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The Human Weapon was a television show that use to aired on the History channel in July 2007. The main characters of the show are the respective hosts, and their names are Bill Duff and Jason Chambers. The hosts like to go around the world, and study the unique material arts of that region. The beginning of each episode is usually a brief description of the material art that will be features on the show, and footage of the sport being played. The hosts will then show footage of them learning the basic idea of the sport such as different blocks or strikes.

The hosts will learn what they are doing from masters or instructors in the field as they like to be well versed in the sport. When they learn about the sport, they are also learning about the cultural history of the sport. The motion capture element allows the audience to see the technique the hosts are learning in slow motion. After the hosts learn the technique, they are assessed for their ability to learn the sport. At least one of the hosts will fight the master, and you will have to stay tuned to see who wins each fight!

During the first year, the hosts went to the following countries and learned these respective material arts:

-- Thailand and Muay Thai. -- Philippines and Eskrima. -- Okinawa (Japan) and Karate. -- France and Savate. -- Japan and Judo. -- Greece and Pankration. -- Israel Krav and Maga. -- United States Marine Corps and Martial Arts. -- United States and Mixed Martial Arts. -- China Kung Fu and Sanda. -- Russia and Sambo. -- Cambodia Pradal and Serey. -- Indonesia & Malaysia and Silat. -- Countries from previous episodes "Passport to Pain." -- Japan and Ninjutsu. -- South Korea and Taekwondo.

All of the movies were current when they were filmed throughout 2007.

Fridays at 10:00 pm on History
1 Season, 18 Episodes
July 21, 2007
Reality, Documentary & Biography
8.4/10
Cast: Jason Chambers, Bill Duff
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  • 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.

  • Ninjutsu is studied during a trip to Japan. Included: a tour of a 300-year-old training barracks.

  • 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.

  • Examining Silat, a martial art from Southeast Asia. Included: outdoor training in intense heat; and a battle against six Silat masters.

  • Examining pradal serey, a free-form martial art that combines punches and kicks, during a tour of Southeast Asia.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • American Mixed Martial Arts and its growing popularity is examined.

  • 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.

  • A trip to Israel to study Krav Maga.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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