HR Strange But True!
May 31, 2007

As said in the movie Fight Club, the first rule of fight club is, you don't talk about fight club, but in the Bay Area, plenty of people are talking about the newest way to blow off some steam after work.

Started by 37-year-old software engineer Gints Klimanis, the Gentleman's Fighting club is an invitation-only fight club where software, computer, and hardware engineers come to fight, USA Today reports.

The fighters are able to relieve stress while fighting, and, as Klimanis says, "Be a superhero for a night."

"We have to go to work every day," Klimanis tells the newspaper. "We're constantly told to buy things we don't need, and just for a couple hours we have the freedom to do what we want to do."

The members aren't necessarily the toughest guys around, but they are working to change the geeky stereotype that follows them. The members meet every two weeks at an undisclosed location, usually a member's garage, to fight.

Not only do they use their fists, fighters also use a few non-traditional fighting tools as well. Fighters use objects such as baking pans, broomsticks, rolled up Oprah magazines and Hello Kitty toilet seats, according to

Each fight lasts no longer than a minute and each fighter can stop the fight at any time. They have a referee, photographers, and even a man dressed in a tuxedo to do post-fight interviews.

The fighters wear protective gear including helmets and gloves. And, like all good fight clubs, there are a few rules: there can be no intentional harm caused to an opponent and no one should be humiliated, reports.

While the club members don't see any harm in what they do, Clem Jones an orthopedic surgeon interviewed by CBS5 in San Francisco says it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

Dr. Jones points out that if improperly used, any one of the unconventional objects used in fighting could cause serious bodily injury. The members don't see it that way. They see themselves as smart enough to know how to properly use baking pans and brooms as a weapon and insist that they keep each other safe while fighting.

For video of the Gentleman's Fighting Club in action and more on the club, go to

Sources: USA Today, CBS5, and

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