Banahaw - Kali Stick Fighting

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Episode 3 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

Series in which five athletic adventurers from the west compete for glory against tribal champions in some of the remotest corners of the globe, with the ultimate aim of being crowned the last woman standing. They have just a week to master an indigenous sport, training and rituals whilst eating and sleeping as their fellow competitors do.

In the third programme, the athletes take on a Filipino fighting system during what becomes the harshest week of their lives. Our women must live in a remote martial arts training camp, under the strict tutelage of the Kali Master Rommel. The Pekiti Tirsia Kali fighting system can be applied to any weapon from knives to sticks and even bare hands, but it is the metre-long stick that the Brits will be battling with.

According to Kali tradition, in order to fight well the athletes must be trained to endure extreme pain, so they begin the week with an uncompromising series of endurance trials. They must prove that they have the strength and will to fight even after they are exhausted and will be subjected to the most demanding regime imaginable. They will need all the help they can get as they prepare to face Master Rommel's best students, elite female commandos, in the final knockout contest.

  • FIGHT PRACTISE

    FIGHT PRACTISE

    Lesley and Natalie practise Kali stick fighting under Master Rommell's supervision.

  • INITIATION CEREMONY

    INITIATION CEREMONY

    Alex and Joni after the chicken blood sacrifice at the Kali initiation ceremony.

  • THE EXPERTS

    THE EXPERTS

    Master Rommell and his team of Filipino Commandos. Will our athletes be good enough to fight them after just one week of training?

  • BLACK & BLUE

    BLACK & BLUE

    Natalie takes a beating during the final.

  • MORE INJURY...

    MORE INJURY...

    Anna and Joni's blistered hands after their first day of training.

Credits

Participant
Lesley Sackey
Participant
Anna Campbell
Participant
Alexandra Alam
Participant
Joni Swanston
Participant
Natalie Smith
Director
Jay Taylor
Producer
Sophie Todd
Executive Producer
Gary Hunter

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