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Feature 9.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 9.0
Distributor: Discovery Channel
Running Time: TBA
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer: Tory Favro

9.0


Fight Question Complete Season One

I absolutely love this series and found it to be an amazing series. For those not in the know we are following the adventures of two fighters with very different pasts. We have Jimmy Smith who is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and a maths teacher to boot from California. Then we have the younger Doug Anderson who is an ex serviceman and a rookie fighter.

Their job? To take us around the world with them and watch as they undertake some of the planet's most extreme fighting styles for a period of five days and then they have to take on the best that their teachers have to offer them in a series of bouts.

This show could have been handled in a really bad way, catering toward the meatheads in our society who revel in violence. Instead our hosts approach everything with a grace and goodwill toward their hosts, showing a real reverence toward the skills they are being shown. I simply could not look away for the entire series.

Every country offers something new for Jimmy and Doug and for us the viewers. With some truly beautiful locations for the guys to learn in, this is a truly inspirational show that opens your eyes up to just how amazing our different cultures are, and the ways that people discipline themselves around the planet.

In the first part of the series, there are seven countries visited on this two disc set, each offering their own form of fighting. Possibly one of the most confronting forms I saw was the Kyokoshin karate episode when Doug in particular copped an absolute flogging during a kumite with three other fighters in the forest. These guys are taking hard knocks to produce this show and I certainly respect them for that.

In the second part of Fight Quest, our hosts Jimmy Smith and Doug Anderson, once again take us around the world as they learn various fighting techniques from masters of their sports and then apply them in a final battle to show what they have learned.

I love this series and couldn't stop watching. The great thing about Fight Quest is that it doesn't really cater for meat heads and shows a real respect for the fighters and the styles that they represent. Training is brutal and both Jimmy and Doug seem to be injured a lot more than in Round One. It makes for some tense viewing as both of them are genuinely likeable and despite the fact that there is no animosity with the people they are fighting, you do genuinely want them to win and not be hurt.

The second part of the series in my opinion ups the ante in terms of more brutal fighting styles, which does see the boys hurt more. They have five days to learn a style then face off in a final match. The countries that they visit this series are Brazil, Israel, USA, Thailand, India and Hong Kong.

One of the most confronting styles that happened during this season would have had to had been when the guys went to Israel to study Krav Maga. The training was utterly brutal and the guys were pretty much smashed around both both their trainers and other students with hands, feet and even machine guns! One of the moments that stood out for me was when Doug declared without joking that he honestly thought his female instructor was insane.

This is a brilliant series and I am truly sad that this appears to have been the last season of it. I do hope that it's still in production somehow so that we can travel the world with these amazing guys and learn more about different cultures and their fighting styles.

Put simply, this is a must own collection.

Tory Favro






 
 



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