Doormen Fraternities and their Resemblance and Affinity to Martial Arts Societies

The security sector has recently experienced a period of growth in all areas of public life, especially in the Night Time Economy. Somewhere between militia and police staff, doormen essentially administrate the ongoing flow of clients. To accomplish their tasks they have to be competent talkers, observers, performers, saviours, brawlers and comrades in arms. The main characteristic of doormen and martial artists is their affinity/interest to hand-to-hand-combat, especially in self defense settings. This explains why doormen have often martial arts knowledge (and in case not, they nearly almost have street fighting experience). Martial artists as well as doormen often develope solitary, pugnacious groups with a very distinct team spirit. My research is based on three scientific approaches: A qualitative study on motives of shotokan karateists, a hermeneutical analysis of sociological aspects within the Night Time Economy, and a current qualitative study of German doormen, which focuses on talking and (preD/postD) fighting strategies of bouncers. The current work highlights behavioural, moral and social similarities and differences between doormen and martial artists with respect to:

  • the muscular, combat-ready and uniformed human body as a visual symbol of intimidation
  • clan structures and a general priority of respect networking
  • theoretical and practical experience and necessity of hand-to-hand-fighting
  • a brotherhooded counter culture based on a special moral code, which deals with the discrepancy of hurting and protecting people
  • social paranoia and ambush fears

an elobared theoretical and practical view of strategies, psychological trickery and fighting techniques in hand-to-hand-combat.

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