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#270090 - 07/08/06 10:41 AM National geographic show on Martial Arts truths
MattJ Offline
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Check this article:

National Geographic Channel Examines The Science Of Martial Arts In FIGHT SCIENCE

World Champion Martial Arts Masters Meet Cutting-Edge Technology To Test the Most Complex Weapon on Earth - the Human Body

National Geographic Channels Fight Science Builds Extraordinary Studio-Laboratory to Measure and Map the Impact, Range, Speed and Force of Martial Arts Moves

It strikes four times faster than a snake. It kicks with more than 1,000 pounds of force. And it can rival the impact of a 35 mph car crash. Its the most complex weapon ever designed - the human body.

Now, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) brings together a dream team of scientists, motion-capture specialists and CGI animators, along with a cross-section of champion martial arts masters, to analyze the worlds greatest fight techniques. The tests are designed to separate fighting fact from martial arts myth and provide unprecedented insight into their astounding strengths and capabilities. The results will be presented in the two-hour world premiere special FIGHT SCIENCE, Sunday, August 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

For the first time, FIGHT SCIENCE brings together members of the crash-test industry, the sports biomechanics industry and the Hollywood animation industry - applying their combined expertise and technology to a diverse range of martial arts techniques, including karate, kung fu, jiu jitsu, tae kwon do, muay Thai and wushu, among others. The results reveal the comparative strengths, advantages and limitations of the various martial arts styles. And in a breakthrough combination of technologies, scientists are able to peer inside a fighters body in real time.

FIGHT SCIENCE tests and films world-renowned martial artists, hand-picked to represent various disciplines, in a custom-built combination dojo (a school for training in the various arts of self-defense), high-tech lab and film studio that took over a year to design and build. Are the legends true? Is there such a thing as a death punch? How much force does each fighter exert? With 32 infrared motion capture cameras, three high-definition cameras and three ultra-high-speed cameras, the studio allows the crash test and biomechanics scientists to measure and map the speed, force, range and impact of muscles and bones in the fighters bodies.

The motion-capture technique, requiring reflective markers over the fighters entire bodies, allows for sophisticated real-time three-dimensional models (seen in films like KING KONG, LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE POLAR EXPRESS). These results are combined with other data to create separate sophisticated animations of the fighters bones, muscles and nerves. Fight Science juxtaposes the fighters movements with their animated selves for unprecedented insight into exactly how the body generates each move.

The lab, administered by engineer Randy Kelly - an expert in automotive testing and human-injury studies - also records data received by the recipient of the fighter strikes, a $150,000 government-certified crash-test dummy known as the "Hybrid III anthropomorphic test device." Outfitted with sensors and measurement capabilities created especially for this research, it allows scientists to measure the impact of blows, throws and kicks, providing data that frequently astounds Kelly and the other scientists. In addition, special sensors - originally developed for NASA spacesuits - take data from inside the fighters shoes to see how martial artists - especially ninjas - are able to maintain catlike balance no matter what the obstacle.

"In my research, I have seen car crashes, I have seen impacts on the football field," said Kelly. "I have never seen feats of strength like this in any of the other disciplines that Ive done research in."

For the filming, live-action moves were recorded with high-speed, high-definition cameras. While typical film speed is 24 frames per second (fps), the producers utilized film speeds as high as 1,000 fps to capture lightning-fast kicks or to track the extraordinary force that breaks through layers of cinderblock. The results yielded crystal-clear images of remarkable energies at work.

"IÕve been training for 25 years and everything that Ive been doing up until now has been based on hearsay," says ninjitsu expert and stuntman Glen Levy in the film. "To me, its exciting to actually have data... it makes it more real."

Over the centuries, martial arts fighters have supplemented their techniques with instruments like staffs, swords and nunchaku developed to magnify death-dealing potential. FIGHT SCIENCE also explores how the designs and techniques of weaponry can exponentially increase an already fearsome fighters impact, control and range.

Ultimately, the tour de force that is FIGHT SCIENCE cedes its evaluations to the place where training, power and grace reach their ultimate balance: the heart, mind and spirit of a warrior, where fighting techniques transcend skill to become a true, unequivocal art.

Martial arts supervisor for FIGHT SCIENCE is James Lew, a renowned member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Participating on screen are (in alphabetical order) tae kwon do master Bren Foster; undefeated jiu jitsu champion Rickson Gracie; karate expert Mark Hicks; three-time national wushu gold medalist Alex Huynh; Dan Inosanto, one of the worlds leading authorities in jeet kune do; Li Jing, famed practitioner of Chinese wushu; fight trainer, choreographer, leading stuntman and ninjitsu expert Glen Levy; Dean Lister, the "worlds greatest grappler"; Melchor Menor, muay Thai kickboxing expert; Obata Toshishiro, member of an elite group of martial artists and a descendant in the samurai line of the Heike clan; undefeated professional boxer Steve Petramale; Craig and Paul Pumphrey, master demonstrators of breaking techniques and other outrageous feats of strength; and Amir Solsky, founder and leader of Capoeira Los Angeles.

In addition to Kelly, scientists include Dr. Cindy Bir, an expert in ballistic and human body impacts; Dr. Tim Walilko, an impact trauma and sports biomechanics expert; and Dr. Norman Murphy, a leader in force and pressure data capture, analysis and interpretation.

Could be interesting, if they keep to the facts and don't go all XMA like the Discovery Channel did.
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#270091 - 07/08/06 10:51 AM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truths [Re: MattJ]
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Wow what a great find MattJ. You always seem to find interesting reads.
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#270092 - 07/08/06 11:24 AM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: Tezza]
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Indeed, great find. I've been looking for a really good show like this, and so far Deadly Arts hasn't really impressed me, and like MattJ said, the XMA show on Discovery wasn't that great either. This I can't wait to see.
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#270093 - 07/08/06 11:47 AM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: MattJ]
hedkikr Offline
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Registered: 02/28/05
Posts: 2827
Loc: Southern California, USA
As I began to read the post, I was measuring my anticipation because this has been done before...poorly. But hey, it's Nat. Geo. If they can't be trusted to do good investigation & research, who can.

Then as I get to the bottom where they list the participants, I eagerly scan through the names to see who'll be representing karate. Mark Hicks???

Who the "F" is Mark Hicks? So I Google MH &discover that he's a stunt man & open tournament fighter (not even #1...he's #18 in total points). Hardly an expert in my book. Now I'm shaking my head.

#270094 - 07/08/06 12:08 PM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: hedkikr]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 6772
it does look interesting, my hopes aren't high for the reasons hedkikr points out. The director is James Lew?

so it's run with a hollywood take on MA.

I think this will be like a continuation of what was started on the XMA documentary, but with more CGI.

#270095 - 07/08/06 12:24 PM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: Ed_Morris]
Tezza Offline

Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 775
Loc: Kent, U.K.
Yes very valid point it will probably be very similar to XMA. Although its good that they are suddenly putting more martial arts on television.
Does anyone know if this will be available in the U.K
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#270096 - 07/08/06 12:50 PM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: Tezza]
gojuwarrior1 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/02
Posts: 1178
Loc: East Coast, USA
They forgot one person.............ME!
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#270097 - 07/08/06 01:45 PM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: MattJ]
Isshinryukid4life Offline
Professional Injury causer

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 2455
Loc: Knoxville.
IMO the fabrications of National Geocrapic are numerous,& Well I'll just take that article with a chunk of salt.

#270098 - 07/08/06 01:47 PM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: Ed_Morris]
Steel91 Offline

Registered: 05/25/06
Posts: 451
Loc: Alabama
Yea, they should show something about more traditional and practical stuff rather than XMA type stuff, instead of fight science they should call it The Science of Tournement Martial Arts or sumthin. It still sounds interesting though and I will probably watch it anyway.
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#270099 - 07/08/06 04:42 PM Re: National geographic show on Martial Arts truth [Re: Steel91]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 4117
Loc: California
If Rickson's going to be on the show, I'm going to watch it. I'd love to see how that guy compares to the rest of them. I also want to see how they actually measure the effectiveness of BJJ.
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