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  • - Hello. I'm Gav. - I'm chilly.

  • You look chilly. Welcome to "Planet Slo Mo."

  • Today we're in a very chilly Seoul, South Korea.

  • I feel like in the past, Dan, we've filmed a lot of very impressive animals

  • doing very impressive things in slo-mo.

  • You know what else is impressive, though?

  • - Go on. - Humans.

  • - I mean, not us, though. Specifically not us. - Humans that aren't us.

  • - Yeah. - That's correct.

  • We're here to film the Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team.

  • Taekwondo-- invented in Korea,

  • so by now they're pretty good at it.

  • - They've had enough time to get expert on it. - Yeah, I think so.

  • I've seen the clips of this demonstration team on YouTube, and it is nuts.

  • The amount of height they can get-- I can't wait to see it.

  • I think we should go and get into the arena,

  • set up the Phantom, film some crazy stuff.

  • - I'm up for it. - All right. Let's go.

  • ( shouting )

  • So here we are in the taekwondo arena.

  • There's some audience seating and stuff.

  • However, this light is completely unsuitable for shooting high-speed.

  • It's actually very dim on the Phantom camera,

  • and it flickers like crazy.

  • So we went a little bit mental with the lights,

  • and we've got a bunch of 18Ks.

  • We've got all these Dinos at the back

  • that should look really cool.

  • So why don't we bring up the lights?

  • This is a grand total-- it's going to be a grand total

  • of over 145,000 watts of light.

  • Like, back in the day, when you used to have the incandescent bulbs,

  • you'd be like, "Oof. Got a 40-watter there."

  • - Ooh, yeah. - "Ooh, a 100-watt bulb? Are you kidding?"

  • - One of these is 18,000 watts. - I can already feel the heat.

  • It takes awhile to get up to strength.

  • I think we're on-- well on the way.

  • Probably get maybe a 2-8, 1,000 frames a second?

  • - Yeah. - It should be lovely.

  • Gav: Okay, I think we're ready to bring out the team,

  • film some kicking and flying through the air and that.

  • - Can't wait. - All right. Let's do it.

  • Okay, so we're at 1,000 frames a second.

  • We can only record for five seconds,

  • so I think we'll get the tail end of it,

  • and this move is going to be just a bunch of roundhouses.

  • - Okay. - It should be good.

  • - Sounds good. - All right, let's do it.

  • ( shouting )

  • - Whoa. - ( shouting )

  • ( gasps )

  • I mean, they just destroyed the equivalent

  • of what's probably a kitchen table with their feet

  • in about five seconds there.

  • - That was kind of scary. - Look at this.

  • Dan: Flip.

  • Gav: It's, like, heel-- like, ball.

  • Dan: You see the powder from the wood just get smashed?

  • Gav: Just sailing off into the distance.

  • Dan: Absolutely annihilated that piece of wood with his heel.

  • Gav: There's just splinters everywhere.

  • Dan: That would really hurt.

  • Gav: I feel like that would bloody hurt.

  • Dan: Just smashing...

  • Gav: Then it hits his hand.

  • He actually kicked the one from before.

  • Dan: It was still the air from the previous kick.

  • That's how quick it is.

  • Yeah, that looks nice when the wood bursts

  • with the backlight, that sawdust.

  • I wonder how many trees they've gone through?

  • Gav: And then big old final kick.

  • Dan: You got to remember, they've just kicked,

  • like, six pieces of wood,

  • and then that one's higher than the other guy's head.

  • A double spin.

  • Gav: Look at the levels of adjustment there.

  • Bloody epic.

  • Dan: That is impressive.

  • Have you ever jumped and kicked three things before landing?

  • Uh, no, I've mostly kicked

  • one thing, I think, but never three.

  • - We're about to learn how it's done. - All right.

  • ( shouting )

  • ( shouts )

  • I love the look to camera there, as well, afterwards.

  • That was great.

  • Gav: I feel like you would do that,

  • and you'd hurt the foot.

  • Dan: Man, that's so close to his face.

  • Look at curled and straight her feet are as she's in the air here.

  • Gav: It looks like, you know when you see in films

  • that people are on wires just sailing through the air

  • kicking through-- it looks like that.

  • Just walking through the air. It's like someone's swimming.

  • Dan: It is. It's like there's a set of stairs there.

  • Gav: Making use of each foot.

  • "I kicked with that leg. I'll kick with this now."

  • Dan: Oh, one after the other.

  • And the last one, she's on her way down.

  • - Gav: Oh! - Dan: Bang.

  • Gav: Look at that. Right in front of his face.

  • Dan: I wonder how many times they've been hit

  • in the face with that thing.

  • I think it's time we move on to some aerial stuff.

  • Wasn't that aerial? She was in the air, kicked three boards.

  • She was in the air, but she wasn't in the air.

  • Yeah? All right. Okay.

  • I'm talking humans taking flight.

  • I'm intrigued. I'm intrigued.

  • - Yeah. All right. - ( shouting )

  • Look at the braced positions.

  • Whoa!

  • Got some air.

  • Wood went, like, 40 feet in the air there.

  • It's an absolute hazard.

  • They got showered in wood.

  • Yeah, look. You see the spring-loaded procedure here.

  • Gav: There's two people being springboards.

  • He's being supported by the guy behind.

  • Dan: I think the second guy is just to support the bar.

  • Whereas the front person is doing a power squat

  • - to shove them into the air. - Gav: Yeah.

  • What an amazing sight.

  • Dan: Got some serious air there.

  • Gav: Oh!

  • - Dan: That is madness. - What?

  • Dan: It looks like they're in zero G right now.

  • They could be in space.

  • This guy here looks like an astronaut

  • just in the space station, just chilling out.

  • Gav: Look at that.

  • Dan: Look at all the powder and the sawdust

  • coming out from the wood there.

  • Gav: That is so impressive.

  • That's like someone's house exploded and the roof blew off.

  • Just raining pieces and people and wood.

  • - Dan: That's wicked. - Okay, so this one,

  • - four paddles. - Yeah?

  • Three on the way up, and for good measure,

  • - one on the way down. - Well, that's just greedy, for a start.

  • He's going to get three in mid-air, and then get one on the way down?

  • Three up, and then at the apex, he's like, "I need one more."

  • Just one day he was like, "I can get four here. I can do that."

  • All right. Looks like they're ready.

  • ( shouting )

  • - Dan: Whoa! - ( shouts )

  • Flippin-A'.

  • - God. - GoPro's still in one piece.

  • Four pieces of wood separated by about 12 feet,

  • just smashed in about less than a second.

  • Gav: So he bashes it with his hand.

  • Dan: Bang.

  • Gav: That one gets the left foot.

  • - Dan: Two. - That one gets the right.

  • Dan: Oh! That one's annihilated.

  • He's in mid-air doing a weird half-flip twist.

  • And then he's like, "All right, I got to hit this now."

  • Oh, he's hit the metal there as well.

  • Gav: That's got to have been slightly painful.

  • Dan: That is savage.

  • I like how he absolutely started out like,

  • "Ow. But I'm not going to show any pain here."

  • All right, this one, Dan, it's a backflip with all the kicks in the world.

  • He's going to kick all the way around.

  • That's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

  • Last time it was four, and I thought that was greedy.

  • - Now this is eight. - ( shouting )

  • Yeah, he's got this.

  • He'll run up.

  • - Oh, yes! - ( shouting )

  • - That was awesome. - Did you hear it?

  • He nailed it. It was so satisfying.

  • - It was over in a second. - Done.