Human Weapon

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  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (836)

Human Weapon is a television show that aired on the History Channel in 2007. The show follows the hosts, Bill Duff and Jason Chambers, as they travel around the world exploring various martial arts and combat sports. Each episode features a different location and fighting style, as the hosts immerse themselves in the local culture and train with experts in the field.

The show is structured as a documentary-style travelogue, with Duff and Chambers serving as both hosts and participants. They begin each episode by introducing the location and history of the fighting style they will be studying. They then meet with local experts, trainers, and fighters, who provide insight into the nuances of the particular style.

Throughout the episode, we see Duff and Chambers training and competing in the local style. They go through rigorous training programs, learning the basics of the technique and perfecting their form. They also undertake intense physical challenges, such as fighting in a ring, grappling on a mat, or performing a choreographed routine.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is the way it highlights the cultural significance of martial arts. In each location, Duff and Chambers immerse themselves in the local culture, visiting significant historical sites, trying traditional foods, and learning about the background of the fighting style they are studying. This provides a rich context for the martial arts they are studying, demonstrating how they have evolved as part of a larger cultural tradition.

Another strength of Human Weapon is its emphasis on the athleticism and physicality of martial arts. Throughout the show, we see Duff and Chambers put through their paces, testing their endurance, strength, and agility. The show also employs expert commentators and slo-mo replays to break down the techniques and moves involved in each style, providing a detailed analysis of how the fights are won and lost.

Some of the locations and styles covered in the show include Muay Thai in Thailand, Kung Fu in China, Karate in Okinawa, Savate in France, Silat in Malaysia, and Krav Maga in Israel. Each of these locations is given its own unique spin, with Duff and Chambers exploring the culture, history, and technique of each style.

Human Weapon is a fascinating look at the world of martial arts, offering a glimpse into the complexity and diversity of fighting styles from around the globe. The show is an entertaining and educational journey that will appeal to anyone interested in combat sports or world cultures.

Human Weapon is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on July 21, 2007.

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16. Taekwondo
December 27, 2007
Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to South Korea, birthplace of one of the most acrobatic and physically punishing fighting styles in the world, Taekwondo.
15. Ninjutsu
December 14, 2007
Ninjutsu is studied during a trip to Japan. Included: a tour of a 300-year-old training barracks.
Special: Passport To Pain
14. Special: Passport To Pain
November 30, 2007
Thirteen countries. Fourteen fights. Hundreds of body slams, groin shots, and even a few laps around a Cambodian village on the back of a Water Buffalo, join the ultimate quest to experience the greatest martial arts the world has to offer.
Silat: Martial Art of Malaysia
13. Silat: Martial Art of Malaysia
November 23, 2007
Examining Silat, a martial art from Southeast Asia. Included: outdoor training in intense heat; and a battle against six Silat masters.
Cambodian Bloodsport
12. Cambodian Bloodsport
November 16, 2007
Examining pradal serey, a free-form martial art that combines punches and kicks, during a tour of Southeast Asia.
Sambo: Russia
11. Sambo: Russia
November 9, 2007
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff journey to Moscow, Russia, the origin of one of the most versatile and deadly martial arts on the planet.
Kung Fu: China
10. Kung Fu: China
November 2, 2007
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff journey to China, home to one of the oldest and most famous martial arts of all; Kung Fu. Our hosts will travel this vast country learning techniques from some of the greatest living masters.
MMA: America's Extreme Fighting
9. MMA: America's Extreme Fighting
September 28, 2007
American Mixed Martial Arts and its growing popularity is examined.
Marine Corps Martial Arts
8. Marine Corps Martial Arts
September 21, 2007
The fighting skills of the United States Marine Corps are studied at Quantico, Va. Included: a history of the Marine tactics in battles in World Wars I and II and in Afghanistan. Also: shallow-water sparring.
Krav Maga of the Israeli Commandos
7. Krav Maga of the Israeli Commandos
August 31, 2007
A trip to Israel to study Krav Maga.
Pankration: The Original Martial Art
6. Pankration: The Original Martial Art
August 24, 2007
A trip to Athens, Greece, to explore one of the oldest martial arts, pankration, a sport in the ancient Olympic games that combines boxing and wresting, and has only two rules: no biting or eye gouging.
Judo: Samurai Legacy
5. Judo: Samurai Legacy
August 17, 2007
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff explore the techniques and history behind the Japanese martial art of judo. Included: trips through Tokyo and Kyoto; training with police; the mountaintop lair of a legendary master descended from a 400-year-old line of samurai.
Savate Streetfighting
4. Savate Streetfighting
August 10, 2007
A trip to France to study the art of savate, a French martial art that combines punches and kicks in which the combatants wear shoes. Included: police training is observed.
3. Karate
August 3, 2007
The art of karate and its history are explored during a visit to Okinawa, Japan. Included: one of the hosts endures Iron Body Training; and challenges a black-belt karate champion.
Eskrima Stickfighting
2. Eskrima Stickfighting
July 28, 2007
The art of Eskrima, involving sticks and knives, is examined during a trip to the Philippines. Included: an attempt to battle a water buffalo; and a fight involving a five-time Eskrima world champion.
Muay Thai
1. Muay Thai
July 21, 2007
Jason and Bill travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to learn Muay Thai, known as the Science of Eight Limbs, and to challenge a champion in the discipline.
Muay Thai: Ultimate Striking
1. Muay Thai: Ultimate Striking
July 20, 2007
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff journey to Bangkok, Thailand, home to one of the world's most distinctive and devastating martial arts, Muay Thai.
Where to Watch Human Weapon
Human Weapon is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Human Weapon on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 21, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (836)