatar gets folded by someone who only had to get in close

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