Human Weapon on the History Channel
The History Channel’s new show, Human Weapon, combines three things I enjoy: martial arts, history and physics.
The show takes Jason Chambers, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, and Bill Duff, a wrestler and former pro American football player, and immerses them in the history, culture and training of a different martial art each episode. The ability to actually study with the masters that these gents have the opportunity to visit is every martial artists dream.
This show could have come off as quite cheesy and testosterone laden. But the inclusion of the discipline, history, training patterns and the kinesiology of some of the strikes, makes this more of a tutorial-travelogue through the martial arts.
The premiere episode cover Muay Thai, and doesn’t stop with the current bloody ring bouts, but covers the past styles, current training for the armed forces and professional fighters.
Each episode ends with either Jason or Bill in the ring with a master of the featured martial art. This was my least favorite part of the show but mercifully, it was short.
The Human Weapon web pages on the History Channel web site are so far well done, showing snippets of each martial art. They have some movie martial artist bios, but until they add Jet Li, it’s just not complete.
Next episode covers Filipino stick fighting!
Fridays at 9pm Eastern on The History Channel.