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The Maori versus the Shaolin May 27, 2009

Posted by warriorspath in Uncategorized.
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A couple nights ago I got home from my kung fu class and noticed one of my favorite shows was on. It is called “Deadliest Warrior”. The premise is that they take two historical warriors, compile data about their weapons and fighting techniques and simulate who would win in a battle between them.

I’ve fallowed the show since day one and have loved it right from the beginning. That particular night they pitted the New Zealand Maori Warrior against the Chinese Shaolin Monk. This is of special interest to me as many of the techniques and weapons are derived from Shaolin kung fu.

As often in the show they have two combatants with very different fighting styles and philosophies.

The Maori were a barbaric and cannabalistic group of warrior tribesmen who terrorized the south Pacific. Their weapons were based on nature, using everything from wood, jade sea stone, shark teeth to sting ray spines. They were much larger than the Shaolin and utilized brute force and powerful short range weapons. The Maori’s purpose for fighting was for conquest, power, and glorification of their ancestors.
The Shaolin on the other hand, were a group of Buddhist monks who learned martial arts to defend themselves. The Shaolin in contrary used weapons of forged steel which were much longer in range and more versitile though less deadly than the Maori warrior’s. They also used complex, highly stylized and very fast movements both armed and unarmed. Unlike the Shaolin, they fight purely in self-defense.

I was especially torn between the two combatants, one that was very familiar to me, the Shaolin and the other completely foreign and fascinating, the Maori. Though after the intial wave of tests, the Maori seemed to have the upperhand. However after watching the final battle scene it was the Shaolin who prevailed.

This was due almost exclusively to the Shaolin’s weapon, the hook swords. These weapons were responsible for almost 90% of the Shaolin’s success against the Maori. After a quick glance, it’s not hard to see why. It had blades on nearly every angle, giving it unparalleled utility and flexibility in combat. Also the hooked curve of the blade was used defensively to disarm eny combatants. Further more, perhaps most devestatingly, a master of the hook swords can link the two swords together and swing them in large arcs arond their body. This gives the fighter a massive 6 foot striking radius!

Behold the hook swords!

The hook swords in ready position

The hook swords in ready position

The hook swords on display

The hook swords on display

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