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see also Dog Brothers
posted by the cuban at 11:00 AM on March 29, 2006


"Related stories: Ancient Shaolin Fighting Techniques"
posted by monju_bosatsu at 11:04 AM on March 29, 2006


My good sir, the foremost principe of Gentlemen's Fight Club is that one does not discuss Gentlemen's Fight Club.
posted by brain_drain at 11:05 AM on March 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


$15 on the Cardboard Tube Ninja.
posted by anthill at 11:11 AM on March 29, 2006


this is how metatalk will look in virtual reality. (oh wow, remember virtual reality?)
posted by keswick at 11:14 AM on March 29, 2006


It's all fun and games until someone breaks off their head with their neck in a hello kitty toilet seat.
posted by loquacious at 11:15 AM on March 29, 2006


Educated ≠ smart.

Great find el Cubano.
posted by CRM114 at 11:15 AM on March 29, 2006


Thanks for this. I'd been meaning to do an escrima post for a while (especially before the last Dog Brothers gathering), but just never found any decent footage.
posted by Gamblor at 11:16 AM on March 29, 2006


Wearing face guards and helmets? What a bunch of pussies.
posted by xmutex at 11:16 AM on March 29, 2006


Wearing face guards and helmets?

What a bunch of gentlemen.
posted by three blind mice at 11:20 AM on March 29, 2006


Although, they never mentioned during the news story that the guys are doing Filipino martial arts, which is annoying. Instead they went with the "crazy programmers beating each other senseless" angle.
posted by Gamblor at 11:21 AM on March 29, 2006


SOFTware engineers, maybe it is that word SOFT. Maybe they think they have to prove how manly and violent - oh, never mind.
posted by Cranberry at 11:21 AM on March 29, 2006


I like how they specified 'back issues' of the Oprah magazine rolled up and duct-taped. Current issues are, of course, too highly coveted.
posted by jimmythefish at 11:28 AM on March 29, 2006


Motherfucker! You hit me in the ear!
posted by ninjew at 11:29 AM on March 29, 2006


I can't actually watch those. I read the description and I can't.

They should at least have the common decency to punch each other in the stomach if they're going to be fighting. Plastic knives?
posted by blacklite at 11:29 AM on March 29, 2006


Gamblor: Although, they never mentioned during the news story that the guys are doing Filipino martial arts, which is annoying. Instead they went with the "crazy programmers beating each other senseless" angle.

You have to admit that the "fighting with toilet seats" bit and the Spongebob t-shirts lend themselves quite readily to the "crazy programmers" angle.
posted by CRM114 at 11:29 AM on March 29, 2006


Blacklite, they mean training knives.

I was expecting picnic utensils.
Frankly, I was dissapointed.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:32 AM on March 29, 2006


I played this game as a kid, but instead of "Gentleman's Fight Club", we called it "We're So Fucking Bored that Everything in Greg's Grandmother's Basement is About to Become a Weapon... Until One of Us is Bleeding and Crying or Greg's Mom Gives in and Drives Us to Blockbuster to Rent a New Nintendo Game Already."

I guess "Gentleman's Fight Club" does have a bit more of a ring to it.
posted by elr at 11:32 AM on March 29, 2006


You have to admit that the "fighting with toilet seats" bit and the Spongebob t-shirts lend themselves quite readily to the "crazy programmers" angle.

Yep, they definitely played it up for the camera. Not clear from the video if all the guys practice fma, or just the Gints Klimanis guy from Dog Brothers. He might just invite his coworkers over for a group beatdown.
posted by Gamblor at 11:35 AM on March 29, 2006


Plastic knives?

If it’s PMA/Arnis they’re practising, then mock knives makes sense.
posted by dreamsign at 11:36 AM on March 29, 2006


I like how they specified 'back issues' of the Oprah magazine rolled up and duct-taped.

Great. Just one more way that woman can cause men pain.
posted by Gamblor at 11:39 AM on March 29, 2006


mumble mumble something about my new and unstoppable filing technique
posted by Mikey-San at 11:41 AM on March 29, 2006


The Great Outdoor Fight, inspired by recent events in the Achewood Universe. It's no Gasps And Giggles, but one has to be hell of dedicated to write a backstory to a fictional 3 day, 3 acre, 3000 man cat fight.

I'm in no way responsible for any of this. It'd make an entertaining (to me) FPP, but I'm sure that I'd take a ton of shit for it, and this thread reminded me enough of the GOF that I felt it appropriate to post here.
posted by togdon at 11:54 AM on March 29, 2006


C'mon. If this is a gentlemen's fight club, where's the pole-dancing?
posted by dhartung at 11:58 AM on March 29, 2006


I like how they specified 'back issues' of the Oprah magazine rolled up and duct-taped.

Great. Just one more way that woman can cause men pain.


My contribution to absurdism this week: I carefully peeled the "Oprah's Book Club Selection" label off a book I bought in an airport and stuck it on a barf bag during a cross country flight.

Just thought I'd share.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:01 PM on March 29, 2006


If that's Filipino martial arts, I hope it's not a particularly good example. It doesn't look all that different to the ancient technique of random schoolyard beatings.
posted by bcveen at 12:05 PM on March 29, 2006


Wearing face guards and helmets? What a bunch of pussies.

Maybe you should visit Bolivia for the Tinku fighting festival.
posted by the cuban at 12:07 PM on March 29, 2006


MetaFilter: Random schoolyard beatings.
posted by loquacious at 12:08 PM on March 29, 2006


posted by jimmythefish I like how they specified 'back issues' of the Oprah magazine rolled up and duct-taped. Current issues are, of course, too highly coveted.

Exactly. I prefer the wallop of Martha Stewart Living.
posted by fandango_matt at 12:12 PM on March 29, 2006


On a related note, when my wife and son are out, I like to go to youtube and watch the movies with the fight tag. Do I need help?
posted by poppo at 12:24 PM on March 29, 2006


If that's Filipino martial arts, I hope it's not a particularly good example.

It's not, imo. It looks like a handful of guys emulating the Dog Brother training style. The Dog Brothers have these gatherings where they go full contact, to field test their techniques, which is a good idea, since escrima emphasizes simplicity and practicality. But it's pretty extreme to go with no real padding and people get hurt a lot. They only do this a couple of times a year.

When viewed out of context, they can look like just a bunch of psychos with sticks, but there's a purpose behind it. Of course, the Dog Brothers refer to themselves as psychos with sticks, so who's to say.

There are lots of schools that practice realistically and practice hard, but don't necessarily get to the point of severe injury (like broken bones) the way the Dog Brothers do.
posted by Gamblor at 12:31 PM on March 29, 2006


Looks like the star wars kid will have someone to play with when he grows up.
posted by jefbla at 12:31 PM on March 29, 2006


When viewed out of context, they can look like just a bunch of psychos with sticks, but there's a purpose behind it. Of course, the Dog Brothers refer to themselves as psychos with sticks, so who's to say.

Higher consciousness through harder contact.

I'd say the stick video in that list was a fairly ok emulation of common FMA stick work. the one guy that was dominating was doing more of the Thai Krabi-Krabong style of big hits and leg kicks. Pretty good.

The thing is with full contact fighting with little or no rules it DOESN'T look pretty. It DOES look like a school yard brawl most of the time.

People are too used to seeing either hollywood choreographed fighting, highly stylistic mostly culturally influenced pseudo-combat (like Kung-fu and karate), or fighting with rule structure that pre-selects only certain techniques as useful - like boxing.

this looks like fun to me.
posted by tkchrist at 1:01 PM on March 29, 2006


Think bashing someone with a stick looks brutal? Try kino mutai. Bludgeoning will look practically civilized by comparison.
posted by Gamblor at 1:48 PM on March 29, 2006


Think bashing someone with a stick looks brutal? Try kino mutai. Bludgeoning will look practically civilized by comparison.

"The second half of the kino mutai equation is the uninterrupted eye gouge. To train for it, you can use the same methodology as for biting: First wrestle slowly while you acquire a target."

Um...I think I'll pass.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:53 PM on March 29, 2006


ha... I work with one of the guys who does this -- seriously, he was in the video. He's bruised a lot.
posted by gambit at 3:25 PM on March 29, 2006


From the kino mutai link: "When you think about bludgeoning someone with a stick, stabbing him with a knife or biting a hole in his face, it is obviously distasteful."

Yes, yes, I would think so. And then there's that bit about biting your opponent in the nipple or groin. Damn ... I would consider doing something like that in a potential life-or-death situation, but to actually train oneself in the art of groin munching and nipple nibbling, that takes it to a whole new level ...
posted by bcveen at 5:45 PM on March 29, 2006


Boffers are where it's at.

/fond memories of hitting each other with hardwood bokken without protection on the grassy knoll in front of Pfeiffer Hall in college
posted by PurplePorpoise at 7:05 PM on March 29, 2006


Fuck it. Give 'em guns.
posted by Acey at 7:59 PM on March 30, 2006


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