Global guide to kick­ing butt

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - SARAH NI­CHOL­SON

WHEN Doug An­der­son and Jimmy Smith were of­fered the job of host­ing Fight Quest, they knew they’d be spend­ing gru­elling hours on the road.

What they didn’t ex­pect was that the ex­pe­ri­ence of learn­ing about dif­fer­ent fight­ing styles, in many parts of the world, would have such an im­pact on their own mar­tial-arts tech­niques.

But af­ter spend­ing time in Brazil, China, the Philip­pines, In­done­sia, Is­rael, Mex­ico and Ja­pan, An­der­son and Smith have a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of fight­ing tech­niques.

‘‘As a fighter, it’s opened me up to a lot of dif­fer­ent an­gles and tech­niques that I wouldn’t have been ex­posed to be­fore,’’ Smith says. ‘‘But more than that, it’s opened my eyes to rea­sons peo­ple do mar­tial arts. It is so tied to the cul­ture and the phi­los­o­phy and the spir­i­tu­al­ity of th­ese peo­ple.’’

An­der­son says as well as learn­ing the dif­fer­ent tech­niques, the ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing Fight Quest also taught him how to get past feel­ing fear when he’s fight­ing.

‘‘I re­ally, hon­estly, don’t have much fear any more,’’ he says.

‘‘One of the big­gest weak­nesses, or the big­gest frail­ties that a fighter can have, is to go into a fight and not feel con­fi­dent, or to feel un­sure or afraid, be­cause fear paral­y­ses you. Fear takes away your abil­ity to do what you know how to do.’’

Fight Quest fol­lows the pair as they travel the globe learn­ing dif­fer­ent forms of hand-to-hand com­bat. Some­times they will be dis­cov­er­ing an an­cient art, other episodes will fo­cus on street fight­ing, but ev­ery in­stal­ment will see them face off against a lo­cal.

Smith says it was dif­fi­cult to learn the in­tri­ca­cies of each style in the week it took to make an episode, but he felt if he could pick up a cou­ple of moves he would stand up well in the fight.

‘‘When you learn th­ese styles, if you could pick up one or two tech­niques, you’re OK,’’ he says.

Spar­ring part­ners: Fight Quest’s Jimmy Smith (left) and Doug An­der­son.

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