In this Discovery Channel series, American fighters Jimmy Smith and Doug Anderson circle the globe in search of new and challenging hand-to-hand combat styles, which they must learn quickly and use in climactic showdowns against homegrown opponents. The action-packed itinerary includes kali stick-fighting in the Philippines, hapkido in Korea, Kyokushin karate in Japan, Muay Thai in Thailand and more.
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TV-PGParental Guidance Suggested. This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this docuseries -- which follows two American men training in various ancient martial arts around the world -- is a mix of entertainment and education. It includes graphic footage of initiation rituals, intense training sequences, and competitive fighting. Most of the fighting systems employ punching, kicking, and smashing; some also rely on lethal weapons (sticks, swords, sharp knives, etc.). Some of the instruction includes descriptions of killing an opponent. Younger viewers may need to be reminded that these moves should never be tried at home.
- Sexual Content
- Men are often seen fighting bare-chested. Anderson and Smith eat testicle soup in the Philippines.
- The show's focus is martial arts, so there's lots of fighting. Most of the featured combat styles include hitting, punching, and kicking. Some also incorporate smashing and grappling techniques. Kali is weapon-based and features the use of sticks, swords, and knives. Many of the fighting sequences include dangerous moves that can lead to life-threatening injuries. Bloody scratches, bruise, and other wounds are visible. One pre-training ritual includes a shaman sacrificing a chicken and pouring its blood over the trainee.
- Audible language includes "hell." Very occasional stronger words -- like "s--t" (sometimes uttered in a moment of pain or intense fighting) -- are bleeped.
- Social Behavior
- The series features various fighting styles from around the world but focuses on training within these fighting systems rather than learning about the cultures they come from. Anderson and Smith are respectful of their trainers, as well as of their host country's traditions. Both men are American and Caucasian; other fighters and trainers are from various racial/ethnic groups.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it