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NCIS:LA is one of the highest rated television shows on T.V. So when my friend and Sayoc Kali brother Rafael Kayanan asked me if I wanted to do a blade for the show I was excited about the opportunity. Rafael, who holds the rank of Tuhon or Master Instructor in Sayoc Kali is more commonly referred to in our circles as Tuhon Raf. He’s been working quite extensively with NCIS:LA Producer / Writer Dave Kalstein on several projects. This particular episode, “Frozen Lake” is stuffed full of lessons straight from Sayoc Kali and begins to really show a depth of understanding by Producer Kalstein. His use of these lessons in the show, the actual application of the martial art of Sayoc Kali and using a Sayoc Kali Full Instructor (me!) to build a blade specifically for a character in the show (that beautiful bad ass Kensi) goes to a depth of character and background development you don’t often see on T.V. I’m no Hollywood expert but I just don’t see that kind of action or character anywhere else on my DVR!.
Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J play badass federal agents on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” but that bravery isn’t just a front they put on for TV. Both men frequently perform their own stunts on the show, and during Tuesday’s (Nov. 26) episode of the CBS hit, “The Frozen Lake,” they both trained for a particularly complicated fight scene. Zap2it has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process.
“NCIS: LA” creator Shane Brennan tells Zap2it via email that O’Donnell and LL Cool J found out about the “Frozen Lake” sequence, which occurs when their characters enlist the help of a Gurkha, an elite Nepali soldier specializing in knife fighting, to retrieve a missing thumb drive, a week before shooting.
The investigators on NCIS: Los Angeles have seen a lot in their time, and have been in many fights for their lives, but never have they had to battle so hard than when they face down against an expert knife fighter.
In the coming episode of NCIS:LA, headless corpses are turning up all over the city, and it’s up to Agent Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Agent Hanna (LL Cool J) to stop the man responsible. The only problem is, the possible killer is a hardcore warrior known as a Gurkha.
Gurkha’s are skilled knife fighters from Nepal, used in many wars and renowned for their speed, their killing talent and their toughness. But the NCIS:LA agents might just need to work with the Gurkha to get back a very important stolen hard drive.
ET visited the set of NCIS:LA during the filming of this action packed episode, and talked with the cast and crew about what it was like training for such exciting combat sequences, and what to expect from the exciting fight choreography.
Check out the video for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the episode’s most-exciting knife-fighting sequences, and hear from the stars of the show about what it took to make this episode work.
This episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, titled The Frozen Lake, airs Tuesday, November 26 at 9/8c on CBS.
More sneak peeks of tonight’s all new NCIS Los Angeles in our >> “The Frozen Lake” category <<.