I agree with what CatBarf put up. I also don't think they are going to account for infection spread via the blood splattering everywhere (think 28 Days Later) that some of the maneuvers might cause.
They actually say that infection is one of the things they specifically work around. Which is part of what piqued my interest.
I'm a long-time fighter, but so much of it is punches and kicks and pain. I think it'd be neat to see how somebody effectively avoids the head/teeth, works around splatter and gore, and doesn't do anything based on pain.
Post Merge: September 07, 2012, 12:56:59 PM
I sent them an email yesterday about the project. I made some general comments about what I've seen in terms of techniques and asked about the myers bar. Here's their response.
Hey, Jack. Thanks for writing in.
You're absolutely right in your assessment; there is a lot of judo and aikido in Gekisai Akuma. That's because those arts excel at putting people on the ground with a minimal amount of effort and using only biomechanics (rather than pain or damage). There are also elements of Lung Shao Kung Fu, Muai Thai, MCMAP, Krav Maga, and a number of other systems.
Basically, the art evolved by a group of us imagining the different ways a zombie can attack, then addressing each one using a combination of skills from our assorted knowledge base. But, there's only so many ways to put a (undead) human being on the ground, so you'll see a lot that looks familiar.
The biggest difference, however, is what we don't do: we only make contact with the head when it's absolutely necessary, we ensure contact minimizes exposure to the virus, and we don't execute any techniques that rely on pain to be successful.
As for the Myers bar, it is our version of the ultimate zombie apocalypse e-tool; having both utility and combat elements. It's essentially an over-sized tomahawk optimized for killing corpses, that includes essentials for breaching and performing utility duties.
We've been waiting for the final, polished version to come back from our smith before we post pictures (because our mock-ups are ugly. Functional, but ugly.), but we've been offering to send schematics and pictures of prototypes to people looking to buy-in at the Legendary level.
Holler if you have any other questions.