Martial Arts - Training and Knowledge

Who taught Batman martial arts - The known martial arts masters that trained Bruce Wayne 

"The grim purpose that burned inside him was growing, demanding direction, seeking release. He looked further, to the East. He learned karate from an ascended master in the Paektu-San mountains of Korea--Savate from a convicted killer living as a beach bum on an island off Borneo. Six months in a japanese hermitage taught him the value of Judo and Ju-jitsu. From a chinese woman so old she should have been dead, he learned the secrets of the Tao, that nothing is fixed, everything is fluid, everything is energy. He mastered a dozen disciplines, experimented with them and fused them into something that was uniquely his own. In Africa he learned how to read the environment for the signs man's passage leaves--how to find and follow a trail to which ordinary men were blind...The ninjas taught him their secrets--how to use the shadows, how to employ psychology to win the battle before it's even fought--the precautions to take when you make yourself a target--and how to use fear."  - Shadow of the Bat #0

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Ted Grant aka Wildcat the world's best boxer trained a very young Bruce Wayne in the "sweet science" of boxing and how to take a hit (Robin #31 & 52 #23 also see the Batman/Wildcat #2 reference in the knowledge section below)


A flashback memory showing his training under an unknown teacher who's instructing him how to kick correctly as he's shown knocking down a tree barefooted (Gotham Knights #1 - Batman Black and White Backup Tale)


Was taught by an unknown female teacher (its unknown what combat arts he learned) who he refers to as his "Queen" who puts Bruce through a pit fight gauntlet with death match rules for 28 hours straight in order to teach him an important lesson about the need to kill. It's a lesson Bruce refuses to learn due to his no kill code but he's still able to finally put an end to her gauntlet in his own unique way (Batman v2 #23 - Backup Tale)


Shown training with an unknown monk (or ninja?) martial arts master in the art of stealth (Batman v2 #52)


Detective Comics #599

- Learned kung-fu from old grand master Chu Chin Li who deemed Bruce as his favorite student


- Tsunemoto (the most deadly martial arts assassin of the Yakuza) teaches him how to anticipate his opponents attacks against various enemies plus the secret of spiritual healing techniques as we actually see Bruce's body healing his bullet wound with a form of chi. Later on, Tsunemoto comments Bruce was his best student


Receives training under Kirigi for a year, an old martial arts master that very few people in the world have had the privilege to study with. Kirigi comments that Bruce has a natural genius for mastering combat techniques due to the great violent nature inside him (Secret Origins of the World's Greatest Super Heroes)


Learning the secret arts of Taoism from H'sein-Tan who also trained the mystical martial artist known as Dragon who developed a grudge against Bruce since he was favored more by H'sein-Tan (see the battle between Batman & Dragon in the Vs Martial Artists - Martial Arts Combat webpage) (Legends of the Dark Knight #53)


After training 9 months "somewhere in the Himalayas" with Shihan Matsusa, known to be one of the greatest zen warrior monks, he is able to master Tummo meditation ("elemental battle between ice and blood" that takes place while he is meditating nearly naked outside), actually melting the ice he is sitting on (Detective Comics v2 #0)


Training under Richard Dragon known as the world's best martial artist (Richard Dragon #7)


Here we see Batman having a flashback of his training with the renown former League of Assassins member David Cain as he's sparring with Cain's daughter Cassandra Cain (the 3rd Batgirl) who's one of the very best martial artists alive with her skill being proven to be equal to her mother's Lady Shiva. David Cain taught Batman many forms of martial arts, weapon mastery, and combat tactics. He's known by many as being one of the very best assassins in the world also having invented a unique fighting style that involves the perfect reading of body language. Here we see Batman defeat Cassandra in the sparring contest by using a modified deadly nerve strike (that was taught by Cain) to paralyze her. Being that violence is Cassandra's main form of communication (plus she was unable to talk at the time), it was the only way he could "speak" with her since she can read body language which enables her to anticipate attacks before her opponents make them (Detective Comics #734)


After his back is broken, he seeks out training from Lady Shiva (also the mother of Cassandra Cain) to regain his physical prowess. Shiva is regarded by many as the world's deadliest martial arts assassin who Batman considers to be one the very few martial artists in the world that is his equal if not slightly better (Batman #509)


How many martial arts styles of combat has Batman mastered

His knowledge of every known discipline has made him a unique and unpredictable opponent (Batman The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight)


Has spent years perfecting every known fighting discipline (The Ultimate Guide to the Justice League of America)


Is said to be quite possibly the greatest martial artist alive and a master of every fighting style on earth (DC Comics Encyclopedia vol 2)


Was a natural to Ted Grant who taught him all his best moves before he moved on to the next teacher. With he each new teacher he trained under, he perfected a new fighting skill and was becoming the sum of them all plus more (Batman/Wildcat #2)


Is said to be the most highly skilled fighter in the world, possibly the greatest human fighter the world has ever known, and a master of every combat form there is (Batman Secret Files & Origins #1)


Is a master of virtually all combat forms (Random DC Profile by Jim Lee)


Is a master of all fighting arts with his courage being said to be the only thing that matches his skill (Detective Comics #411)


Mentions that he's trained to perfection in every combat form there is plus how he can incapacitate a person in 463 different ways without drawing blood (Batman The Widening Gyre #4)


Gives Batgirl a CD that contains the lessons of 127 martial arts styles on it to help her develop her martial arts skills and personally attempts to re-train her so she can learn defensive martial arts skills since at the time she lost her special body reading ability which she later on relearned by training under her mother Lady Shiva (Batgirl #7)


Posing a super villain, he trains Robin (Tim Drake) in the batcave and limits himself to using only a handful of Indian martial arts styles. This is a combat exercise he seemed to put Robin through normally in order to improve his combat ability (Robin #124)


Quickly deduces the location of where Penumbra's fighting style originated from and that she's using the manipulation of shadow energy that originates from a seemingly secret mystic discipline in India that very few people even know about (Detective Comics v2 #21)


While engaging a well trained international assassin in melee combat, he quickly deduces that the masked assassin is using a Kung Fu fighting style based off various Wushu techniques and is from Hong Kong (Detective Comics v2 #13)


Easily recognizes Asano Nitobe's (agruably the most legendary ninjitsu master in world) fighting style that the Suicide King is using against him (Batman Family #1)


Deduces the basic type of fighting style a super powered alien being known as Titan Super Gladiator is using against him despite having a bad headache having just come out of a coma (Batman Superman #10)


Refered to as the world's most skilled combatant and seen teaching Ra's Al Ghul's League of Assassins non-lethal techniques which were unknown even to them (Batman Son of The Demon)


Pressure Points/Nerve Strikes
Examples of Batman using exotic nerve strikes or pressure point techniques that very few people even know about

While investigating the murder of Vesper, Nightwing mentions to Batgirl that their isn't any nerve strike that Bruce doesn't know (Batgirl #29)


Able to identify the Falling Leaf technique a move only two people (Cassandra & David Cain) in the world know how to use (besides himself) (Batgirl #49)


Tracking down a killer who used the chest pentration technique that makes a mark on the victim's chest look like they were killed by an axe. Only 4 people in the world know how to use this move with Batman revealing to being one of the four (Detective Comics #634)


Uses Dim Mak techniques to get a psycho to talk (Legends of The Dark Knight #205)


Knocks out a large biker thug with 3 mere touches of his finger (Action Comics #766)


A rookie Batman neutralizes a man larger than himself using a nerve strike technique to the neck which disables his breathing (Legends of the Dark Knight #102)


Sneaks up on and puts a man to sleep with nerve pinch touch (Detective Comics #485)


Takes out 2 GCPD SWAT cops at the same time from behind using a 2 finger nerve touch technique (Batman #406)


Takes down a bouncer by merely touching his neck with 2 fingers (Gotham Knights #7)


Takes out a thug with a swift nerve strike to the neck making him spit out blood (Batman Chronicles #19)


Quickly KOes a Kobra operative with a nerve strike to the neck (Batman 12 Cent Adventure)


Quickly takes out a Leviathan henchmen with a 2 finger touch technique (Batman Incorporated v2 #6)


Knocks out 4-armed meta with a 2 finger touch (Green Arrow & Black Canary #10)


He is able to disrupt Lois Lane's short term memory's transfer (erase her recent memory) with a nerve cluster pinch making her foget that he is Batman (Superman Batman Annual #1)


While trying to reason with him, he easily defeats Green Arrow with a nerve pinch disabling his arm then re-enabling it to move again with a touch (Legends of the Dark Knight #128)


Batman And Robin v2 #3 & 4

- Nobody uses a two finger touch nerve strike technique against Robin that instantly paralyzes him


- Which Batman also later uses against Robin to revive him reversing the original effect


- It's then revealed by Bruce that the technique is capable of easily killing someone if not executed prefectly


Defeats a Kirigi trained ninja with the lethal vibrating palm technique which he modified to knock the ninja out instead of killing him as he mentions after their battle (Batman #431)


Mimics Lady Shiva's signature finishing technique the lethal Leopard Blow in order to take out the last and most formidable of the ninja masters that Lady Shiva sent after Bruce in order to help retrain him in the martial arts (in her own deadly way) since he lost his physical prowess when Bane broke his back. However, it turns out that he's modified the killer technique into a non-lethal strike which knocks the ninja master out instead of killing him. He does this to fool Lady Shiva into believing that he's willing to kill so he could pass her final test (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62 and Robin v2 #8)


Masterfully defends against The Sensei's spine crusher iron fist technique from behind by trapping him with his own unique technique that he calls "The Gymnast's Third Hand". Note: This fight was staged for show however this still showcases his high level mastery and vast knowledge of martial arts technique as also noted by The Sensei himself during their fight (Batman Odyssey v2 #7)


Takes out Coldsnap with a nerve strike technique to the side of the body after dodging his ice blast (Batman and the Outsiders v1 #10)


Using pressure point attacks to the nerve clusters, he KOes a group of cybernetic enhanced Gorillas with quasi-telekinetic abilities that boosts their IQ's greatly (JLA Incarnations #2)


Quickly knocks out a super steroid enhanced weight lifter who's impervious to pain using his martial arts skill and rapid pressure point attacks/techniques (Detective Comics v2 #17)


Using the two most deadly nerve strikes in all martial arts against the magically super powered Eddie Hurst however the strikes have no affect on the Eddie due to his magical invulnerability (Detective Comics #788)