Meeting people these days has evolved dramatically in the last few decades with the rise of the internet. Gone, or rather, rare are the days where people meet at a party, a bar, a blind date, you know physical human interaction. Instead, there is a meetup site for anyone and everyone looking to date, meet new friends, find a booty call, and find a fight or wrestling match. Yes, you heard me right, a man on man combative match.
It should come as no surprise in this day and age of social media that there would be meetup sites for guys, or gals, who are looking to find other people who share a common interest in combat sports. Now, I don’t just mean sharing an interest in wrestling, boxing, mma, muay thai, martial arts etc. I mean actually meeting up and doing said style of combat, for real.
Wrestling and combat sports is a wonderfully layered culture. On the surface we have the traditional sport taught in schools and clubs here in the U.S. and around the world. The act of two men in tight spandex, briefs, denim, cloth, or nude (depending on your time period and location on the planet) practicing skill and strength to subdue his opponent in a manner which complies with the style he practices. For many, the sport ends with high school, only a few go on to participate in college. From there, the numbers dwindle even further as fewer move on to the professional level, competing in national and international tournaments representing their respective countries. Some clubs do exist for those who have aged past their college years, but for the most part the resources for an adult to wrestle with other adults is very, very limited.
Now this is not the same for other combat sports such as boxing, kickboxing, mma, and other traditional martial arts. Those practices have gyms all over the country and the world despite the fact that many of those sports not being offered in many schools. These gyms encourage participation throughout a person’s lifetime, ages 8-80 or as long as you are in general good health.
I cannot vouch for the rest of the world, but here in the United States there seems to be a stigma that exists when it comes to wrestling, specifically freestyle, grecco-roman, and folkstyle wrestling. As I mentioned above it is very difficult to find any sort of outlet that allows adults to practice these combat styles. Yet, other forms of wrestling such as submission style wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Sambo, to name a few, are open to all ages with gyms across the country. Why this fact is beyond my understanding. We have fields and courts to play most any other kind of sport at public parks, gyms, and health clubs, but nothing to encourage the healthy activity of wrestling. This is where we begin to see another layer of wrestling culture emerge.
The layer of wrestling culture I am referring to, which has risen, or rather, made itself more public in the past few decades, is what is commonly referred to as the gay subculture of wrestling. After all, wrestling is arguably the gayest sport when read on paper and watched on television. However, I would argue that it is also the manliest of all sports. I identify this layer as males, and some females, in their adulthood, who love the sport of wrestling (or any other combat sport for that matter) but are too ashamed to do it. The reasons could be anything from “I don’t know how to wrestle” to “I am afraid of what people will think of me” to “wrestling makes me horny”. Whatever the reason this layer of wrestling sub-cultural could more commonly be referred to as the “closeted wrestler”.
There are two reasons why I feel wrestling in particular doesn’t flourish beyond college. The first, sadly, is money. Wrestling is a fairly cheap sport to get involved with. However, wrestling doesn’t have a “SuperBowl” or a “World Series” no popular professional league vying for that ultimate prize. There are the national teams that compete on the international level, but you are more likely to see reruns of it in the wee hours of the morning on ESPN when they have stopped jerking off to football, basketball, and baseball. Thanks to the internet we can see live matches on Youtube, Flo Wrestling, or other dedicated wrestling streaming sites, but the fact still remains that there is nothing, outside of the Olympics, that really draws in the crowds, the numbers, and ergo the corporate sponsors to make wrestling a commercially viable sport. Wouldn’t it be nice to one day sit down with the family and see U.S.A battle another country on the mats while watching it on a prime time network? Sadly, I don’t believe that will ever happen.
The Second reason I feel wrestling fails to flourish after college is the stigma that exists over it. The stigma that wrestling is only for young people. You always see adults shooting hoops on the court, or tossing/kicking balls to each other. So why not do some wrestling in the park or the gym? I used to think it was a complete homophobic stigma, but now I believe it is just fear in general. Too many adults are afraid to engage in that primal instinct to wrestle, box, or just rough house in general. Somewhere along the way society has managed to disown the idea that combat sports and wrestling were for all ages. Women’s wrestling and fighting, especially, has risen dramatically but they too share the same stigma in adult hood. The stigma being that it is not ok for sane minded adults to partake in wrestling.
Now, coming back full circle, is why meetup sites are important. They allow like minded individuals, who share this need to wrestle and fight as adults, to do so in their own privacy without shame from the rest of the world. With meet up sites like the ones I am about to reveal to you you can meet up with guys, and gals, across the globe and do what ever you heart desires. It might be a pro wrestling match, a submission wrestling match, erotic boxing, nude combat, anything! The possibilities are endless.
If you have identified with what I have just written about. If you are one of those people over the age of 18 who have no where to turn to indulge in your need to wrestle or fight then I would encourage you to pop on over to one of these sites. Take a look around, who knows you might find someone within travelling distance that you could meet up with on a regular basis and partake in this most ancient of activities. My point being is that you do not have to waste away with the day dreams of wanting to engage in man on man, man on woman, or woman on woman combat. You can fulfill the dream!
Meet Fighters (https://www.meetfighters.com/) – This website is by far my favorite to use. The site for the most part is free to use and you can do a lot with a free membership. The profile building options allow you to tell people exactly what you want either through preselected categories or through exposition in the provided text box. There is an unlimited amount of time you can spend in the chat room and messaging other people is free as well. In your profile you can keep members aware of your availability via a calendar, or start a lil blog. A recommendation and past opponent system is also helpful when picking out potential opponents. They do have a donation system that gives you extra perks but you can still use the full website without having to do so. The site is really geared towards helping people meet and not worried about pocketing money. The biggest perk of the website is that it removes inactive profiles. If a profile lays dormant for 3 months it is suspended from the website until it is deleted or reactivated by the user. This gives Meet Fighters a HUGE advantage over other websites.
Global Fight (http://personals.globalfight.com) – Global Fight was my first meetup site that I joined, back when I was getting into combat sports. Sadly it has only gone down hill since then. From what I understand it merged with a struggling but superior website prior to my signing up, too bad they couldn’t have taken a few aspects with it as well. This is the most well known of the meetup sites but it is losing its ground on popularity, if it hasn’t already to Meet Fighters. The site does allow free memberships but the social interaction you are able to do with other free members is the equivalent of sending smoke signals. The memberships are expensive too starting at $15 for one month. The site is outdated and needs a major overhaul. Also, it does not remove abandoned or dormant profiles. Global Fight only seems to be focused on providing porn and pocketing the money you pay, except for the occasional cheap prize giveaway. Honestly, I will not be renewing my membership once it expires.
Real Jock (http://www.realjock.com/) – This was the second site I joined after Global Fight. Unfortunately too, the site has started to go down hill. This is less of a meetup site for combat enthusiasts and more for guys who are into fitness. The site suffers the same problem as GF in that they do not remove inactive profiles, so be sure to look at when the person last logged in before you contact them. Also, when looking at that statistic, on a profile, be aware they will not give you an exact day for last log in but instead tell you it was more than a week ago. The site no longer has a chat room but it does have many forums to post in. Everything is free on the website and there are some decent advice on working out, dieting, and meeting people. I have only met a few people from the site but they were non wrestling related.
Bear Hugger (http://www.bearhugger.net/) – As the name might imply, it is aimed at the guys into bear hugging in matches. However, don’t let that or its amateurish looking website deter you. I actually prefer this website over GF. It is completely free to use and is actually pretty good. Like the other sites it doesn’t remove abandoned profiles so watch for those last log in dates. The site is a little too detailed for its own good, though. Navigating the website can be a real pain at first because the webmasters clearly did not know what an edit button was. A lot of the profile making options feel redundant and unnecessary which can lead to a messy profile. There is no chat room but as I said everything, including the messaging option, is free.
There are a few other websites that I did not mention here but to be honest they are not worth your time. They either do not have a good turnout rate or the website is total trash. Stick to one of these four, check them out, and decide for yourself which to build a profile, or join them all. I still give my highest recommendation to Meet Fighters.
Well folks, I believe this is my longest and most in depth blog thus far. So if you have any other questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to message me and I will do my best to elaborate. Until next time, peace!