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PostPosted: December 5 18, 4:08 pm 
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I put this in the politics forum because it has a large political angle to it. This is a 5 part video series put out by one of the Chapo guys. The whole thing is about 2 hours long.

I am not even a UFC or MMA fan at all, but I found it very interesting. Some of the footage reminded me why I am not a fan (the worst scene is in episode 1, the others were more tolerable for me). It goes back and explains how martial arts started out and spread around the world, and how the different kinds split off or were invented. It also tries to explain the cultural context - why this extremely violent sport became popular in the 90s and why it grew in the following years.

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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... RFNnGGhnzG


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PostPosted: December 5 18, 4:25 pm 
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It's very, very good. Not purely political so much as explores the relationship between socioeconomics and our relationship to combat sports.


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PostPosted: December 6 18, 2:38 pm 
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thrill wrote:
It's very, very good. Not purely political so much as explores the relationship between socioeconomics and our relationship to combat sports.


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The most interesting things for me were when it occasionally looked back so you could keep the thread of the story going. Like when one of the Gracies, as an old man, was in a photo op next to one of the latest proteges who just won a tournament. It showed how fast things were accelerating. It took a couple hundred years for the Gracies to even discover martial arts. From then, it took less than a lifetime to completely commoditize it. There was a similar moment at the very end, when they tried to bring everything together. What was once a sacred art reserved for royalty had been transformed into a mash-up of various arts practiced by guys getting their brains bashed in for $28K/year. And you could argue most of that transformation took place in the last 30 years.


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PostPosted: December 13 18, 11:18 am 
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One thing that dawned on me after watching this....as some of you know I'm a fan of minor league hockey. Like MMA fighting, minor league hockey also had a huge upsurge in the 90s. And I think the same cultural forces that made UFC popular in the 90s probably made minor league hockey popular. That was an era when there was a ton more fighting, especially in the minors. And like UFC, minor league hockey has largely faded since then and is a shadow of what it once was.


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