“How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?”
–Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), Fight Club, 1999

Fight Club, the movie with Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, is one of my favorite films. I mean, people were signing up to beat the crap out of each other! So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this investigative article in the Chronicle about San Francisco’s real-life fight club.

Amazingly, according to the city attorney’s office, other than a place of assembly permit that would “most likely” be required, a “pugilistic contest” statute from 1872 would only require gloves for fighters over 145 pounds and put limits on the number of rounds in any fight. Also, as far as the cops know, there’s no provision on the books prohibiting a fight club, and the Fight Club SF has never been raided. The story doesn’t state how long the fight club has been in operation.

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