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BSDaemon
8/20/2006 7:50pm,
On tonight... August 20th at 6pm and 9pm on the National Geographic Channel

http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/channel/fightscience/


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 fighter's 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, 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. 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.

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

I sure hope they rip on ninjitsu...

Aesopian
8/20/2006 8:03pm,
It is going to be a slobbering animu fanboy blowjob.

Gypsy Jazz
8/20/2006 8:17pm,
I didn't even know there was a national geographic channel until now. I predict this is going to be like the XMA show made by discovery a few years back, but with more variety in styles. Hopefully someone will stick it on youtube or something of the like so I can get a chance to see (and likely laugh at) it.

TehStr33t
8/20/2006 8:19pm,
So far it isnt so bad, since they're giving props to Muay Thai and Boxing over other arts in the mystical "POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH" arguement.

BSDaemon
8/20/2006 8:19pm,
“To see if one style could be the greatest of them all” … While Rickson Gracie is doing an armbar.

Punch
Kung fu… 612 lbs
Karate… 812 lbs
TKD…. 917 lbs
Boxing… 993 lbs

Kick…
Karate side kick… 1023 lbs
Kung fu flying double kick (LOL)… 981 lbs
TKD spinning back kick… 1572 lbs
The winner: Muay Thai knee to sternum… Didn’t give force but said was like a 35 mph car crash, and compresses chest two inches, causing broken ribs, internal bleeding, and possibly CARDIAC ARREST AND DEATH!!

ronin56003
8/20/2006 8:19pm,
So far its been pretty decent. Stating the obvious, Boxer has the strongest punch... a Muy Thai knee is gonna hurt ya real bad. But that was only the first 15 mins, plenty of time left to ruin the show.

Dalum
8/20/2006 8:21pm,
Sofar it doesn't seem too bad. They are measuring how hard different styles can hit. The problem is that they are taking "best" representatives from each style to do it. Just that there is the huge variable that's fucking everything up. It was cool to see that the Muay Thai guy was measured to hit like a 35 mile car car crash with his knee.

This seems to be better than tha XMA show they did a while back. (thank goodness!)

ronin56003
8/20/2006 8:22pm,
“To see if one style could be the greatest of them all” … While Rickson Gracie is doing an armbar.

Punch
Kung fu… 612 lbs
Karate… 812 lbs
TKD…. 917 lbs
Boxing… 993 lbs

Kick…
Karate side kick… 1023 lbs
Kung fu flying double kick (LOL)… 981 lbs
TKD spinning back kick… 1572 lbs
The winner: Muay Thai knee to sternum… Didn’t give force but said was like a 35 mph car crash, and compresses chest two inches, causing broken ribs, internal bleeding, and possibly CARDIAC ARREST AND DEATH!!


would be nice to see a number on the knee. TKD making a good representation so far...

BSDaemon
8/20/2006 8:27pm,
Rickson applies neck crank from reverse crucifix FTW... Enough power to break the neck!

So far this is about 100 times better than XMA.

BSDaemon
8/20/2006 8:39pm,
staged fight gheyness..

Hitting the heavy bag with speed (but no power)

"Can a martial artist strike faster than a snake?".... LOL

Chinese Kung Fu.... Or Wu Shu / Shaolin: "one style famous for speed"... 4 times faster than snake strike! Wow!

But "hitting fast counts less than hitting first". In TKD point sparring (they fail to mention)... What about power?

Reaction time... four Light / Target mit pairs.

"The ultimate warrior still lurks in the shadows"... OH NOES TEH NINJA! OK it's getting worse.

Gezere
8/20/2006 8:40pm,
Yeah the fucking Ninjer is the "ultimate" warriror!?!?!?!

I wonder how Rickson was handling that.

Torakaka
8/20/2006 8:44pm,
“To see if one style could be the greatest of them all” … While Rickson Gracie is doing an armbar.

Punch
Kung fu… 612 lbs
Karate… 812 lbs
TKD…. 917 lbs
Boxing… 993 lbs

Kick…
Karate side kick… 1023 lbs
Kung fu flying double kick (LOL)… 981 lbs
TKD spinning back kick… 1572 lbs
The winner: Muay Thai knee to sternum… Didn’t give force but said was like a 35 mph car crash, and compresses chest two inches, causing broken ribs, internal bleeding, and possibly CARDIAC ARREST AND DEATH!!

*cries*

ronin56003
8/20/2006 8:47pm,
Don't worry, not a real ninja... no tabi.

TehStr33t
8/20/2006 8:48pm,
OMG teh deadly ninja. hahaha I liked when the muay thai guy tried climbing on those things and he closed his eyes

BSDaemon
8/20/2006 8:51pm,
drunken boxing.... Oh god. "Provides better balance in a fight"

"Enter the ninja"

The ninja beats the muay thai guy in balancing on the plum flower poles

"The legend of the ninja's supernatural balance is fact"

TehStr33t
8/20/2006 8:53pm,
LOL more ninja DIM MAK