The Human Weapon on the History Channel?
I caught a couple of shows and it is pretty interesting.
Also, has anyone seen the previews for The Last One Standing on the Discovery Channel?
This looks to be very interesting.
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Brad: Pro Lightweight Strongman
Corey: Harvard Outdoorsman
Jason: Florida State BMX Champion, 2006
Mark: British Salsa Dancer and Kickboxer
Rajko: British Fitness Professional
Richard: Oxford University Sportsman
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In the thrilling new Discovery Channel series LAST ONE STANDING, six athletes ? three American and three British ? are immersed in the most remote tribes in the world, where they live alongside and train with indigenous tribespeople as they prepare to represent their host tribe in raw and intense competition. From death-defying Zulu stick fighting in South Africa to an arduous foot race in the Mexican mountains ? wearing only handmade sandals ? these men push their physical and mental limits to see who will be the last warrior standing. This new 12-part series premieres Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The diverse group of athletes are at the top of their game: There is a BMX rider, a strongman competitor, an Oxford University sportsman, a hiker and endurance athlete, a kickboxer, and a British all-rounder and fitness professional. Together they compete in an array of tribal games and rite of passage ceremonies, where competition is frequently a metaphor for war. Completely immersed in a tribal culture, the adventurers live among the village warriors to train and prepare for the battle that lies ahead ? no concessions are made.
Will the sprinter be able to keep up in the long-distance running competitions held by the remote Tarahumara Indians across punishing terrain in northern Mexico? Will the Florida BMX?er (who had never before left the United States) stand a chance against the fierce Kalapalo wrestlers in Brazil? Will any of the six make a showing while endurance canoeing in Papua, New Guinea?
LAST ONE STANDING gives viewers an intimate look into parts of the world removed from civilization. The competitors travel to Kalapalo, Brazil (wrestling); Zulu, South Africa (stick fighting); Tarahumara, Mexico (endurance running); Mongolia (wrestling); Trobriand Islands (tribal cricket); Sumi, Nagaland (Akikiti kickboxing); Senegal (wrestling); Papua, New Guinea (canoe racing); Brazil (Kraha log racing); Peru (glacial challenge); Java (martial arts); and Vanuatu (canoe racing).
The six competitors are Rajko, 29, a British all-rounder and former world record holder; Jason, 21, the 2006 Florida State BMX Champion; Richard, 21, an Oxford University sportsman who plays cricket, Rugby and croquet; Brad, 28, an American professional lightweight strongman; Mark, 26, a British salsa dancer and kickboxer; and Corey, 22, a hiker and endurance athlete. Each has different strengths and weaknesses, and all of them will be challenged as never before.
The six athletes are from dramatically different regions and cultures themselves, and while forced to compete against each other, they also formed an unlikely brotherhood. For most of them, the journey was spiritual and emotional as well as competitive. As Corey from Alaska observes, "We came into this as a competition ? we put on our game faces during the matches. But as soon as we?re done with that, we?re family." As well, the competitors formed strong bonds with their host tribal families. Brad from Oklahoma remarks of the Mongolian villagers, "They took us in like family and treated us like their adopted sons