Are gay wrestling clubs a good idea?

  • groundcombat

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    Aug 08, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    Before I start this thread, I just want to apologize for any display of ignorance on my part that might come from asking these questions. I originally posted to the wrestling forum, but I think the feedback I receive will allow for education beyond wrestlers (plus no one ever reads those threads).

    Okay, I'm all about the idea of gay sports clubs and leagues but is wrestling a good idea considering the nature of the sport? I'm a wrestler myself and I can attest to it being an intense sport. However, as someone who is HIV-, is it the best idea to go roll on the mats with guys who may be or are HIV+? I'm told sweat and saliva do not transmit the virus but wrestling often results in cuts, scratches, nosebleeds, and other abrasions that do provide transmission modes.

    Again, I'm not trying to sound sadiddy or anything but I was wondering what others' thoughts are on the risks.
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    Aug 09, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    On a basic level, yeah -- I think it would be fun to be part of a wrestling club, whether a gay one, or one that is gay + straight. As you indicated in your post, it's an intense workout.

    Re: wrestling someone with HIV+, and then there is a cut -- if there is exchange of blood fluids, I suppose there is that chance of infection.

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    Aug 09, 2008 1:01 AM GMT

    Virus, if GroundCombat wrestles with a guy who is positive and they both get a cut from the wrestling and exchange fluids as a result, will you infect GroundCombat?

    Virus - YES!
  • VinBaltimore

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    Aug 09, 2008 1:07 AM GMT
    If they wrestled in Jell-o would that cut down on the number of bumps and bruises?
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    Aug 09, 2008 1:16 AM GMT

    In such a setting, no bruising because it isn't real wrestling, just two men pawing eachother, terrible (excellent).

  • tokugawa

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    Aug 09, 2008 6:01 AM GMT
    "Gay wrestling club" means they will not kick you out if they find out you are gay.

    I was with the Spartans Wrestling Club in Philadelphia, and there continues to be no discrimination based on gender (the club is co-ed) or sexual orientation (it is a wrestling club, not a sex club; there is no gay litmus test and nobody gets kicked out for being straight.)

    There was no blood while I was there, but there were some sprained muscles, so if you should decide to join, make sure you are in shape.
  • groundcombat

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    Aug 09, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    Raptor saidi don't think it's a good idea, just given the nature of the sport and the fact that you're closing it off for only gay guys; you know what they're going to be there for. that's what you said, "gay wrestling club." do you have a "litmus" test to determine their sexuality? like what if a straight guy wants to participate, are you going to bar him because he checked hetero on the signup sheet? straight people don't have straight sports clubs, they have sports clubs. what about bisexuals? it just sounds like from the way you phrased it, it's less about the sport and more about something else...

    By "gay sports teams" I'm not suggesting exclusively gay. More like gay-friendly. And no it's not about sex. It's more like a forum to practice sports you like, in company who likely can relate to and are comfortable with and vice-versa. Your perspective shows exactly why such clubs are appealing.

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    Aug 09, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    It's a fun thing to test your strength against another guy. And it doesn't matter whether he's gay or straight. When I lived elsewhere, I had a straight bud, we'd kickbox, box, wrestle, armwrestle, etc. . . he was in extreme competitive mode and it was really fun.
  • fordyork

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    Jan 01, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI think quite a few gay bars do this with whip cream and jello. icon_smile.gif

    Where in chicago are these types of clubs?

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    Jan 01, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    I will reply to this because I made a documentary that covered it. Here is the clip on Gay Wrestling Clubs.

  • KinesiologyMa...

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    Jan 01, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    LA's club needed a gym and didn't seem very professional or serious didn't like it