Dear Friends & Colleagues:
The month of August will mark the biggest number of martial arts-themed cable-TV shows in the history of our industry. I'm sending you the following information on these three shows because I was unable to get all of them publicized in the magazines I edit in time for their various debuts.
Folks, we need all of you in the martial arts that receive this e-mail to help. Ratings are very important for these shows, especially for their debut (premier) broadcasts. These shows promote various aspects of the martial arts, including sport applications, but more importantly, ALL of them in some way promote the positive values and life skills that are taught to our students. Collectively, these programs will undoubtedly draw many new students into our schools. It's like receiving millions of dollars in free advertising - and we don't even have to pay for it!
So please throw your full support behind these three programs. Here's how. We need you to forward this e-mail to all of your students and colleagues as soon as possible, to help get the word out and build the ratings. As everyone knows, e-mails grow exponentially. If everyone gets behind this movement, we can easily reach a million martial arts practitioners in just 10 days! And please keep this in mind: When martial arts TV shows earn good ratings, that creates more future programs in this same genre. It's a self-producing cycle and we get all the benefits.
I've described each of the three cable-TV shows below, along with names, dates and broadcast times. Please do pass on this information quickly.
Many thanks to all of you,
"Martial Arts Success"
715 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128
1) "Final Fu" (MTV2 and MTV)
Currently airs daily (Monday through Friday)
This is a martial arts competition show that began airing on Monday, July 17th five evenings per week, and it's hosted by Ernie Reyes, Jr. It's a month-long competition featuring special customized challenges and tournament (point) sparring between the participants, based on point accumulation. The biggest point winner at the end of the competition in August gets $25,000.
As I write this, "Final Fu" is still airing every night on MTV2 at 7:30 p.m. and repeated again the same night on MTV at 11:00 p.m. The show will continue until mid-August.
2) "Fight Girls" (Oxygen Channel)
Premiers Monday, August 7th at 9:00p.m. ET/PT
Encore presentations: Sunday, August 13th, 3:00 p.m. ET/PT
Friday, August 18th at 2:00 p.m. ET/PT
My good friend Master Toddy, the Las Vegas-based Muay Thai kickboxing master, is behind this show. Toddy has trained more World Kickboxing Champions than anyone on the planet (35 and counting). The above date and time marks the debut of the two-hour pilot show. This show could launch into a weekly series if the ratings are strong for the pilot. Here's the newspiece I wrote for one of my magazines that explains more details.
"Fight Girls" Premieres Monday, August 7th
at 9pm ET/PT on the Oxygen Channel
New York, NY -- Fight Girls chronicles seven tough female fighters who are out for the fight of their lives and attempt the impossible -- to beat the best female fighters in the world in a battle for the World Muay Thai Championship. The two-hour reality-TV special will air on Oxygen on Monday, August 7th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time.
Fight Girls was shot over a two-month period on locations in Las Vegas and Thailand. In it, the legendary Master Toddy of Muay Thai fame, who's trained over 30 world kickboxing champions, trains seven fighters that he hand-picked at his school in Las Vegas. Three are finally chosen to travel to Thailand to compete against other female Muay Thai champions.
The show reveals the unexpected faces of those who compete in this rugged sport. Behind the gloves and bruises are attractive mothers, brides-to-be and high-level executives. As the training intensifies, so does the toll on their personal lives, exposing the emotional battles of these powerhouse fighters.
Once the three fighters reach Thailand, they are confronted with the reality of their pursuit by witnessing just how protective their Thai competitors are of their national sport and the disdain they hold for American women. American women are beautiful, they say, but not strong.
Master Toddy rallies each woman to believe in herself and to prove to him they have the lion heart -- the determination to train hard and conquer their fear in the ring.
Fight Girls is a pilot for a potential weekly series. We need the martial arts industry to get behind this show to boost its ratings. The only other martial arts reality-TV show being broadcast is Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV, which recently completed its third hit season.
3) "Fight Science" (National Geographic Channel)
Premiers Sunday, August 20th at 9:00p.m.
Encore Presentation: Sept. 4th at 12:00a.m.
This one's a magnificent visual and scientific treat. And you don't have to take my word for it. Instead, go to this link (or paste it in your browser) on the YouTube website and see the phenomenal short promo reel for yourself. The reel starts as soon as the webpage opens:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owoY2_1hs38
Please see my newspiece below for many more fine details about this show.
National Geographic Channel Examines
the Science of Martial Arts in Fight Science
Los Angeles, CA -- A cast of renowned martial arts masters will meet cutting-edge technology to test the most complex weapon on earth - the human body - in the National Geographic Channel's two-hour documentary, Fight Science.
Fight Science built an extraordinary studio-laboratory to measure and map the impact, range, speed and force of martial arts moves. It proves that the well-trained human body can strike four times faster than a snake; can kick with more than 1,000 pounds of force; and can rival the impact of a 35 mph car crash!
The National Geographic Channel (NGC) brought together a dream team of scientists, motion-capture specialists and CGI (Computer Graphic Illustration) animators, along with a cross-section of champion martial arts masters, to analyze the world's greatest fight techniques. The tests are designed to separate fighting fact from martial arts myth and provide unprecedented insight into martial artist's astounding strengths and capabilities.
The eye-popping special effects in Fight Science was produced by Base Productions, the same team that won an Emmy Award for their 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, Xtreme Martial Arts, starring XMA creator Mike Chat.
For the first time, Fight Science brings together members of the crash-test industry, the sports biomechanics industry and the Hollywood animation industry -- applying their combined expertise and technology to a diverse range of martial arts techniques, including those of karate, kung-fu, jiu-jitsu, tae kwon do, muay thai kickboxing and wushu, among others.
The results reveal the comparative strengths, advantages and limitations of the various martial arts styles. And in a breakthrough combination of technologies, scientists are able to peer inside a fighter's body in real time.
The documentary features a whole cast of notable black belts and is choreographed by my old friend James Lew. The cast includes Rickson Gracie (Brazilian jiu-jitsu), Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee's protg), Alex Huynh (Pan American Games Gold Medalist in Wu Shu), Bren Foster (7-time Australian Taekwondo Champion), Li-Jing (member of the Chinese National Wu Shu Team), Master Toshishiro Obata (katana/sword), and Melchor Manor (Champion Muay Thai fighter).
Fight Science tested and filmed these renowned martial artists, who were hand-picked to represent various disciplines, in a custom-built combination dojo (school), high-tech lab and film studio that took over a year to design and build. With 32 infrared motion-capture cameras, three high-definition cameras and three ultra-high-speed cameras, the studio allowed the crash test and biomechanics scientists to measure and map the speed, force, range and impact of muscles and bones in the fighters_ bodies.
The motion-capture technique, requiring reflective markers applied over the fighters_ entire bodies, allows for sophisticated, real-time, three-dimensional models (seen in films like King Kong, Lord of the Rings and Polar Express). These results are combined with other data to create separate sophisticated animations of the fighters_ bones, muscles and nerves. Fight Science juxtaposes the fighters_ movements with their animated selves for unprecedented insight into exactly how the body generates each move.
Finally, Fight Science asks -- and then answers -- several time-honored questions about the martial arts. "Are the legends about martial arts fighting techniques true?" "Is there such a thing as a death blow?" "How much force does each fighter exert?"
Tune in to the show and find out.