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Martial Arts. Study up or go with the flow?

Heyo.

So, let’s say I have an idea for a series about anthros practicing martial arts. With the knowledge that what I depict will most likely never hold a candle to the real deal, should I study up on the topic as much as possible or just go the flow? Some the fighting styles depicted will be both based on real styles like Bajiquan, and some others will be entirely made up like “Swimming Dragon.”

I’ll be the first to admit that the only slightest idea I have of how Bajiquan works comes from Virtua Fighter. As for fictional, I’m thinking about a character using something like a yo-yo type of weapon and using it like Scorpion’s spear, which I believe even then is based on something true.

What’s the best approach?