2/24/2014 9:45pm, #1
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.
Last edited by DdlR; 2/24/2014 9:49pm at .
2/24/2014 9:52pm, #2
#$& 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!
2/25/2014 1:44am, #3
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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.
2/25/2014 2:03am, #4
2/25/2014 2:11am, #5
Boner status: full mast.
2/25/2014 4:10am, #6
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?
2/25/2014 4:11am, #7
2/25/2014 4:13am, #8
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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.
2/25/2014 4:23am, #9
2/25/2014 9:05am, #10
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.