- 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 24, 2007
Cinch up your togas! After four thousand years, the fighting style of the Ancient Greeks and Spartans still packs a hell of a wallop!
- Jason and Bill have only a week to learn enough not to get killed.
- Our guys have a rough week tangling with the granddaddy of Mixed Martial Arts!
- An exciting new series explores the origins and teachings of the world's martial arts.
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. Witness as Jason and Bill challenge a champion - a true HUMAN WEAPON - after only a week of instruction!
By many it is considered the original Mixed Martial Art. With its aggressive, unyielding combination of boxing and grappling, Pankration is a devastating whole-body technique. A centerpiece of Ancient Greek (as well as Macedonian, Spartan and others) culture, it was the highlight of the original Olympics. Now Jason and Bill are traveling to the cradle of western civilization, Athens, Greece, to survive a week learning the mysteries of this ancient practice.
Luckily for our hosts, matches are no longer determined by death or unconsciousness. Pankration as practiced today, while still brutal, has added a few more rules beyond "no biting, no eye-gouging." From back alley gyms to the oldest standing fortress in all of Greece, our hosts immerse themselves in the origins of wrestling, boxing, grappling and kickboxing and come to understand why Pankration has inspired art and literature and martial arts for centuries.
Of course, no episode of HUMAN WEAPON would be complete without a no-holds-barred face-off with a master, this time a World, European, and six-time national champion Pankration fighter. Will the boys win any laurels, or limp home empty-handed?