Kung fu is studied during a trip to China, where mid-air kicks are practiced at a film studio; techniques used by police officers are examined; and the Shaolin temple where monks are trained is visited.
The fighting skills of the United States Marine Corps are studied at Quantico, Va. Included: a history of the Marine tactics in battles in World Wars I and II and in Afghanistan. Also: shallow-water sparring.
A trip to Athens, Greece, to explore one of the oldest martial arts, pankration, a sport in the ancient Olympic games that combines boxing and wresting, and has only two rules: no biting or eye gouging.
Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff explore the techniques and history behind the Japanese martial art of judo. Included: trips through Tokyo and Kyoto; training with police; the mountaintop lair of a legendary master descended from a 400-year-old line of samurai.