The Good Fight - new website about martial arts

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The Good Fight - new website about martial arts

The Good Fight is the first comprehensive English-language resource for the anti-fascist martial arts movement, and a community-building platform for all people who believe that the fighting arts and athletics can play an important role in improving people’s lives and the struggle for a better world.

https://goodfight.ca/

We believe:

The more good people who know how to fight, the better place the world is.

While the corporate sports industry promotes excess, trash-talk and narcissism, we need to restore the principles of honour, ethics and sportsmanship to competitive fighting.

Martial arts are of tremendous benefit for marginalized and at-risk youth, and an essential anti-bullying tool.

Regardless of age, martial arts and athletics can transform people’s lives and are an effective weapon against depression, hopelessness, addiction, alienation and self-destructive lifestyles.

We support:

The anti-fascist martial arts movement in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

Fighters and athletes as role models, community leaders and activists.

Boxing clubs and dojos that play a positive social role in their communities.

The women’s self-defence movement, and all efforts to empower vulnerable groups with the means to defend themselves against physical and sexual violence.

VIDEOS:

Italy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VecsTn-gu0g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkawe-0HzZI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz63I2Rf82A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFI-CC3_-Ok

Spain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zthp9q3SG2E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fqspg84zpQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2euYL_J_uDc

Russia‎
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNRazWuSlzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv8JxRWn-VY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsB-boYMaQ4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQqjvPf0Rfg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf-dNLXLKkI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C47ueLkEjs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPH2yUk0D2w

Greece
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USJCgKTLlrA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFPuV3sp9Fw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GX9bECejHw

Ukraine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4EEx9gJf9I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHy3c8_iD-s

Poland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMsHklBZ_S0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEuPnCVOSas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcDXwMgRvN0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnrtqTnGR9Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDfDznHrWs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsaBuSw_B2M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE3Dgjnc6cs

Chile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP9PIrbMclc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWMHcsQZMUc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IPSmi4u3bE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYG48eVPvZA

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An overview of Italy’s anti-fascist gyms and boxing clubs

Politics has never been far from the surface in the world of combat sports. Whether we think of the boxer Primo Carnera, an icon of fascism in the 1930s, or Muhammad Ali, an icon of black power in the 1960s. Or of the predominance of Jews in East London’s boxing clubs before and immediately after World War 2, often using their training against Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.

With this in mind, Italian activist circles have been developing this progressive element. Over the past decades, self-organized popular, antifascist sports centres have been flourishing in the Italian squats. They mostly (but not exclusively) offer boxing and other combat sports.

The “Palestra Popolare AntiFa Boxe,” the first of its kind, opened in October 2001 in Turin, in the Askatasuna squatted social centre, when one of the centre’s activists suggested occupying and using the empty spaces of a commercial gym. Completely run by activists, the school is open to everyone and doesn’t charge expensive fees, unlike many commercial gyms. As their website proudly claims, “in terms of training and equipment we have nothing to envy in the capitalist gyms: our training is non-competitive simply because of the nature of what we do.”

Similar sentiments are held by the “Palestra Popolare San Pietrino”, the boxing, aikido and tai-chi gym attached to the nEXt Emerson social centre in Florence:

A working class gym doesn’t require a membership card, a monthly fee or an enrollment. No money changes hands, not from athletes nor for coaches: we all contribute to the building up, maintenance and cleaning of our place. […] We have a coach but, as the years have gone by, older boxers or tai-chi practitioners have become coaches too and started teaching younger athletes, in line with the principles of autogestione (self-management) and horizontal organization. On Wednesdays we fight against each other, not with rage, but willing to improve. We know that in the opposite corner of the ring there’s a friend who’s trained, shared the maintenance tasks and will later eat a pizza with us.

Credit: Palestra Popolare San Pietrino

Popular and antifascist boxing is also meant as a response to the heavily politicized climate of many traditional combat training centres, where young men who are initially interested in fighting often meet right-wing groups and their neo-fascist ideologies. Which is why being anti-fascist is the only requirement in order to become a member.

Several such centres are also open in Milan, in squats and self-organised centres such as Palestra Baraonda, Area Grizzly, and Sottoterra (apologies if we missed someone!). TPO, a long-standing squat in Bologna, also has a popular sports centre, where traditional martial arts (Muay Thai) and contemporary dance are offered to citizens and activists. Boxing training at the Palestra Antirazzista Red Rose is also organized by Crash, a more recent squat mainly run by students. Palermo also has a prominent antifascist boxing centre, the Antifa Boxe; Rome has at least two, the “Pallestra” at the Forte Prenestino and one at the Corto Circuito squat. In Cosenza the “ASD Boxe Popolare” has a longtime connection with the football ultras. These are only the oldest examples: sports centres also exist in Ancona, Naples, and many other cities across the nation.

When, in January 2012, the first popular sports network meeting was held in Ancona, about 20 centres answered the call. While these centres do not constitute a common political front, they have promoted joint political action on some occasions. For instance, popular sport played a big role in the 10-year commemorations of Dax’s murder; members of different centres marched behind a common banner in the March 23 (2013) No-TAV demo.

In addition to being extremely affordable and self-organised, these centres are also open to everyone, regardless of legal status – something that is not common in official sports networks.

Popular and self-organised sport provides a radical alternative to the culture of commercial training and fighting. These centres promote a different view of the body, fighting gender discrimination, ageism, ableism and homophobia; they support a natural view of the body, promoting diversity against the artificial standards of fitness imposed by the market. They reject commercialization and commodification of sport, with its pricey and branded equipment and its exclusive premium memberships. Consequently, they empower the individual to be in charge of their own training and socialization — which also involves taking care of their own spaces, from management assemblies to cleaning facilities, painting walls, hanging bags and all the hard, sweaty labour of renovation. Finally, they strive to counter the male-chauvinist philosophy underlying some training philosophies, and any latent view of supremacy. It surely is a major shift of perspective, and one of the most interesting innovations of the glorious season of the Italian “centri sociali”.

It may look like this model works only for boxing, rugby or soccer but TPO in Bologna has contemporary dance and nEXt Emerson hosts TangoSognato. Begun in 2008, this course of self-managed Tango now has more than 100 students at four different levels, so many that it was necessary (and possible) to build a parquet dance-floor of 100 sq metres inside one of the Squat’s big warehouses. Every month it hosts free “milonghe” (dance nights open to the public).

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Antifa sport team in UK - Solstar Sports Association

Solstar is a left wing volunteer-run sports group with classes run by women for women and men over 18, building practical and political solidarity.

The aim of this project is to encourage women and men from all backgrounds to take up contact martial arts, build up fitness and confidence as well as creating an atmosphere of comradeship and building links between communites.

Solstar is by us, for us - a space for those on the left to train, meet, and build practical, positive bonds of friendship and solidarity. Solstar classes are supported equally by women and men

https://www.facebook.com/solstarsports/

Anonymous (not verified)
Yeah but will sexism inform

Yeah but will sexism inform our boxing on Mars and should anarchists time travel and isn't fighting a spook and why do you assume that boxing is a deed that you the doer do? That's the kind of stuff we talk about here.

shadowsmoke
I like you

hahaha.

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