The Coolest Websites Without Naked People: David Avellan
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because the good can make this evil wrong.
By Eugene S. Robinson
You need to understand something. This Whipping Through the Web, aka WTTW, is less about what I think you’re going to like and much more about a steadfast belief that if you’ve read this far, then you’re keyed up to dig what I dig. That my obsessions have grown to be your obsessions. Or at the very least, you’re attracted out of morbid fascination.
But as any and many can attest, if there’s one thing held near and dear to my heart it’s this: A civilized person knows how to do a few things well, and one of those things is knowing how to defend yourself. Which is why I find myself wandering over to David Avellan’s website. While in form and function it’s very much a sort of direct mail deal with a vested interest in getting you to buy stuff, it’s also something else. And that something else is brought about by the inability to own intellectual property and by people giving away stuff and getting stuff for FREE — Avellan’s site is a treasure trove of videos that drill down in the most minute way into how to hold your own in life-and-death situations.
Avellan, who as a kid was diagnosed as autistic and asthmatic, is a world-champion grappler who looks anything but. About 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, he has beaten a rogues’ gallery of world-champion fighters, and his videos give a move-by-move breakdown on how he did it.
So, how’d he do it? Watch and learn, grasshoppers.