One of the BIGGEST points in Deterioration Theory is that it only affects the average level of martial arts. Individuals are always an exception. It's just that over the years everyone has been so readily buying into that theory that they mix it all up and just assume any fighter from earlier eras is automatically better than fighters from later eras.Originally Posted by Temujin
I don't know if I would go as far as saying DFBB was above the XiaoYao elders though ... he won that fight over LHC and RWX simply because his speed was way too fast. It's hard to draw a parallel. LHC was doing better than RWX but we know that RWX can easily knock LHC unconscious by channeling his internal energy through a shout (which he did in Plum Manor).
The best fighters from XAJH seem to all negate each other in one way or another because on the one hand you have LHC, whose technique is leagues above everyone else. Then you have RWX and Abbot FZ whose internal energy were leagues above everyone else. Then you have DFBB and the KHBD crew whose qinggong were leagues above everyone else. It's hard really to say that DFBB was THAT much better than LHC, RWX, XWT, etc. They simply had no answer for his specialty, which was qinggong.