Military History Blog of “Deadliest Warrior’s” Barry Jacobsen

I am former Green Beret who has worked on television and film projects as a historical advisor, stunt choreographer, actor, and historical commentator and advisor.  My passion is warrriors, weapons, and all aspects of military history.

I was an Associate Producer and Historical Advisor on the television show, “The Deadliest Warrior”.

26 Responses to Military History Blog of “Deadliest Warrior’s” Barry Jacobsen

  1. Tara says:

    Great information. You saved my life on a report due tomorrow. The prof checks wikapedia but not your blogs (at least yet). Thanks for all the detail. I always thought Roman Britain was more primitive. Can’t wait to get to more specifics about Arthur.
    Also is that you in the Spartan gear? Not sure if the other ladies agree but I think you look so cool and hunky.

  2. Ryan says:

    I have meet you and was delighted in not only your insight into the mind of the historical warrior but inspired by your zeal to educate .

  3. Prithvi says:

    Wow, the level of detail is on the Arthurian posts is pretty outstanding. I’m really interested in the period of the later empire and I can tell you’ve really drawn on a diversity of sources that is amazing…the Alans, the pseudocomitatenses, Riothamus/Ambrosius, you’re really good at synthesizing these loose threads and putting them together in a solid narrative!

    • barrycjacobsen says:

      Thank you, Prithvi, for those remarks. Please forward the link to this to your friends and associates who might enjoy it!

  4. Found this blog tonight doing some research on early Britain. I like the layout of your blog…lots of good information that I can follow up on.
    -The Prof
    Edwin Weatherby III

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  6. Forken says:

    Pardon my English, but very good info. more than anything by the Spartans, my favorite warriors :D

    Hahahaha and very good vicotoria about Ninjas

    Greetings from Argentina :)

  7. Keith Fields says:

    I’m pissed, no season 4!

    I do admit the show was getting hokey. Some of the match ups were not valid. Ninjas and Apaches sneaking up on Gladiators and Spartans(I believe it was a Spartan). I felt the show should have been about head to head combats or if sneak was involved only have had the competition between stealth warriors, Apache, Ninja, Green Beret….

    Regardless, I miss the show.

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  9. David says:

    Mr. Jacobsen,

    I really enjoyed your role on the Deadliest Warrior. I am a bit of a work out junkie and have done the 300 workout (the workout developed to get the actors portraying the Spartans into outstanding shape). It is an excellent workout however I thought why do a workout developed by a guy in 2004 if I could replicate the combat training conducted by the Spartans. Do you know a good resource for finding information on how the Spartan’s trained with their shield and weapons……if you have time.

    Thank you Sir, and thank you for your service!


    • barrycjacobsen says:

      I wish I could help; but the Spartans didn’t leave many clues. In Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”, a Spartan women is asked by her Athenian and Theban counterparts what she does to develop and maintain her goddess-like figure. She says she exercises, by leaping up into the air and kicking her heals into her buttocks; making both thigh and butt firm and shapely.

      Spartan youths were enrolled into the Agoge (the youth training program) at age 8. They lived off the land, sleeping outdoors on the hard ground year-round. I would assume that they practiced the same gym routine all Greek males practiced: running, leaping, wrestling, possibly pankration, and discus and javelin throwing. They also danced: the Spartans LOVED music and danced more than any people in Greece. They specialized in close-order choral dances; as these taught footwork and balance, and team work. All of which were essential in phalanx warfare.

      Here is an episode from the tv series, Human Weapon; within which you will find a piece on the Greek Army’s recreation of the physical fitness routine of ancient Greek warriors.

  10. David says:

    Hi Mr. Jacobsen,

    Thanks for the info I have to say I was very surprised to read your post that the Spartans loved to sing and dance. I would have never guessed that would be a Spartan past time.

    Thanks again,


  11. kevin says:

    Interesting stuff.
    Would your readers be interested in hearing about this game about feudal struggle and diplomacy?

  12. Hi Barry,

    Wondering if I could get your contact info so we could chat for a few minutes on a project our company is working on.

    -Jonathan Miltimore
    Editor | The History Channel Magazine (formerly – we’re rebranding)

  13. How do I apply for permission to use one of the images from this fantastic site? Keith Len Dansey

    • barrycjacobsen says:

      Depends on the image, and what you want to do with it. Most of these were taken from books in my collection; or from a Google image search. As I am not using for commercial use, but for educational purposes, I do not need to pay for their use. As far as I’m concerned, you can use any of these you wish. However, if you plan to charge for the site they are posted on, than you likely will need to get permissions from the original sources.

  14. Love the pic at top glad to see you still have the Spartan panoply :P

  15. john hammond says:

    Hi Barry, two questions: What company make the Spartan sword you wielded on Deadliest Warrior? Second question: When Spartan faced Samurai, why was the Spartan spear-tip made of bronze rather than iron–The spear-tip most certainly was made of iron–Did the show do this on purpose to make it more evenly matched?

    • barrycjacobsen says:

      The answer to the first question is that it was purchased online at Kult of Athena. It is their Spartan Short Sword..

      The second question is a good one. In Back for Blood, Spartan vs Samurai, the Props Manager, Dave Baker, put a brass spear head on the Spartan spear. I objected (strenuously); as the 1) the Spartans didn’t use bronze weapons, they used iron. And 2) Brass is NOT bronze. This was a weakly-made spear head, and I knew it wouldn’t hold-up. I was overruled by the Producer on this…

  16. John Hammond says:

    Thanks for answering so promptly–I believe the iron spear head would have penetrated the samurai’s steel armor–What’s your take on this? With the Spartan Short Sword, does the bronze handle become slippery? How do you prevent the high carbon blade from rusting?

  17. barrycjacobsen says:

    I agree, John: As it was, the weak brass spear head penetrated a couple of millimeters. As for the short sword, yes, I had to have powder on my hand and that only works so long. In a “real” situation, you would want to have a bone handle, not brass. As for the blade, it needs to be oiled and kept in an oiled sheath. The best way is to make the sheath with a sheep’s wool lining; which will hold oil and keep the blade from rusting. Of course, a warrior always wipes clean his blade before returning it to its sheath.

  18. Scott Serrato says:

    I am a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy and I am a history major. For my research project and capstone, I have been working on a few ideas that involve alternate history. My big idea is writing a short novel/ historical fiction piece on what would have happened if General “Stonewall” Jackson had survived his wounds at Chancellorsville. I thought an expert like yourself could give me some advice on how to go about such a project. Please email me if you would like to contribute!

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