Brutal version of ‘Fight Club’ in Thailand
Fight Club is a novel written by Chuck Palahniuk, and later adapted into a screenplay by Jim Uhls. The plot centers around an organization that holds meetings for one simple purpose – to fight. This has inspired a similar organization in Thailand, where a local flight club is held.
The rules are slightly different. Its safe to say that the organizers in Thailand blatantly ignored the original Rules #1 and #2 – “You do not talk about fight club”. But this is forgivable, based on the fact that if they did indeed not talk about this fight club, then we wouldn’t have the opportunity to watch it.
The rest of the rules have been modified to make this version of Fight Club a little less brutal than the original. Mouth guards and 4oz gloves are required. Shoes are optional. Grappling and clinching are not allowed. One finer detail is that fighters seem to be categorized by weight and weigh-ins are conducted on site.
Furthermore, the original “the fights will go on as long as they have to” rule has been replaced by one 3-minute round. If a bout is not decided in regulation time, the result is a draw.
Despite these slight differences, the Thai version still embodies the spirit of Fight Club. The spirit of building a stronger character. The original Fight Club was made to offer an intense method of psychotherapy. In the original story, the unnamed narrator took a few punches to the face and realized that it was more effective than all of the therapy he had tried – and he had tried a lot. He then continued to start a group with the purpose of gathering and fighting. He states,
“When a guy came to fight club for the first time, his ass was a wad of cookie dough. After a few weeks, he was carved out of wood”.
Similarly, the members of Fight Club Thailand also fight with the aim to “prove your worth”. Participants use it as an opportunity to taste combat in a controlled setting. Like any martial arts activity, this fight club experience includes an unavoidable dose of humility, since fighters are not allowed to leave until they’ve mutually declared each other to be brothers.
Like the novel/ movie, Fight Club Thailand has also had problems with local authorities. Due to their increased Internet presence, police have been seeking to persecute their unauthorized fights. If caught, a punishment of up to one year in prison and/ or a fine of $600 is at risk.
As representatives of Thailand, these Fight Club members display a Muay Thai based style. Knees are commonplace, as well as roundhouse and front kicks. However, the unorthodox street fighting element of a true Fight Club is still highly prevalent. [Source: coconuts.co]