Does anyone watch this? Its a BBC thing (I think, its on the Beeb over here anyway) and I caught it for the first time tonight. More info and a brief preview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/lastmanstanding/
Basically they send a boxer, a modern pentathlete, a submission wrestler, a rugby player and a soccer player, all from the US or the UK, to participate in various brutal tribal sports. Tonight’s was stick fighting with the Suri in Ethiopia. It was awesome, I have never seen anything like it. Does anyone know anything about it, it didn’t seem all that skillful, valuing brute aggression above everything else.
In fact, one of the most interesting things I thought was that you could predict the winner from the beginning. The guys who didn’t care if they got hurt and actually wanted to do harm, rather than doing it just to win, if you see what I mean, were the ones that succeeded. Do you think that is true of combat in general, or is there a place for the thinking athlete?