Global guide to kicking butt
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.