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Fight Club in Union Square?

Innovation
Jeff Squires
  • 29 may 2008

Likely inspired from an overly testosterone-fueled love for “Fight Club”, a group of young men have been (loosely) organizing Fight Club-like competitions in New York’s Union Square. The group, who call themselves the ‘Union Square Spartans’ apparently meet in the park somewhat regularly to train in martial-arts-influenced street combat.

On this occasion, the ‘ring’ was open to anyone – just find a partner and wait your turn. The interesting thing here is, the event was clearly not of a ‘reputable’ nature, yet people not only condoned the rather out of place activities, but the scene actually attracted a healthy number of participants.

After receiving a text message from a friend alerting him to the spectacle, blogger And I Am Not Lying describes the bizarre scene:

I was off the subway and taking the stairs two at once, faster than you can spell-check Palahniuk. Hundreds of people stood in a big ring right there by the Shoe Mania, cheering and chanting. All kinds of people: old people, moms with strollers, skateboarding teens, foreign tourists throwing Euros around.

They could have been watching some awesome breakdancing group or an unusually good street magician. But instead, two shirtless guys were flopping around on the ground, grunting and grating one another’s faces across the cobblestones. One guy pinned the other and a shirtless ref called the match. Both fighters leapt up, gave each other the universally-approved one-armed bro-hug and left the ring together, laughing.

A number of shirtless, scraped-up men paced the perimeter of the circle, alternately refereeing and answering questions. The rules were simple: find a partner, get in the ring. No face shots, tapping out ends the fight. No settling scores, just fighting for the fun of fighting. No experience or discernible skill required.

The below video depicts two hipsters who decided to step into the ring:

[via Gothamist]

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