March 06, 2008


I'll occasionally drop by some of the blogs run by the local newspaper of note, the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Awhile back, when a local mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter was being featured in the reality TV show "The Ultimate Fighter," I ended up mixing it up in a comment thread with a few people whom I could only classify as Grade A Douchebags. It was the typical kind of thing; people who are basically ignorant about the thing they're offended about, easily provoked by online comments, and with a Mr. Miyagi concept of "martial arts as self defense only" bullcrap.

One of the great things about training in the boxing gym where I'm learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the rawness of it all: the occasional blood splatters on the floor; the phlegm mixed with blood stuck in the drain of the drinking fountain; the completely un-PC tee-shirts and sweatshirts proclaiming "Fighting Solves Everything," "Tap, Snap or Nap" and, as worn by one of the few women in class, "You Wish You Could Fight Like a Girl."

Walking into the gym is like briefly unplugging from the wussified city life of people who think all of life's problems can be solved by a long chat with a therapist followed by a good cry.

Posted by Ryan at March 6, 2008 09:41 AM | TrackBack

I like to solve my problems by getting drunk and shooting at stuff. (I say "stuff" because it's not always cats.)

Posted by: Autumn at March 6, 2008 10:19 AM

You've always held a special place in my heart, Autumn, due to your unconventional ways of dealing with life's shit.

Posted by: Ryan at March 6, 2008 10:26 AM

When deal with as much shit as I do, you need a cheap and efficeint way to deal with it!

Posted by: Autumn at March 6, 2008 11:32 AM

People tend to have knee-jerk reactions to MMA fighting because of the blood and (apparent) viciousness of it.

The world is a pretty damned soft and easily offended place though. We need more places of refuge from it and dirty gyms (along with dive bars) are sanctuaries from PC-wankery.

Posted by: Erik at March 6, 2008 02:16 PM

You have to rip on Favre for being such a douche fag, "I can play, I just don't want to." What a frickin' sally! The team name needs to be changed to Green Bay Pussies! Pathetic!

Posted by: Autumn at March 6, 2008 10:35 PM
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