Deadliest Warrior Season 3 Idea-Aborigine vs. Hawaiin Koa

August 5, 2010

It seems I'm getting better at these. Well, this is a truly unforgettable matchup that many people want to see, so let's see it! First, some background. The Koa Warriors of Hawaii were trained in the martial art of lua. The practice was so sacred that it was performed at night, to prevent prying eyes from learning the technique. The martial art contained a form of dance. Before battle, the Hawaiins would do a dance to decieve enemies, and then strike. Koa had differents focuses, but it was an all around dance style fighting with a balance of punching, wrestling, kicking, and bone breaking.

The Australian tribal warriors had great defence over what was theirs and sacred. They also had a belief in a parallel universe that you enter while you dream(Inception, anyone?). Many of the indigenous Australians also fought in the World Wars. The Aborigines had a love for the arts, and were very creative people. Their weapons showed the same ingenuiety.

First up is the Aborigine's hunting boomerang. They used this when they wanted to take down an animal or person. It could effectively injure a large animal, and as it flew low it the ground, temporarily paralyse the target.

These boomerangs were not the boomers that flew back at you when you threw them, however. Those were used for recreation and luring game birds into traps. But in Australia, the non-returning boomerang was a mulit-purpose tool. It could be used as a hand to hand weapon, a musical instrument, a fire starter, a digging tool and could get lizards and ants out of their burrows. Phew! Tribal boomerangs have an intricate design, which has deep significance to the maker of the device. The non-returning nature gave the boomerangs added weight, size, spin, and distance.

The Aussies also had a spear as one of their weapons. Here, it is difficult to see the top's design, but I advise that you take a closer look at:

If you look closely, you will notice that there are barbs on the spear. The barbs on the spear make it near impossible for an enemy to remove when it is lodged into them, except by pushing it further through them.

Remember the Maori shark tooth club? Well here's something really cool. The Aborigine had a shark-tooth sword!


Wait, what? Yes, that's right. The teeth secured onto the sword get more power coming into you with a long swing thanks to the sword shape of these awesome weapons.

To lauch darts to a very far distance, the Aborigines used a spear thrower that they liked to call the Woomera.

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This atlatl launches spears around two or three times a normal human's capability. The usage of levers was like an arm extension to the Aboriginal warriors who used this tool.

Next, there are the Hawaiin Koa. They were also warriors of the Pacific who would frequently fight among themselves. One of the coolest weapons that they had was a tripping weapon called the pikoi.

The pikoi, or Hawaiin tripping cord, was a unique weapon. The beauty in it was that there was nothing like it in any other culture. The Koa used this weapon by wrapping it around someome's legs and tripping them. With their opponent off balance and immobile, they could go in for the kill.

As a mid-ranged weapon, the Koa warriors used a spear called the Pololu. It could be up to six feet long.

It was adorned with shark's teeth. These Polynesian warrior used the sharpest teeth they could get their hands on, and used them to adorn many of their weapons. The weapons were also made out of very dense wood.

They had so many awesome weapons, but of all the ones to choose from, they also had the multifunctional strangulation cord. It could be used to block an attack, catch a weapon, whip an enemy, or strangle an opponent.


This weapon was called the Ka'ane.

Finally, after a lot of thought, I've decided for their final weapon to be the Lei o' Mano (Shark toothed weapon) throwing axe.

This was a good weapon to have with you if the enemy was unreachable. If need be, it could also be a melee weapon.

In terms of armour, the Aborigines have a large shield that covers a large portion of their body.

On the other hand, the Koa had woven mats of cocunut fibre covering their bodies, and a helmet called the makini, which was made of a gourd.

The picture of the Koa using the tripping weapon above should give you a good visual of what their armour looked like. Now, Aborigines are awesome. But they don't stand much of a chance against the Koa, who are highly trained in martial arts. Their only hope is that they can penetrate Koa armour without having their shield penetrated as well.


 This battle takes place in a location where the terrain is so bizarre and specific, only pictures can describe it. It is Oudebaaskraal dam.


 In real life, it is a South African national park. The fight begins with the Aborigine and the Koa facing each other, the Aborigine on the very top of the square mound and the Koa warrior on the island. With great force, the Aborigine throws his hunting boomerang into the Koa. It goes exceedingly fast, but the Koa warrior catches it a throws it back at the Aborigine. The indigenous Australian ducks to get out of its trajectory. The Aborigine then descends a few “floors” lower where he uses his woomera to launch a dart at the Hawaiian warrior. The Koa snatches it out of the air and snaps it in half with his bare hands. In his triumph, he doesn’t realise that another dart has been launched, hitting a few inches to the left of the center of his gourd helmet.

 The Koa plucked the tiny spear out of his makini while the Aborigine launched another dart, one that the Koa warrior sidestepped. The Koa throws a shark tooth axe at his target but it is stopped by his opponent’s shield. The Aborigine then chases the Koa until they reach a waterfall. The Koa hides behind a thick veil of water, waiting until the Aussie warrior descends. Once the Aborigine jumps, the Koa unleashes his spear, but it is blocked by the shield which was resting on the Australian's back. The Pololu drops to the ground, but the Koa doesn’t dare retrieve it, lest he is seen. The Aborigine dodges his head from side to side, trying to find the invisible warrior. He then reasons that his adversary is behind the layer of water. With that, he throws his spear into the waterfall, expecting a yelp of pain. Hearing none, he inches towards the water curtain.

 In the meantime, the Koa warrior starts picking up momentum with his pikoi. The tripping cord successfully snags across his opponent’s legs, wrapping snugly around them. The Aborigine falls flat on his face, embarrassed, and his shield flies a distance away. Quick to recover, he picks up his shark tooth sword and strikes his rival with it, cutting him up some. He then goes for another swing but is stopped by the Ka’ane. It catches the weapon and throws it out of the way. He then performs some lua on his enemy and bruises his opponent. The Aborigine runs while the Koa pursues, mocking him by whipping him with the strangulation cord. The Aborigine tries to kick back while running, only to have his leg caught and fall nose first into the dirt again. He picks up the pace quickly, trying to grab another spear lodged in the dirt only a few yards away from him, the Koa now chasing with the ferocity of a lion.

 The Koa makes a noble jump and lands his cord around the Aborigine’s throat, choking him with it. The Aborigine tries with much effort to reach the spear that is in front of his face when he feels a shark tooth spear strike his back. It went through him. The Koa warrior then retracts and spins the bloody spear around in victory, and hurries off.


Analysis: It seemed like the Koa would win at first, with their martial arts and ferocious weapons. However, the Aborigine shield I realized, had been underestimated. Nonetheless, all of the other Koa attributes helped him win, such as having weapons meant to disarm a person. That and having the ability to catch projectiles out of the air lessened the effectiveness of the Aborigine’s darts, boomerang, and perhaps even his spear, making him the deadlier Pacific warrior.