- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 3, 2007
Bill and Jason try their hands (and far more sensitive body parts) at the quintessential martial art on the island of Okinawa.
- An exciting new series explores the origins and teachings of the world's martial arts.
- Jason and Bill have only a week to learn enough not to get killed.
- Learn the rich tradition of Karate in its birthplace, Okinawa.
Despite its emphasis on hand-to-hand combat, in many ways martial arts are about how not to fight. This is one of the first lessons hosts and seasoned fighters Jason Chambers and Bill Duff learn on their globe-spanning quest to discover the traditions and techniques of the world's fighting styles. Learn with them as they seek out Masters of ancient and modern disciplines in the lands where they were created. Discover the cultures that gave rise to distinct martial arts. And, finally, witness as Jason and Bill challenge a champion - a true HUMAN WEAPON - after only a week of instruction!
For many of us the first practice that springs to mind when we think of martial arts is Karate. Join Jason and Bill on a pilgrimage to Japan's southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, to trace the origins and teachings of this fundamental, deadly discipline.
Our hosts journey across the legendary island, learning all aspects of the martial art Okinawans created to help battle invading Samurai warriors over 400 years ago. They practice Iron Body Training in a 600 year-old castle, master heart-stopping vital point strikes in an ancient temple and put themselves through the rigorous training regimens of ancient Karate masters. And in only a week they bring their new-found technique to the mat to face a black belt - an Okinawan Champion - in a true Karate battle.