Quote:Make his superhuman karate-chops a function of the rings, and he is forever diminished.
In my mind, I pictured it at been the other way around, the rings being part of the Mandarin's martial art.
(another comparison would be with Gun Fu movies, except with the rings instead of guns)
I prefer the rings to not
be a part of his martial art, but rather something to get the other guy off balance when his martial arts are being dodged.
Not, "I enhance my karate-chop with psionic energy to hit even harder!" but rather, "you keep dodging my karate-chop, so I'll create psionic illusions so you don't know what to dodge, then I'll suckerpunch/cheapshot you while you're confused!"
I like that much better, because it keeps the full power of the karate-chop as purely and utterly an expression of Mandarin's savage spirituality, and keeps the rings purely a separate equivalent to throwing dirt in the other guy's eyes.