I love to study this sort of video very closely. If you really look you’ll see that the guys don’t actually want to hurt each other and they’re even quite careful to avoid it. It’s more like a mosh pit than combat. Ritual release of pent up anger but nobody wants to go to jail
there are these little rules like, if a guy falls down you give him a kick or two, but not the head, and but be slow enough to give him time to get back up
the objects (chairs, bicycles) are thrown with great gusto but if you wanted to do real damage you’d use them as melee weapons rather than projectiles

but the point is to avoid seriously hurting anyone. Please no cops or ambulances we are trying to have a civilised brawl here
y’know I gotta say, the principles of having a fun and safe street brawl are actually also the same as being a good lover. Like, pay attention to your partner(s)
he just wants to swing a big plank around is that too much to ask

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