3/30/2012 4:11pm, #171
3/30/2012 4:13pm, #172
3/30/2012 4:52pm, #173
ermghoti is easily impressed.GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
3/30/2012 4:55pm, #174
3/30/2012 5:01pm, #175
I got a question for you, the ghoti part of your name, that didn't come from the English pronunciation thing/ game for "fish" did it? I just saw it again on the net recently and thought of you.GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
3/30/2012 10:23pm, #176
3/30/2012 11:10pm, #177
Brother Daniel, I organize the Boston throwdowns, and though I'm not sure exactly how it's done in the UK, we meet up at a local gym, everyone signs a waiver, and pays a mat fee (usually $10 or $15) to the gym, and bring their own mouthpiece and cup.
Most gyms rent out handwraps, and shinpads and things. You might want to check that out prior to attendance. You can bring your own, if you have them, but most gyms, from my experience will at least let you borrow or rent shinguards.
Everyone is friendly or at least cordial in person, without exception (it's a prerequisite for attendance here). That doesn't mean people don't spar hard, it just means no **** talking/threats etc beyond jokes between friends.
Anyone grappling/sparring agrees with the other person on contact/pressure levels, and as it's filmed, there's a good incentive to not go beyond/outside those agreed-upon levels. I've organized quite a few here, and we've never had a problem. Nor have I seen one on the videos from Throwdowns around the world.
As long as you pay the mat fee, to my knowledge there's no participation minimum. If you want to come, sign the waiver, and just watch, or ask fellow attendees for advice/tips on sparring/grappling that's fine.
The idea is for us to safely pressure test ourselves against resisting opponents, and gauge our skillset against people we're not familiar with. I suppose actually you could just push hands or hit the bag/pads if you wanted. Ego free is just that. I've made some very good friends at these things, and grabbing some food or a beer afterward is a great experience.
I know Bullshido posters are called Bullies, and the events Throwdowns, but it's more like "you-pick-the-contact-level" sparring/grappling followed by an evening out with fellow posters, now friends. Good stuff man. I wouldn't waste my time/money with it if it wasn't. I generally don't go out, if I'm not in the show.
3/31/2012 4:59am, #178
You might even stick around this site after that and contribute in meaningful and insightful ways based on your experience, while learning from the experience of others.
It's win-win, the way I see it.
3/31/2012 9:25am, #179
He's waiting for the dinner and drinks part of the TD. Apparently, according to most _ing _un practitioners, it only works on drunks.
3/31/2012 12:00pm, #180
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