Human Weapon

Season 1 Episode 2

Eskrima Stickfighting

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Aired Unknown Jul 27, 2007 on The History Channel
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Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to the island nation of the Philippines, to learn about the violent and even deadly form of Martial Arts known as Eskrima. Jason & Bill will travel from the ancient forts of Cebu City to the rice patties of the Manalanga Mountains and to a military base in the capital of the Philippines, Manila, in order to learn the stick and knife techniques that were used to kill famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 and to destroy the terrorist organization Abu Sayef, also known as Al Qaeda, in the mid 1990's. At the end of their journey one of them will have to fight against a 5-time world Eskrima champion.moreless

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      • Jason Chambers: (referring to the Eskrima move called Palamut) By getting in close the opponents neck is exposed, but because of the close range the hand doesn't generate a huge amount of force. It's enough to stun, but probably not enough to cause serve injury. But replace the hand with a weapon, like a stick or a knife as you would in combat, and this could become a kill shot.

      • Colonel Ecama: (referring to a solider in dense jungle) There are times that you don't have time to pick up your rifle, you don't have time to pick up your pistol, and its too close... you can use your knife.

      • Bill Duff: (referring to an Eskrima move called Baliog Pomali) An average man's neck can withstand about a 140 foot-pound affliction moment, beyond that soft tissue, even vertebrae can be crushed. By bringing your weight down fast this move can easily deliver twice that amount of force.

      • Jason Chambers: (after walking into the Eskrima arena) These people are here to see chaos and carnage... they want some blood, blood!
        Bill Duff: Now I know what the gladiators felt like in Rome.

      • Jason Chambers: With Eskrima sticks, as opposed to other martial arts, the sticks here are just an extension of your hands. In other martial arts the sticks are strictly used as a stick, drop that stick and you don't have that technique anymore, with Eskrima you still have the same angles and attacks.

      • Jason Chambers: (right after his Eskrima match) Holy crap, am I sore! I feel like I got into a car accident, without the car!

      • Jason Chambers: (talking about his Eskrima match with Perceval) For every shot I landed, he landed two. Every blow hit with enough force to bruise bone.

      • Jason: (referring to his upcoming Eskrima match) We trained old school, so we wanted to fight old school. No armor, instead our competition sticks would be metal rods wrapped with thin padding... this was going to hurt.

      • Bill Duff: Because of the danger of serious injury or even death, most sport Eskrima matches are fought in full body armor. But the helmets and armor make serious injuries rare so most matches are won by points rather than knockouts.

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