Human Weapon

Season 1 Episode 1

Muay Thai: Ultimate Striking

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Aired Unknown Jul 20, 2007 on The History Channel
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Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to Bangkok, Thailand, the home of one of the most recognized martial arts, Muay Thai. Their journey takes them to the legendary Lumpinee Stadium, and then to the jungles bordering Burma where they train at a Buddhist temple.

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      • Jason Chambers: (after his Muay Thai match) It was fun, I got a couple of bangs, a couple of bruises. But man that makes me feel alive, when you get hit in the face and I'll have a few nice welts tonight, I loved it.

      • Bill Duff: (referring to Muay Thai fighters he is training with) Not one of these guys is going to back down. I don't care if they're 12 or 20, they are gonna step in and they're gonna want to try and take on the big white guy from Jersey.

      • Jason Chambers: (talking about native Muay Thai fighters) Do to the physical punishment of a Muay Thai match, most fighters retire by their mid-twenties, some having fought as many as 150 fights, compared to about 40 career fights for a boxer.

      • Bill Duff: (talking about his upcoming Muay Thai fight) I'm a little bit nervous, a little stressed thinking about the guy I've got to fight, a champion. I'm sure he is as tough as nails and he probably chews on dirt and spits it out, but I'm not gonna back down from him.

      • Bill Duff: (talking about the power of a knee strike) Unlike the kick which relies on rotation to create power, the knee gets its power from leverage. Pulling our opponent down and then driving the knee up can deliver up to 2.5 tons of force, enough to lift a car.

      • Jason Chambers: Crushing concrete, like knocking out an opponent, is all about area of impact. A typical brick can support about 675 pounds of static load, the human hand can generate just about that much force. But by concentrating it in a small area, the edge of the palm, it's enough to turn that brick into rubble.

      • Bill Duff: (explaining the power of the elbow) Basically it works like the point of a knife. All of the forces magnify by being concentrated in a small, hard area. Even if the elbow doesn't deliver a knock out, it will almost always leave a nasty cut.

      • Jason Chambers: For centuries the Thai people have used Muay Thai to battle their enemies, which is why the World Military Academy in Thailand still trains every cadet in the basics of this ancient martial art.

      • Jason Chambers: Unlike the Karate kick, Muay Thai fighters are also taught to strike with the hard bone in the shin. A Muay Thai kick can create roughly the same force as a baseball bat, enough to crack a rib or a leg.

      • Bill Duff: (referring to the kick in Muay Thai fighting) This is a totally new kind of strike for me. Coming from football and wrestling, where it's a lot of upper body, a kick requires totally different muscles and a lot of them.

      • Bill Duff: The kick is the fundamental strike in Muay Thai. Like the jab in western boxing, the kick is the long range weapon of the sport. It can be used on offense to take an opponent down or on defense to keep a man at distance.

      • Jason Chambers: (after seeing a Muay Thai fighter get knocked out): I have never seen anyone get knocked out with an elbow before!
        Bill Duff: The kid took an elbow right to the head, blood started pouring out of his mouth... disgusting.

      • Jason Chambers: (talking about death in Muay Thai fighting) With no rounds, no protective gear, and basically no rules it wasn't surprising to learn that death was not uncommon in the old fights.

      • Bill Duff: (talking about the old fighting styles of Muay Thai) In the old days fighters didn't wear gloves, instead they wrapped their hands with twisted hemp cloth. The wrapping protects the fist but leaves wicked cuts.

      • Bill Duff:(talking about Muay Thai fighters) You come here to this stadium, the blood flies on you, these guys demolish each other... its about hurting the other guy. You know these guys are human weapons.

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