SYDNEY, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The development of highly advanced, intelligent body armour that can withstand kill shots from some of the world's best fighters will soon make full-contact, weapons-based martial arts combat a reality.
The armour and supporting technology have been developed by Chiron Global, an Australian-based company that has spent the past four years developing, building, and patenting the technology solution. The solution features in-built sensors, and sophisticated software, that can calculate and display the actual damage a strike would have caused to the body if it was unprotected, in real-time.
A team of highly experienced engineers, technology experts, and product designers, including a former armour developer for films including 'The Lord of the Rings', designed and built the intelligent armour which provides martial artists with high levels of protection from weapon strikes. The armour has already been tested by a number of highly respected martial arts experts including "The Arch Angel," Sone Vannathy, World Muay Thai Champion.
"Going up against a competitor wearing the armour, I can strike them to the best of my ability without fear of causing serious injury. The experience is unlike any other, but it still feels good to hit," said Vannathy.
The technology will pave the way for a new global sport, Unified Weapons Master® (UWM®) that pits the world's best weapons martial artists against each other.
"UWM's vision is to create a large-scale sport and entertainment experience where martial artists from different disciplines can compete against each other with real weapons, with an objective measure of who would have won in a real combat situation," said David Pysden, UWM CEO.
"We believe this new sport has the potential to generate similar levels of interest as MMA by unifying the weapons-based martial arts community, and bringing ancient weapons arts to the global stage."
Armour and Technology
The UWM armour features state-of-the-art technology that objectively measures the specific location and force of strikes to a competitor's suit of armour. Using medical research (including fracture profiling), software calculates and represents the actual damage that would have occurred to an unprotected competitor. It then processes a result much like a video game, but based on real, full-contact martial arts weapons combat, all in real-time. The armour has been designed to withstand high-impact strikes from real (but blunt) martial arts weapons.
UWM intends to begin its first live events later this year. Fans wanting access to UWM event tickets can sign up to a UWM Gladiator membership via the website. Members will receive a number of benefits including advanced access to exclusive behind the scenes content and information; priority access to tickets for UWM live events; exclusive access to membership only events and limited edition merchandise.
Source: Chiron Global