Hockey fighting? A Martial art?
There is a distinct and unique style in hockey fighting. The easiest similarity could be between GI vs No GI jiu jitsu. Except this is stand up fighting, striking with a GI, and you are allowed to hold onto their jersey and use it to manipulate their posture while landing strikes.
Could this be a trainable martial arts form that would translate better to street fighting?
Where almost everyone you fight(you hope) is wearing clothes. From everything I've seen with hockey fights, it seems to be a unique form of fighting that combines dirty boxing with your attacker creating lots of clothing/gear getting in the way, opportunities to entangle your opponent and use the certain levers of unnecessary clothing as leverage.
Through the manipulation of clothing you can ascribe to certain advantages. This is a good compilation that shows the unique fighting ability of these fighters, one can prescribe it to skates, or to being encumbered by equipment.
The fight compilations for NHL fights are impressive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui1LhEqqnC8 <-- top ten hockey fights of the last decade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1-25s4uwFQ <-- One of the better single/team combined fights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q31wY26la9U <-- Chara vs Koci, a bloody affair
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqPuTp20w0 <-- worst hockey fight ever that didn't involve Gretzky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJJPivHWy2k <-- and my fav fight of all time, the Frye / Takayama for the NHL
I know this was quite a few links, but I know a lot of people here don't give a shit about hockey. But to me it's an unique martial and there is nothing really like it.
What say you?