Thanks to Vic "Bjorn" LaPira for forwarding this:
I mean, what the heck Russia? Seriously? M-1 is cementing its reputation in my head as "Like PRIDE used to be, except crazy."
Thanks to Vic for forwarding this story at ESPN, which is as close to mixing the hobbies I do (MMA, play RPGs) with the sports I watch (ice hockey, plus kickboxing and tennis when I can.)
These are blunt, and fairly flimsy, swords. But in case you wondering how being weighted down with armor would affect takedowns, etc. - not terribly. I love the bizarre mix of muay thai influenced kicks and spinning strikes, takedowns, and Filipino martial arts-looking sword strikes (especially what I learned as "the caveman" - the off-the-shoulder strike with the rear hand weapon.) It's no recreationist sport . . . but, yeah. Just watch it.