Don’t ask me how, but I stumbled upon this on the Intertubes:
Now, this is an insane thing, right? Full grown men bludgeoning themselves directly in the face with dull swords and axes? For…SPORT?
I’m not one to judge what one person wants to do in their free time. And I am also a proponent that a “sport” is any physical activity that two people can simultaneously compete in. However, this just seems a little…outrageous? Unnecessary? Insane? Yes, that’s it. Insane.
I know that something like this may seem only a few steps from MMA, but one main difference is the existence of rules. For the layman, it may not seem like MMA has any rules. But there are. Many of them. While the main guy in the video above says that the Armored Combat League is “organized,” the one aspect he does neglect to mention are the RULES of the Armored Combat League. As far as I can tell, the one rule of the ACL (trademark pending I’m sure) is that you face-crush someone until they fall down. Last guy standing wins. (Oh, and apparently you can’t keep hitting someone if they have lost their helmet. It’s good to see these guys are well-protected.)
It takes a special type of dude to voluntary put himself in front of that type of punishment. Even if you do have 90+ pounds of armor on, getting smashed in the knee with a broad sword (for fun! for sport!) is way down there on my list of priorities. I’m just glad that these white-collar job having men now have an outlet for this Braveheart-level violence that seems to be permeating through white (of course it’s white, it’s only white) males ages 18-35. Because imagine if they didn’t.
(And I still think that those crazy helmets and face masks, although necessary, give NO peripheral vision at all. Unless you attack them straight on, you’re basically a ninja.)
Happy Tuesday. See ya later Government.