Fight Science

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 29 March, 9.30pm

Some of the oldest fighting styles in martial arts are based on the animal kingdom’s most effective fighters. The movements of the snake, the crane, the praying mantis, the monkey and the tiger have inspired kung fu masters for hundreds of years – but how do humans really stack up to their animal counterparts? Experts bring a menagerie of nature’s best athletes into the lab to determine if a martial arts master can really fight like an animal.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 29 March, 9.30pm

Some of the oldest fighting styles in martial arts are based on the animal kingdom’s most effective fighters. The movements of the snake, the crane, the praying mantis, the monkey and the tiger have inspired kung fu masters for hundreds of years – but how do humans really stack up to their animal counterparts? Experts bring a menagerie of nature’s best athletes into the lab to determine if a martial arts master can really fight like an animal.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 15 March, 9.30pm

The element of surprise is a critical part of all forms of combat. While stealth is an essential ingredient in modern weapons of war, it was long ago honed to an art form. The art of stealth in martial arts involves four elements: disguised attacks, hidden defences, infiltration and evasion. These elements form the framework for a series of tests designed to reveal the secrets of fighting with stealth. A team of technical specialists, sports physiologists and biomechanical engineers test the skills of a group of elite martial artists under extreme conditions to comprehend the stealthy skills they employ in their fighting techniques. Investigate Capoeira, the dance-like fighting style of Afro-Brazilian slaves; look at the elusive nature of Qi (Chi) through the amazing feats of a Shaolin master; examine the clandestine skills of Ninjas; and test the leaping mastery of Free Runners in this investigation into the art of stealth.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 8 March, 9.30pm

Special Operation Forces are highly trained military units specialised in conducting high-risk missions such as reconnaissance, counter-terrorism and unconventional warfare. Many of these missions expose them to extreme environments that they must overcome by strategically controlling their own physiology. They combat scorching desert temperatures, subzero climates, high altitudes and deep waters. Experts test the superior skills of these legendary soldiers by subjecting them to the most severe environments the human body can withstand to reveal what techniques they use that allows them to excel beyond typical human limitations. A team of top physiologists, tactical experts and technical engineers conduct extreme experiments in a custom designed laboratory with cutting edge technology. They push a Marine Scout Sniper, an Air Force Pilot, an Army Ranger and a Navy SEAL to the breaking point to reveal the physiological and psychological techniques they use to accomplish dangerous missions.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 1 March, 9.30pm

The primary responsibility of Law Enforcement is to save lives and protect the community. But it’s not just the lives of the innocent they must protect – they must also save the lives of the perpetrators they’re confronting. One of the most difficult problems is avoiding lethal confrontations in “the kill zone” – those moments of truth when it’s kill-or-be-killed. A team of top physiologists, engineers and weapons experts reveal how Law Enforcement personnel utilise cutting-edge technology and weapons, as well as their knowledge of human physiology, to save lives.