Russian bouncers knock people outBy
Last week, somebody sent me this video of a bunch of Russian bouncers knocking people out. I had seen it before though, it’s been on the web for a few years now, I think. Anyway, it shows CCTV footage of a group of bouncers in Russia doing their thing. Which seems to boil down to knocking people out left and right.
I’ll cover some more here below but first, take a look at the video:
Some thoughts about this video:
- I wasn’t all that surprised. Russia is not a soft and fluffy country. Ethics and rules you find in many Western countries aren’t necessarily applicable there. It’s not black and white, reality is more nuanced than that but if I have a choice between facing a Russian bouncer or one from a fancy club in an American college town, I’m choosing the latter. No disrespect meant to my American friends.
- They act like thugs, not like bouncers. You see this in their tactics, which are meant to take out the patrons as opposed to take them outside with minimum force:
- They close the distance and strike first
- They work in teams with a talker who distracts the mark and a hitter who takes him out. And I do mean “take him out”; they’re not interested in trying to calmly subdue anybody.
- Once the patron is down, he receives additional damage. Depending on the sub-culture, this may be a normal course of action or it may be overkill. Hard to say from this video. But in most Western countries, bouncers don’t take it there anymore, unless they absolutely have to (which is a discussion for another time.)
- Notice how the bouncers are of either sleight or average built. There was only one big guy. That should tell you something…
- They didn’t go for control-holds, MMA takedowns, ground work or any of that stuff. They went for knock out strikes and penetrating impact strikes. That should also tell you something…
For the older guys: you remember the days when this was how bouncing use to be, right?
For the younger guys: next time you get upset because a bouncer makes you leave by slapping you in a control hold, be happy you’re not in Russia.
For the Russian citizens: I’m not going out in your clubs any time soon…