The Discovery Channel has a show called Fight Quest with essentially the same structure as the History Channel’s Human Weapon: Send a couple of guys around the world to learn new (or ancient, really) fighting systems.
Last night I stumbled across Fight Quest and was introduced to Kali, also known as Arnis, the Filipino art of using a rattan stick called an escrima to whack the crap out of someone.
According to Wikipilipinas:
It is said that, originally, the cane was considered sacred by practitioners, and therefore an arnis practitioner was expected to hit his cane at the hand or forearm of his sparring partner and not at the latter’s cane. This also had the advantage of being the preferred method in actual combat, referred to as “defanging the snake”, that is, making the opponent drop his weapon so that he is less of a threat. However, it discouraged many would-be practitioners who found this training too painful and injury-inducing.
Yeah, getting hit by a stick – not fun.