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    Ultra high-tech armor for weapons-based MMA



    The "Unified Weapons Master" system is a new brand of high-tech armor, especially designed for mixed weapon sparring. As well as offering good protection and mobility, UWM has built-in force sensors that instantly transmit impact data to an external computer:



    The Aussie developers plan to road-test the system by setting up a weapons-based MMA league. IMO this has a lot of potential for all kinds of weapons competition formats (kendo, longsword fencing, Filipino and European stick fighting styles, etc.), not to mention true weapons-based MMA. If it all works as advertised, it would solve a lot of problems re. judging that type of contest.

    The fact that the fighters look like a cross between Robocop and Iron Man is just a bonus, though it might make UWM a hard sell for MA traditionalists.
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    #$& tradition, this is awesome!

    The only thing that could make this better is if they host the fights in Zero G.

    21st century combat sports, baby!
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    Looks pretty awesome. The thing is, there's already decent armor for weapon arts. Armor is not the thing holding weapon fighting back from a more widespread audience, IMHO, and prohibitively expensive armor probably won't help that.

    I'd love a suit for crime fighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Permalost View Post
    Looks pretty awesome. The thing is, there's already decent armor for weapon arts. Armor is not the thing holding weapon fighting back from a more widespread audience, IMHO, and prohibitively expensive armor probably won't help that.

    I'd love a suit for crime fighting.
    It's the impact sensors that I see making the big difference re. scoring, etc., though IMO the full-face helmets may be an issue re. crowd appeal.
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    Don't know if want. How much impact can those sensors take before they spaz out and you're out a couple of thousand dollars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Permalost View Post
    Looks pretty awesome. The thing is, there's already decent armor for weapon arts. Armor is not the thing holding weapon fighting back from a more widespread audience, IMHO, and prohibitively expensive armor probably won't help that.

    I'd love a suit for crime fighting.

    Sorry finger slipped.
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    Does how much impact they can take before breaking really matter as much as that they can take -some- and get that information to the computer with reasonable accuracy? It is definitely an exciting step in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR View Post
    It's the impact sensors that I see making the big difference re. scoring, etc., though IMO the full-face helmets may be an issue re. crowd appeal.
    Custom helmets would be cool though.
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    This may be a dumb question, but is there enough interest from both a fighter and spectator point to be worth the money?? From what I have seen most things like this are done with such small scale interest that they die before they gain any real steam. It's not really a criticism just wondering.
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