No, not the vinyl kind of record.
Yesterday (6th of April, 2009) we had the Highest Number of New Members since our site begun. Also, as a consequence, we are now over 600 in membership. Wow!
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I went to see a K-3 tournament yesterday. Went there for two reasons: one of my friends was competing in the -72kg division, and my trainer asked me to record his match for posterity.
Those who know me personally would know that I'm not really into standup fighting. One of the reasons is that I dislike the fact that the only way to "win" a standup fight is by causing massive trauma to the other person involved. The other reason is the aforementioned trauma that can and will happen to me even if I win. Third reason is that I'm horribly bad at standup fighting.
K-3 is sort of the backwater of MMA: the rules are milder and tend to protect the contestants more than standard MMA rules, the prices are small and it usually draws a smaller crowd. As such, amateur fighters, that is, people who have a life other than combat sports, can try their luck in the ring. It still takes a lot of dedication, heart and involves a considerable risk. Not the kind of tournament I would want to compete in.
What surprised me was how much fun the fights were. It seemed that contestants were having a good time, showing off not inconsiderable skill and heart for the audience. The judges were doing a great job too, and most fights ended without injuries other than the occasional cut or bleeding nose.
There was one incident where one guy broke his ankle falling. It was a truly horrible site, poor man screamed his lungs out too. The medics were on him in a heartbeat, but it took them about 15 minutes to sedate him, stabilize him and take him to the ambulance car that was waiting outside. I could see other contestants were taken aback too. After about a 30-minute break the matches resumed and we saw some more great matches.
All in all, watching the tournament was inspiring. I think I'll be dusting off my boxing gloves this spring..
have fun watching! :-)
Please note that if you delete one of your photos, it will be purged from the system completely! That means that the photo will disappear from any message that you have attached it to.
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Coming up next: the ability to mark guys you have fought before! This is one of the features that have been requested by many people.
Also, for the self-control impaired there will be a blocking feature. I don't expect it to be much used, I just want cyber feuds from other sites from spilling over to allfighters. Once you block a user, he won't be able to message you anymore.
And now for some statistics: In case you haven't noticed, we have recently passed 500 members and delivered over 16 thousand messages. The blogs are a little underused: there are only 50 blog entries at the time of writing.
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I recently spent a weekend up in London which is quite a long way for me, but it did give me the chance to get to two of Iain's wrestling sessions in his purpose built wrestling clubhouse. The first session was an erotic 'rip and strip' session on the Saturday evening. I arrived to find the lights turned low and as my eyes adjusted to the gloom I became aware of a few naked bodies standing around, but as yet no action had started. Feeling keen, I slipped out of my cloths and challenged one the naked bodies to a fight. I hadnt wrestled for a while and it felt good to be in skin to skin combat again, soon getting slippery with sweat as we each struggled to find possibilities for submission holds. Once we got started, others paired up and there were soon several of us at it. Then we started on the rip and strip, something that I had never done before. Not wanting to sacrifice either of the two swim trunks I posess, I had brought along a few pairs of old underpants that had seen better days. As Ian had suggested, I had snipped the waistbands in a few places to give the opposition a fair chance, modern underpants are otherwise almost indestructable. I soon found that rip and strip can become quite competitive, the objective differs from the submission/pin wrestling, but when it gets competitive it still demands concentration and effort to block your oponent from grabbing your pants while at the same time trying to get a grip on his. I also challenged a couple of guys to a round of rip and strip as a 2 onto 1 match, suggesting they see how quickly they could get my pants down and right off over my feet. They were both at least my size, so I didnt expect to last long, but actually it took them a lot longer than I expected. I hadn't wrestled 2 onto 1 before, although I had often thought it would be fun to try. I soon found that with 2 guys attacking you, you are only going to be wrestling defensively, and with all your efforts being concentrated on defence you may well hold out longer than you might expect, at least thats how I found it, from that one experience. If I might say so, my oponents had not planed their attack very well. Eventually they got me down with one of them pinning me on my back and more or less controling my arms. The other was trying to get my pants off, but because I was on my back it was easy for me to make it really difficult for him by kicking with my legs and bucking about. If they has forced me down on my chest, then if necessary twisted my arms behind my back, I think I would have been pretty helpless and those pants off in no time - just the way the body bends in the middle. I did find that whole Saturday evening session good fun and certainly erotic at times, although it did not develop into the full blown orgy one might have expected, another time who knows. The Sunday session that weekend, was quite different, being a proper training session plus the chance to do a few competitive rounds. Apart from Iain the instructor, only me and one other turned up, that other being M. who I have wrestled before a few times and who generaly gives me a good scrap. It is a pity that Iain's meetings do not always get the attendence that Iain would like to see, but with just two of us we did get some intensive tuition. Without going into details, (wouldnt want to give away too many secrets) Iain started by explaining three ways to counter a side headlock. As a novice, I thought that once you are in a side headlock your head just goes wherever your oponent wants it to go, which is usually down on the mat. I now know that it doesnt have to be that way. Then we looked at a few other holds and countermeasures and M. and I practiced them on each other. Finally M and I did a couple of long and exhausting rounds of subs/pins and we got one sub each, a nice result. I can recommend Ian's meetings, well worth a try if you are within range of SE London, he has a yahoo group called SpeedoWrestlers.
It's been a while since I drew anything. I guess I was busy with other stuff. I'm a little rusty.
Here's a sketch I did tonight.
Looks like I should study anatomy more...
I'm delighted to announce that the French version of AllFighters is completed. This is all thanks to the hard work of our member, ladron fr! All this international cooperation is giving me a warm feeling... :)
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