Deadliest Warrior (2009): S01E07 – Shaolin Mons vs. Maori Warrior


Deadliest Warrior is a 2009 documentary series in which the great warriors of history are examined for fantasy combat simulations.


One fights for perfection; the other to honour his ancestors. A Shoalin Monk – the ultimate pacifist killing machine from China versus a Maori – fierce, bone-crushing warrior from New Zealand. Steel whips, metal spikes and wickedly versatile hooks versus wood, shark teeth, stingray spines and stone. The hardest weapon on the battlefield is not made of steel.

  • Shaolin Monk team: Eric Chen (Kung Fu Master/Historian), Wang Wei (Wushu National Champion), Alfred Hsing (Chinese Weapons Expert)
    Shaolin Monk weapons: Emei Piercers, Staff, Twin Hooks, Whip Chain
    Shaolin Monk armour: None
  • Shaolin Monk statistics: Height: 5 feet, 7 inches Weight: 145 lbs Gear Weight: 5 lbs
  • Maori Warrior team: Seamus Fitzgerald (Maori Weapons Historian), Jared Wihongi (Special Forces Instructor), Sala Baker (Maori Weapons Specialist)
    Maori Warrior weapons: Mere, Taiaha, Stingray Spear, Shark Tooth Club
    Maori Warrior armour: None
  • Maori Warrior statistics: Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Weight: 180 lbs Gear Weight: 8 lbs
  • For the short range match up, the emei piercers were tested against the mere club. The emei piercers showed amazing speed, accuracy, and killing potential as Alfred turned a gel torso’s head inside out with repeated stabs (four kill shots in roughly as many seconds). The mere club annihilated a bull skull (which is two times thicker than a human skull) with ease. Dr. Dorian claimed that the strike (which took off the frontal portion of the bull skull) was analogous to a mid-face fracture. The experts of the Maori wanted to prove that the mere was stronger than steel, so they set up a test. Sala tried to smash through a row of bricks with a steel knife and managed to smash through one, but the Mere smashed through three, giving it the edge.
  • For the first mid-range weapon match up, the twin hooks were put up against the stingray spear. The twin hooks went up first, managing to cut up a pig carcass and cutting cleanly through the ribs. Putting both swords together doubled the weapon’s range, a feature it demonstrated while cutting through a gel torso’s abdomen to the liver, leaving a deep, geometrically aligned wound which effectively destroyed the abdomen’s vital organs. The stingray spear stabbed its opponent, lodging the ends of the spear into the gel torso’s abdomen. As this was judged to not be a kill shot, Sala Baker re-aimed with a new stingray spear for the region just below the ribcage. This time, he managed to inflict a kill shot, striking vital organs and possibly striking the spinal cord. The stingray spear caused severe damage, but not as much as the twin hooks, and the twin hooks were given the edge for this and re-usability, as the stingray spear was deemed a “one shot” weapon.
  • Next the taiaha was tested against the staff. Although the staff managed to take out clay pots with amazing speed and precision (four pots in 2.643 seconds), the taiaha showed more strength by taking out two cow spines (which are three times thicker than a human spine). Earlier, the taiaha was also tested against a pressure sensor, generating over 200 psi of force. The fact that the staff was used more as a defensive weapon was a determining factor in the tests, and the taiaha was given the edge for being designed to kill its target.
  • In special weapons, the whip chain was tested against the shark tooth club. Although the whip chain showed a lot of killing potential and sharp precision (destroying five glass orbs in two strikes), the shark tooth club was able to not only cut its leg of beef, but kept cutting when the teeth broke off inside the target. The Shark Tooth Club was given the edge.
  • The Maori Warrior was the first of only three warriors to receive the edge in 3 out of 4 tests (the others being the SWAT team and Vlad the Impaler). The Māori Warrior is also the only warrior so far to lose the match despite having the edge in 3 out of 4 tests.
  • This is the first episode which does not feature a long range weapons category, as well as the only ancient match in which neither warrior has any kind of projectile, armour, or shield.
  • Despite not being tested, the Shaolin Monk’s meteor hammer was used in the final battle.
  • The Shaolin Monk is one of six warriors with no battle cry at the end of the battle.
  • Out of the first two seasons the twin hooks got the most kills, and is the first weapon of the original format that had enough kills to grant the warrior the win alone.
  • The Shaolin Monk is the first of two warriors with at least one metal weapon to triumph over a warrior who has none.
  • According to the listed statistics, the Maori Warrior had a size advantage of 2 inches and 35 lbs, with gear that is only 3 pounds heavier. The Shaolin Monk had the lightest gear of any warrior featured in Season 1.

Re-enactment 7

The battle begins with the Shaolin Monk training in a field when he hears someone making loud noises. He investigates and finds the Maori warrior performing his “Ka Mate” haka. The Shaolin monk watches as the Maori dances in front of him. The Maori then sticks his tongue out at him, which means that he is going to eat him. The Shaolin monk slowly walks up to the Maori, which prompts him to raise his stingray spear in defense. The Monk calmly bows to him, but the Maori only responds by charging at him and wildly swinging his spear. The monk swiftly moves and does backflips to dodge the Māori’s spear. The Māori sticks his tongue out at the Shaolin again, but the monk remains calm as he pulls out a meteor hammer and begins to swing it around. He tries to bend it around his leg and strike the Māori, but the stingray spear intercepts the blow. The Māori prepares to swing the stingray spear again, but the Shaolin swings the meteor hammer and wraps it around the spear. The two pull on the rope to gain control of the spear. The Māori then angrily throws the spear, causing the monk to fall back. The monk quickly backflips to keep his balance and remain standing. He makes a run for the trees, forcing the Māori to give chase. The Shaolin finds his twin hooks and staff behind a tree and picks them up before resuming his escape. He eventually stops and turns to fight the Māori, who is now armed with his taiaha. He quickly pulls out his whip chain and begins to swing it at the Māori. The Māori blocks the blows before the Shaolin charges at him and swings fiercely. The Māori jumps out of the way and watches the monk drop to the floor. He tries to close in with his taiaha, but the monk swings his whip chain above him and keeps the Māori at bay. Eventually, he bounces his body into the air briefly and swings the chain under him. He wraps it around the Māori’s taiaha and pulls at it. The Māori manages to hold on to his weapon, but the distraction allows the monk to get back up. The Māori thrusts his taiaha, but the monk easily slides under it and runs to his staff and twin hooks. The Māori runs after the monk, chasing him to a more open field. Eventually, the Shaolin throws his twin hooks to the ground and springs into a fighting stance with his staff. The Māori watches as the Shaolin begins to twirl his staff around. The two begin to swing their weapon at the other, continuously blocking each other’s blows. Eventually, the taiaha breaks the Shaolin’s staff. The monk slowly backs up, and the Māori begins to fiercely attack him. The monk tries to dodge the taiaha, but eventually gets hit. The Māori tries to sweep the Shaolin off his feet, but the monk flips into the air and avoids the blow. The monk picks up his twin hooks, and readies himself as the Māori tries to attack again. He effortlessly blocks the taiaha before hooking it and pulling it from the Māori’s hands. The Māori tries to come at him, but the monk links the twin hooks together and swings them, cutting into the Māori’s stomach. The Māori becomes infuriated and charges at the Shaolin, sending him to the ground. The Shaolin kicks him away and quickly jumps back up. The monk pulls out his emei piercers, and the Māori grabs his shark tooth and mere clubs. The Māori frantically swings at the Monk, who grabs his arm and pulls the mere club from his hand. The Māori swings his shark tooth club and hits the monk. The monk quickly spins one of his emei piercers, distracting the Māori for a second and allowing the monk to punch him in the gut. The monk tries to stab the Māori, but is blocked by the shark tooth club. He spins around and elbows the Māori, causing him to flinch. The monk then grabs both of his emei piercers and stabs him in both the neck and temple. He pulls out his piercers and watches the Māori fall to the ground. The monk bows his head in respect for the dead Māori warrior.

Winner: Shaolin Monk.

Deadliest Warrior Series

You can find a full index and overview of Deadliest Warrior here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 19 May 2009.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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