Fight Quest follows 2 friends, Jimmy Smith and Doug Anderson, as they travel the world discovering various fighting styles and training for several days before taking on a veteran of the sport in a fight. Jimmy is a professional mixed martial artist and former math teacher, and Doug is an Iraq War veteran and former army body guard.
I came across this series on Youtube (which seems as though it was aired on Discovery International previously) and really enjoyed it. Although each episode only focuses on one particular martial art, watching the entire series really gave me a much greater appreciation for the fighting arts, and all the various styles within it (though it only covers 13 of the many many forms).
There are episodes focussed on styles that are very common in most sanctioned MMA competitions (Muay Thai, BJJ, Boxing) some more uncommon styles (Kyokushin, Savate, Hapkido) as well as ones which for various reasons would not be utilized in a sanctioned MMA match (weapon based styles, Krav Maga, Kajukenpo). However, seeing as how this subreddit is dedicated to mixed martial arts, and not just competitions, I thought it would be worth posting this.
Each episode is linked below, with a brief description pulled from Wikipedia for those who are unfamiliar with the style.
If you have the time I highly recommend watching. Hope you guys enjoy watching it as much as I did.
EDIT It seems as though the BJJ and Wing Chun episodes don’t work, so if I find a new link to those I’ll post it.
Episode 1: Kung Fu:kung fu or gung fu and wushu are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as “families”, “sects” or “schools” of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal, while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called “external”.
Episode 2: Kali: Eskrima, Arnis, and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques. Although in general, emphasis is put on weapons for these arts, some systems put empty hands as the primary focus and some old school systems do not teach weapons at all.
Episode 3: Kyokushin Karate:Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “the ultimate truth.” Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training.
Episode 4: Hapkido: Hapkido is a dynamic and highly eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including knife, sword, rope, jool bong (nunchaku), cane, short stick (dan bong), and middle-length staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined. Hapkido contains both long- and close-range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances.
Episode 5: Savate: Savate is a traditional French martial art which uses the hands and feet as weapons combining elements of western boxing with graceful kicking techniques. Only foot kicks are allowed unlike some systems such as muay thai, and silat which allow the use of the knees or shins. Savate is a French word for “old shoe”. Savate is perhaps the only style of kickboxing in which the fighters habitually wear shoes.
Episode 6: Pencak Silat: Pencak Silat is an umbrella term for the martial arts of Indonesia. The clear distinction between Indonesian and Peninsular silat is a relatively recent one based largely on post-independence patriotic sentiments. There are hundreds of different styles but they tend to focus either on strikes, joint manipulation, throws, bladed weaponry, or some combination thereof.
Episode 7: Boxing: Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will, by throwing punches with gloved hands against each other. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest.
Episode 8: BJJ: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.
Episode 9: Krav Maga: Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujutsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression.
Episode 10: Kajukenbo: Kajukenbo training incorporates a blend of striking, kicking, throwing, takedowns, joint locks and weapon disarmament. A driving principle behind Kajukenbo is transitioning smoothly from one specialty into the next to create an optimal response to any situation. This radical approach to training led to Kajukenbo being known as, “The First American Mixed Martial Art”. The name Kajukenbo comes from the original arts of which it was composed: KA for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujutsu, KEN for Kenpo and BO for both Western and Chinese Boxing (Chu’an Fa Kung Fu).
Episode 11: Muay Thai: Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins , being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.
Episode 12: Kalaripayattu: Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is now practiced in Kerala, in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and among the Malayali community of Malaysia. Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Some of the flexibility training methods in northern Kalaripayattu are applied in Kerala dance forms and kathakali dancers who knew martial arts were believed to be markedly better than the other performers. Some traditional Indian dance schools still incorporate kalaripayattu as part of their exercise regimen.
Episode 13: Wing Chun: Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilizing both striking and grappling while specializing close-range combat.