Harlem Knight Fight

For Damion DiGrazia, joining the Air Force, earning degrees from Harvard and Columbia and achieving a lucrative career as a management consultant at a top investment bank in Manhattan weren’t enough. He had one more, slightly less conventional item for the bucket list. When this Sunday school teacher isn’t spreading the Good Word, he’s facing a metal fist to the teeth. DiGrazia is the captain of the New York chapter of the Armored Combat League — a sort of medieval fight club whose members smash the hell out of each other while dressed like attendees of the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones. “This is a sport that requires passion,” he explains. “Because there’s no responsible way to do it.” MEL Films met with DiGrazia at his East Harlem training studio and followed his team to their regional matchup with New England. Watch him get all medieval on his opponents’ asses above.

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