A revolutionary, new combat sport and entertainment experience, Unified Weapons Master® combines cutting-edge technology with traditional martials arts weapons to allow real, weapons-based combat in a dynamic and highly entertaining format.

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Our customised, intelligent armour and scoring system calculates the force and location of strikes to the fighters in real time enabling full-contact combat with extreme levels of protection. This means that for the first time ever, weapons-based martial arts experts from throughout the globe can compete against one another to determine who is the Unified Weapons Master®.

UWM History

The Technology

We have developed and patented an ‘intelligent’ armour and scoring system featuring advanced levels of safety and protection. Software measures the force and location of strikes to the armour from real weapons, kicks and punches, and processes a score in real time based on the damage that would have occurred to an unprotected fighter’s body.

Extra Features

Helmet cam technology allows viewers to experience combat from the fighter’s perspective for the first time ever, and inbuilt microphones allow viewers to hear the sounds of real combat and communication between fighters and their coaches.

The suits will also incorporate biometric data capabilities including the ability to measure fighters’ heart-rates and body temperature.

The Scoring System

The scoring system is based on a proprietary software algorithm that draws from fracture profile and body injury data researched and developed by UWM’s medical specialist. The data correlates to specific damage to the respective part of the fighter’s body, which is calculated and displayed during the fight. As a fighter sustains more damage, changes to his ‘life-force’ are displayed on the scoring screen.  Our production suits will use LED lighting embedded in the armour, that changes colour based on the damage occurring, until the point-of-death or knock-out occurs. Should neither of these scenarios occur within the designated rounds, the scoring system will calculate the real damage to the competitor had they not been wearing armour, and the competitor with the least damage will be the winner.

UWM History

Weapons-based martial arts have been practised globally for thousands of years, with deep ties to each country’s culture.  While there are approximately 96 weapons-based martial arts currently being practised, there is no single forum where practitioners can match their skills against masters of other arts and determine objectively who would have won the fight in a real situation.

One of UWM’s founders, Justin Forsell first had the idea for a global competition in 1998 while training Krabi Krabong at the Buddhai Swan Sword Fencing Institute in Bangkok. The Institute’s founder Por Kru had established the Institute to pass on the art of Krabi Krabong to his students, as it had been handed down to him. Justin thought about the variety of weapons-based martial arts being practised around the world and envisaged a forum where they could be preserved, enriched and showcased for future generations.

Many of the arts that UWM showcases have evolved from Asia.  Japan alone has around 22 different weapons-based systems. In Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East there is an incredible history and national pride associated with these arts.  There is also a large number of Historical European Martial Artists (HEMA) practicing around the world today.  UWM will combine these ancient arts into a single, compelling competition to determine who is the Unified Weapons Master® (Weapons Martial Arts World Champion).

The UWM Team

Executive Team and Founders

The founding team of David Pysden, Justin Forsell and Samantha English has 60 years combined business experience in a range of industries including technology, telecommunications and defence. Key skillsets include marketing, advertising, legal and regulatory experience gained working for multinational corporations in Australia, Europe and Asia. The team members have all held senior management positions for a range of organisations, and have extensive event management experience, and two of them also hold MBAs.

The team has over 43 years combined experience in a variety of full-contact, semi-contact and weapons-based martial arts including training, competition and running clubs.

Product Development Team

UWM has a dedicated team of highly experienced professionals that has integrated the various components of the physical armour, software and force measurement technology.

The team is coordinated by our operational head who has 18 years experience in film and TV as a technical consultant, art director, operations and project manager.  He has also worked for a creative effects company with a focus on electronics, motor-sport components, prototype construction and development of new technologies.

The armour development team consists of several highly experienced specialist armourers, prop makers and mould makers with over 72 years combined experience manufacturing armour and weapons, including work on a number of Oscar-winning movies.

On the technology side, our specialist head engineer has 23 years of software programming and interface design. He has a wealth of force measurement experience, including design of patented force measurement, shock and pressure sensing technologies, and is also skilled in prototype design.

Combat Development Team

Our combat development team comprises several highly experienced martial artists who have trained in a variety of disciplines throughout the world. Each team member has decades of practice in their chosen disciplines. Our lead expert, John Russell has over 30 years of weapons-based martial arts experience with particular emphasis on full-contact applications.

Medical and Biomechanical Team

Our medical specialist is a qualified medical doctor with extensive business experience, including an MBA.  He has developed UWM’s anatomical fracture profile and body injury data using a range of published and non-published medical journal research papers and material.