I watched this show for the first time last Sunday and they were covering the history and fighting style of Muy Tai in Tailand. The hosts, Jason Chambers and Bill Duff, went to different parts of the area and learned history about this martial art, saw how these fighters live and train, and were able to learn technique for an upcoming fight against an international Muy Tai Champion.
Its was a pretty good show and it showcased how Muy Tai in Tailand is a way of life for a lot of fighters. They start at the age of 12 and by the time they are in their mid 20’s they retire because they have been through hundreds of fights already. Many of them live in conditions that would make prison look like paradise. They fight to escape extreme poverty and they live and breathe training and competition.
The only drawback of this series is the final fight at the end of the show. They make it seem like they are preparing for a real fight versus a champion, but it ends up being a light sparing match where the champion really isn’t trying at all.
But all and all it is a good show and any martial arts fan will enjoy learning how fighters train and compete in different parts of the world. It aires on the History Channel and here are the upcoming shows:
Human Weapon : Eskrima Stickfighting Airs on Sunday July 29 07:00 PM
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to the island nation of the Philippines, where the indigenous fighting style, Eskrima, was formed. From ancient forts in Cebu City to a modern military base in Manila, our hosts will learn the stick and knife techniques that were used to kill famed Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century and to destroy the terrorist organization Abu Sayef in the mid 90’s. Along the way, they’ll attempt to take down a 2000-pound water buffalo using techniques developed on the rice patties at the foot of the Manalanga Mountains, and perfect Eskrima stick twirling techniques on rickety bamboo rafts beneath the waterfalls in the jungles of Badian. Finally one of our hosts will enter a gritty cockfight ring for an Eskrima stick fight against a 5-time world champion.
Human Weapon : Karate Airs on Friday August 03 10:00 PM
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to the island of Okinawa, Japan, the birthplace of one of the most deadly hand-to-hand combat arts in the world, Karate. Our hosts will journey across this legendary island, learning all aspects of the martial art Okinawans created to help battle invading Samurai warriors over 400 years ago. After practicing Iron Body Training in a 600 year-old castle, mastering heart-stopping vital point strikes in an ancient temple and putting themselves through the rigorous training regiments of ancient Karate masters, one of the hosts will step onto the mat to face a black belt, and Okinawan Champion, in a true Karate battle.
Human Weapon : Savate Streetfighting Airs on Friday August 10 10:00 PM
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff are in France, to study the combat art of Savate. Literally translated to mean “old boot,” Savate developed through necessity. In the early 1800s, violent street gangs looking for trouble ruled the Parisian underground scene. Their prey was the aristocratic class who, to protect themselves, began taking self-defense classes. Over the years this training evolved into modern Savate – an exacting combat sport, and also the official hand-to-hand assault system of the French RAID police. On their mission to uncover Savate’s distinct style, Jason and Bill navigate the dockyards of Marseille, roam the grounds of a 14th-century castle, and even breach a secret police training site to practice and perfect the painfully efficient kicks and punches that comprise this elegant yet ruthless art of combat. Finally, one of our hosts will enter the ring to take on a Savate heavyweight champion.