As the world cringes in disbelief that the brutal Israel-Palestinian conflict rolls on, the lion’s share of people who had initially planned to make their way to the region during this period would have reconsidered their itineraries. Not so for a group of 60 Finns, mind you, according to a recent article in Helsingin Sanomat. Rather than shy away from what is going on, or bury their head in their hands in disbelief, these Finns have recently headed over to the war zone to assist and relieve the Israeli army.

Fans of Helsinki football club IFK take their support to new levels, all around the country.

“Allez, Allez,

Allez, Allez,

Allez, Allez, Aleeeez, Allez!

Then it’s Monday,

Then it’s Tuesday,

 
Filomena Nurmela and Ke’ahi  

Moving from the city to the sticks. 6D chats to two who have changed their life.

New York has her five boroughs, London its inner city districts, with the Thames bisecting the city into two. Paris has her 20 arrondisements circling the city, divided into historical neighbourhoods, with history dating back to Roman times. So what does the city of Helsinki have to boast about? What does she call the various neighbourhoods and districts within her borders?

Mixed Martial Arts is shedding its brutal image and is on its way to becoming a mainstream sport. SixDegrees spoke to practitioners and enthusiasts about MMA’s rise, appeal and potential future.

IF YOU’VE never been to a Mixed Martial Arts fight, you may picture this scene in your head: in the centre of a hall, surrounded by up to 3,000 cheering people, is a cage. In it, two men (or women) hit and kick each other and block each other’s strikes using techniques of various types of martial arts. After a while of fighting on their feet, the two fighters eventually end up grappling on the floor until one of them gets the upper hand that ends the match — for example, by putting the other fighter in a chokehold after which he submits or, more rarely, passes out.

Other true fans got your back!

The fourth edition in our series of sports-related hobbies talks about itinerant fans.

If you read this article when it’s published during the football World Cup in Brazil, you should find it easy to relate to what Asko Parkkasaari, 28, told us about his visit to the previous such competition four years ago.