Ok, call me shallow. But I think many of us can be guilty of being shallow when it comes to muscle and wrestling. While we each have our own reasons why we wrestle, there’s plenty of common ground that we all share. We like the aggression. We like the primal, man on man contact. We like the battle between two men. I agree with all of that. Now this is where I will come off a shallow. Muscle. A great body. And a guy who knows how to use his physique in a match. The allure of wrestling for me is to test out another man’s muscle to see what they can do. Yes, I know. I know. We are more than just our physiques. And I DEFINITELY know that wrestling is won in large part by the strategy in which we use against our opponent. Sheer strength doesn’t decide a match; nor does a bigger set of pecs mean you’re gonna win. But, let’s face it, there’s a part of us all that gets a little weak when it comes to a great physique.
There’s just something about a hot guy sporting a hot body that elevates a match for me. This doesn’t mean that I expect my opponents to be fitness models. Face it, they look good, but not many of us get to actually see a fitness model on the street, let alone on the mats. But I like a guy who is no stranger to the gym and one who is not ashamed to let that muscle do some talking once we step onto the mats. For me, a built guy makes me want to be a better wrestler. It automatically makes me kick into my A Game.
In my own matches I’ve witnessed how the lure and allure of a decent physique can give a man the upper hand. There have been times when I meet an opponent, take off my shirt and get into gear when they automatically assume that I will completely dominate them on the sole attribute of being in shape. I’ll use that to my advantage and I don’t mind stooping to some pre-match flexing to further psyche a guy out. It’s like muscle is that secret ingredient that guys just crave to feel while they are wrestling. On the flip side, I’ve been the guy that drools when an opponent shows off their body. Somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind, I want to feel them use that muscle and power to take control. I hate to admit it, but there’s always that sense that the better built man SHOULD win.
But that’s not how wrestling works. Despite the initial impression – ok, let’s call it was it is – muscle lust – sets in and you settle into the match, the mix of skill, strategy and strength are what leads to the win. Talent wins. Muscle doesn’t guarantee a victory.
Finally, for me, I prefer to wrestle a guy who is fit, mature, athletic and confident. Yes, muscular helps, but I want them to know how to wrestle. I know we all come in different shapes and sizes, and I’ve wrestled the gamut – but my heart gets racing when my opponent has a good set of pecs and guns. It’s one of the things that drew me back in wrestling. I’d see a hot guy on the street and I couldn’t help but wonder how’ I’d do against him. Muscle has its allure.
Today marks exactly seven months until I board a plane and head off to University for three years (if all goes to plan this time around). This doesn't include my couple of weeks in Zimbabwe, which takes out a chunk of the summer!
Unfortunately it means I will be taking a break from wrestling as I will be focusing on my future. For me, wrestling is down the pecking order when it comes to priorities.
I've met a couple of decent guys on here since last year and have one or two more to meet (you know who you are) but it dawned on me today that I cannot waste another moment. I'm cramming my schedule for the next few months!
This is fictional. I’d be very interested in feedback. Thanks.
I’d always been interested in wrestling. As a young lad, I use to watch world of sport on a Saturday afternoon, cheering for the good guys. Booing the bad ones.
In my teens, I use to go every Saturday night to watch them live. The noise, the excitement. It was great! Time passed. Now in my 40s, I realised that I wanted to give wrestling a try and started looking at various web sites. I was in pretty good shape, going to the gym 3 - 4 times a week. I didn't smoke or drink. I felt my 5’ 10’ frame wasn't too bad. Many of them seemed to be directed at gay guys. Now, I’ve nothing against gay men. I just didn't fancy striping down to a pair of trunks and climbing into a ring with them!
I saw and ad for a gym not to far from me.
“ Ex-professional wrestler. Training available. Own mats and ring. Beginners welcome “
There was a number. I decided to give it a ring. It was a recorded message.
“ Owen Clark here. Leave your number and I’ll get back to you asap “
The voice sounded friendly. I left my name and number and said I was interested in lessons and could he get back to me. It was sometime the following afternoon when my phone rang and it was Owen.
“ Am I speaking to John? “
“ Hi “ I said. “ Is that Owen? “
It was and we chatted for about 20 mins. I was asked if I had any experience, my weight and height a my measurements ( chest, waist and boot size ). When I asked Owen why he needed to know this, he explained that it enabled him to work out exactly what we could in our lessons. He also explained that the gym he used was in his own house and he plenty of spare gear that he encouraged first timers to wear. He said that wearing the right boots and singlets let people get the real feeling of what of was like to get in the ring and fight. We arranged that I come over to his that weekend.
He suggested some sites for me to look at, so I could familiarize myself with some of the holds and moves. I spent a couple of hours looking at full nelsons, pile drivers and various submission holds. Looking at the guys in the tall boots and tight singlets and trunks, make me feel a little uneasy. I found I had a boner! I dismissed it, putting it down to thinking of a girl I was chatting to earlier in the day.
Saturday arrived. I set off to Owen’s. The house was at the end of a long lane. It was quite a place! The house was set in quite a large, well kept garden. I parked up and just as I was getting my bag out of the car, the front door opened and a guy came out. The was about 6 ‘ 2’, very well built and in total control. He had a no 2 crop hair cut and the bluest eyes.He walked over, his large hand out ready to shake.
“ John, welcome. I hope you found it without much trouble? “
I stammered a reply and was lead into a very impressive entrance hall.
Owen turned to me.
“ what say we have a drink and then I show you the gear I think will be ok for you and we’ll get started? “
He lead me into a bright, airy kitchen and poured us both a drink of fresh orange juice.
He chatted away about various things but I wasn't really paying attention. My eyes kept looking at his large, strong hands. What the hell was wrong with me!
“ so we’ll go now? “ Owen asked. I nodded and followed Owen to the back of the house.
“ I had this built a couple of years ago. What do you think? “ Owen asked.
He had lead me into a large, bright conservatory. At one side was a range of free weights and various fitness machines. On the other, a wrestling ring and matted area at the side. On some chairs, there was various pairs of boots and singlets.
“ You chose which things you would like to wear" Owen said. “I’ll just go and get myself ready.”
He then walked a back into the house. I looked at the boots and singlets. I chose a red singlet and a pair of tall, black boots. I’d never wore anything like this before and when putting the boots on, felt a thrill run up and down my body. Just then, Owen returned. He was all in black, black boots, black singlet and even a black mask. Without saying a word, he pointed to the ring.
I climbed in the ring and stood uncertain of what to do. Before I could do anything, Owen had grabbed my arm, put it into a lock and was forcing me down onto the canvas!
“ You need to react quicker than that “ Owen said and next thing I knew, he wrapped his legs around my body and was starting to squeeze! I tried in vain to push his legs off me. It was trying to push two logs! The pressure increased. Suddenly, Owen grabbed my balls!
“ What the fuck are you doing “ I yelled at him.
“ Only what you have wanted me to do since you walked through the door “ Owen sneered at me. “ I saw how you was checking my hands as we talked. I knew where you wanted those hands to end up! “
He released me from his legs. My chest was sore from the pressure he’d put on it. I didn't have much of a rest. Owen was at me again.
“ Let me show you one of my favourite moves” he said.
I found myself grabbed again. Owen put one of his legs in front of mine, his arm round my neck and started to bend me back.
“ This is called a grapevine. It allows me to stretch you back, fully held but leaving my right arm free to do as I like “
Owen put a ab grab on. The pain was intense! I moaned as he dug his fingers hard into my abs. Then the punching started! Blow after blow! My abs were turning to jelly! He dropped me to the canvas.
“ Time for another one of my fav holds. You're gonna like this one “
Owen turned me over so I was face down. He stood behind my knees and somehow caught my feet round his legs. He then grabbed my arms and pulled me so my back was arched. I suddenly realized what he was going to do! He was going to put me in a surfboard! He pulled back and I found myself looking at the ceiling! I think I screamed out in pain. My back felt it was breaking! I was begging him to stop and put me down. All I could hear was his low laughter.
“ You want out of this “ Owen asked.
“ Yes please. I’ll do anything “I managed to gasp.
He lowered me to the canvas and ordered me to kneel in front of him. Without taking his eyes off mine, he slowly began to peel off his singlet. He was much more muscled than I realised. He let the singlet drop to the floor and stepped out of it.
“ strip “ He ordered.
My hands were trembling as I took off the singlet and let it drop to the floor. He slowly walked round me, sometimes running his hand over parts of my body. The one thing that I couldn't understand we're my feelings. He I was, naked apart from a pair of tall boots. Being touched by a naked guy, who could break me in half if he wanted to. Did I feel frightened? No. Did I feel excited? Yes! Owen was now stood in front of me. He put his hands on my chest and slowly started to rip my nipples. A shiver went straight down my back.
“ You seem to like that John “ he said. All I could do was let out a moan. It felt so good! He took one hand off my chest and dropped it to my now hard cock. He began to slowly wank me off.
“ Please don't “ I managed to say.
Owen laughed quietly. “ Don't worry “ he said “ I have a much better way to make you cum. I'll save that for later “
Owen took my hand and guided to his own, large cock. I could only just get my hand round it. Hold my wrist, he guided my hand up and down his manhood.
“ Now. Down on your knees again “
Owen put his large hands on my shoulders and pushed down. He took his cock in one hand and his other hand, on the back of my head.
Owen put the head of his cock to my lips. I looked up at him, my eyes pleading.
“ Open the fuck up now! “ Owen snapped at me.
I was shaking. Slap! Owen’s hand landed hard into the side of my face. As I opened my mouth to cry out, Owen slid the bell end of his cock into my mouth.
“ If I feel your teeth on my cock, cunt, you're gonna my fist next time “
He slowly started to move his cock in and out of my mouth, going deeper each time. My mind had shut down. All that mattered was this guy invading my mouth. As I was getting use to sucking his cock, he began to rub my cock with the sole of his boot. I felt myself becoming hard.
He withdrew his cock from my mouth and told me to stand.
“ Something down here enjoyed having my boot on it “ He joked, suddenly bringing his boot up and rubbing my balls along the length of it.
He put his arms round me, I tensed, waiting for a bearhug.
“ Don't worry. I’m not going to hurt you, John “He lowered his mouth to mine and started to kiss me. His hands traveled up and down my back, as his kiss became harder.
He whispered in my ear.
“ I want you John. I promise l’ll take it slow “
At this point, I was past caring! I’d come to this stranger's house, dressed in gear I never would have thought of wearing, been used like a doll in the ring and was now leaking more pre cum with a harder cock I had ever had in my life before. What else could happen!
Owen started to lead me to a corner of the ring. He turned him round, placing my back against the post. He took my face in his hands and stared hard into my face.
“ Do you trust me John? “ he asked.
I don't know why but I nodded.
“ Good. That will make what I’m about to do a lot easier. “ Owen said.
He put his hands under my arms and picked me up and put my legs through the middle ropes and my arms over the top ropes. He then knelt down between my legs and took my cock into his mouth. He deep throated me till I was pleading him to let me cum.
“ I want to taste your juice John. “ Owen moaned. “ Tell me when you're about shoot! “
I couldn't hold it any longer. I told Owen to get ready. I suddenly started jerking, gushing into Owen’s mouth. I never in my life had cum as much as this! It seemed to be going on forever! Owen let some of my cum dribble onto his hand. I felt him start to rub it into my arsehole. Then slowly, talking softy all the while, he began to open my hole with his fingers. It felt so good!
“ Listen to me John. I’m going to start to fuck you “ Owen said. “ I’m going to go slow and take it easy. If you want me to stop, just say so “
I then felt the head of his cock start to make it's way into my hole. It hurt at first but true to his word , he took it slow. By now I had half his cock inside me.
“ I’m going to get a little faster now “ Owen breathed into my ear “ just tell me if you want me to stop, ok? “
I nodded. He was really ramming it home now. His breathing was getting faster. My own cock, which had just cum more than ever before, was rock hard again. Owen was shouting, not words, more like animal sounds. Suddenly, he stiffened and let out his loudest yell yet! He started cumming. Spurt after spurt of hot, wet cum was going into me. Then I felt myself explode, cum covering both our chests and stomachs. Owen slowly freed me from the ropes and gently laid me down on the canvas. We lay next to each other, not speaking, content with each other.
As far as a wrestling lesson, it taught me so much more!
First, and above all, I had fun. Definitely.
I'll write first about the hotel. If you sign up for WrestleFest you make your own arrangements but it suited me to stay at the Penn Hotel. It's a time-warp. I had an enormous room with a sitting room attached (I hadn't expected that). I was comfortable and had all the space I needed to meet people I'd planned to meet and, indeed, sometimes, while I just lay chastely on my bed reading, I was able, unexpectedly, to host other guys' fights in my unexpected "spare room"! I met some interesting people! Yes: it was fun.
Next, I want to say how much I appreciate the work done by the organiser(s). It's true that we all made our arrangements as individuals, including booking accommodation, but the whole thing needed to be set up. I had several e-mails to and fro with the organisers and with more people than ever signing up this year, their work behind the scenes should not be underestimated. THANK YOU!
So - the people, the wrestling.
I had a great time and enjoyed every meeting. One guy I'd been in contact with for ages and this was the first time we'd met in person. Great guy: our first meeting in the flesh was easy and fun. I met a guy from back home in the UK. Sort of surreal to go to New York to meet him but we laughed such a lot and will certainly be meeting again, back home. Someone I'd contacted just on the off-chance that though he is less than half my age he might be prepared to meet me proved to be another highlight. I have a new friend!
Mostly, the setting-up of meetings went well. A couple of guys responded politely to my request for a meeting with a simple "thanks but no thanks" ... and I respect their politeness. One or two others didn't trouble to reply at all, which was disappointing. (One of my chaps DID meet one of them, quite a famous wrestler, so I asked my friend to give bad, impolite guy an extra squeeze for me!) I had to cancel one meeting as it was on my last morning before flying home and it would have cost me an extra 100$+ to keep my room beyond normal check-out time; I asked him to excuse a late cancellation. Actually, since he hasn't logged into the MF site for a good few days I guess this meeting might in any case have resulted in a "no show" on his part so I don't feel too bad. Another guy didn't turn up but contacted me after the putative event - so all is forgiven. There's always next year.
I confess that I took things pretty easily. New York is New York so you can't spend days at a time closeted in a hotel wrestling (can you?). I divided my time between meetings for a gentle wrestle, lying on my bed reading, and going out for great walks in a great part of the city that never sleeps.
Others seem to have had a very full fight card and came away exhausted. It became plain to me that some people were there for wrestling ... some for "other things". But it was all very purposeful and, during this, my first such meet, I met some nice people and had some good conversation.
I'd go again.
From a site which tries to determine one's BDSM proclivities by answers to well over a hundred questions, these are the stats for me: Some seem to correlate with my wrestling tastes. I think it underestimated my desires to tame unruly brats of any age [Picture, February 2017]
81% Primal (Hunter)
32% Brat tamer
13% Primal (Prey)
6% Rope bunny
I'd like to thank the following for taking the time and trouble to come to the meeting I arranged at Pippas on 18th February....
I think it can be said, we had a fun afternoon wrestling each other!
I've now met some really amazing lads to add to the friends I've already made through this site!
Despite the intolerable traffic getting to Manchester, I'd like to think it was worth the while setting it all up - and those (who will remain nameless) that refused my invite to attend - you missed a great meet which was friendly, relaxed and fun-filled!
The social time that was spent that evening with a couple of guys was not only fun but made my trip so much more enjoyable (the guys who came know who they are!!)
I'd also like to thank Pippa L'Vinn for making the hire of her venue so easy and trouble-free!
If I can set up another later in the year, I hope some (or all) can return!!
All said and done, I would say despite everything I had a great time and would like to think I've added some new friends and hope I get to see them again real soon!!
In Japan, February 19 is Pro-Wrestling Day. This commemorates the first international pro-wrestling match ever held in Japan. That match involved Rikidozan (considered as the father of Japanese pro-wrestling and Masahiko Kimura (the man who popularized the famed Kimura lock) teaming up against the Sharpe brothers.
Anyway, I just wanted to wish a happy Pro-Wrestling Day.
i will be having an operation early May so will be out of the scene before, during [naturally!] and for some time after.
While I am 'out of commission' the profile will be temporarily suspended.
While my back holds together I am going to take as many chances to wrestle as many opponents as I can. The 'window of opportunity may not be a big one, So I am hoping to tour New Zealand in [the southern] Spring and some Asian countries in early 2018. If still going OK, the West Coast US and Canada in the second half [northern Fall] of 2018,
Keep strong guys....
Darren 'the Natureboy' Rix
I spent a good deal of time trying to meet guys on here with no luck. It just seems an awful lot of work to get maybes and ifs, or "i am too busy" excuses all the time. The top excuse also seems to be that I am "too good" and fear that I am going to beat the crap out of people. Funny, because if you notice from my profile, I am looking for erotic wrestling in singlets or spandex and don't really mention much about going at you hard or hurting anyone. But, 'tis no fault of mine for trying, and I certainly do not discount that people have things to do and lack money. We all have things to do, some of us have less money, but when we want something we go get it. I didn't want to be fat, so i did something about it. I wanted to wrestle, so I went and drove 3 to 4 hours away to compete, knowing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the sport or how to do it. I may not be those guys people here lust after (the real high school or college wrestlers, or those "real wrestlers" from the various video sites), but I compete, train, and know how tough the sport is currently while still being gay and being into spandex, and all those things many of you on here enjoy as well.
But I am going to focus on my competitions now and try and achieve a few goals I have been slacking on, namely because I have been so intent on wanting to find a partner on these sites. If you are still interested in meeting me, it will be difficult as my tournaments will be on weekends but I can free up time for those who really are going to show and don't come up with excuses. I think I am a pretty great guy when you get to know me, and if anything, i fit the bill when it comes to being a true fighter and wrestler. Wish me luck, or don't. Like my blog, or be that one guy who likes to hit "dislike." He can be as anonymous as he wants to but to him i say this: haters are going to hate and never going to get anywhere else in life for it. I am here, I am doing my thing, and too bad if you think i am a jerk for having opinions. Ciao for now.
WHAT IS BRIT PRO WRESTLING?
Given there is always a bit of understandable ambiguity about brit pro style wrestling I thought I would give my interpretation of it to see how it lands with other wrestlers and also to understand compatibility with opponents.
Brit pro wrestling pretty much relates to World Of Sport style professional wrestling which was popular in the UK in the 1960's and 1970's. It is usually revered in the US given the technical ability of the wrestlers as well as some of the improvisation which makes it exciting as a style.
A big part of brit pro wrestling is in how you turn up for the party, which in itself creates an atmosphere and subculture for the sport. You can usually tell other brit pro wrestlers as they tend towards trunks and boots and usually a track suit top to complement. As one of my rivals on here puts it: "it's like a declaration". For me this is an important part of creating the right vibe between wrestlers. Some prefer leotards, some prefer tights but overall the dress code is pretty well understood.
WHAT BRIT PRO IS NOT
1. Submission Wrestling
The idea of submission wrestling is to make your opponent submit at the first opportunity and it is usually 100% competitive in as much as all the holds are genuine and much of the time you are cancelling each other out with effort. Matches are usually, but not always short and the intensity is high.
WHAT BRIT PRO IS NOT
2. Role Playing
Professional wrestling is a spectacle and usually one for television where moves are designed to look good in an arena and matches are designed to tell stories that an audience can latch onto. Quite often in matches wrestlers take on roles of "heels" or "jobbers" as part of a tight or loosely scripted match. This is analogous to dominant or submission tendencies in wrestlers which set a dynamic for a match. In some cases, moves and holds are acted out or they are applied with some intensity depending on the desires of the participants but the outcome is pretty much set around those roles.
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS BRIT PRO?...
The Competitive Dynamic Of Give & Take Wrestling
Brit pro is somewhere between submission wrestling and roleplaying as described above and where exactly it sits depends on the wrestlers involved and their approach to a match.
Brit pro is actually cooperative and competitive at the same time and that's what makes it particularly interesting and attractive as a style of wrestling. Not as intense and "all out" as submission wrestling and not as predetermined nor artificial as roleplaying. The part of brit pro that is 'pro style' is the expectation that you have to work on your opponent over the course of the match in order to be able to eventually force him to submit or pin him for the three count. In submission wrestling you do this at your earliest opportunity, in role playing you do it when you both agree.. or usually when a heel decides.
SO HOW IS IT COMPETITIVE?...
It's all in how you "give and take" when you wrestle. In the best matches neither wrestler is passive and it is not about the 'taking turns' in applying holds or executing moves. For me the "give and take" element is about how you exchange control in a match and good brit pro wrestling is all about control within certain constraints.
The Give ... Of Give & Take
Wrestling is all about being able to apply holds on your opponent and to keep him under control, either through controlling his body position, controlling how much pain you can apply to him and how you can vary that level of intensity in a hold. The more you can do this in a match then the more you are likely to demonstrate you deserve to win. This is all part of the process of weakening your opponent methodically, either through the use of many different holds, chains of similar holds or variations of the same hold. Either way you are 'scoring points' that contribute towards winning a match. Most of the time a wrestler is looking to weaken a particular body part in order to eventually make it easier to score a submission or get a pin.
The & ... Of Give & Take
The exchange of control in a match is down to the level of intensity there is between wrestlers. Where brit pro is very different to submission wrestling is that you are expected to move together to facilitate more variation in the dynamics of a match. This would be completely against the rigidity of submission wrestling and the predetermination of role playing. How you move together in brit pro helps to do different things: (1) helps an attacking wrestler transition to different holds and moves to keep up an attack (2) helps a defending wrestler to move in a hold in a certain way to validate an escape (3) helps both wrestlers move together to facilitate a reversal.... this all depends on how both wrestlers dial things up and down in a match and can be the most fascinating part of a bout and is a way for both wrestlers to demonstrate their skills and change the intensity of a match. One of the attractions to brit pro is that there is usually a much larger repertoire of holds used and much more experimentation in holds which makes it good to watch and participate. The style usually stops short of the theatrical flying around that happens in role playing or completely choreographed matches.
The Take ... Of Give & Take
Part of what makes brit pro wrestling tough is the ability to absorb pain and treatment in holds as both wrestlers look to weaken each other and make a claim on the match. Part of being 'safe and sane' in brit pro is to avoid sudden deliberately violent movements so all holds are applied progressively, but this doesn't mean they are not applied. Part of what makes a contest interesting is how wrestlers dial up and down the intensity of a hold to make a point to their opponent which is all about control again. This is usually done through gestures and verbal exchanges which is what makes brit pro unique.
The Language Of Give & Take In Brit Pro Wrestling
In order to manage the give and take of control and treatment in a wrestling bout, there is usually a lot of communication between both wrestlers and this is essential to brit pro: in submission wrestling it is usually pretty silent and in role playing it is purely theatrical. In brit pro it is vital both wrestlers know where a hold is to avoid injury and when to move together to progress the match. The attacking wrestler is asking his opponent if he submits way more often to get a read on his response to set a hold in a way that is not too comfortable to be passive and not too uncomfortable to get an immediate submission. The wrestler caught in the hold has to communicate back through the intensity of his 'no's', the intensity of his slaps on the mat, taps to his opponents body or any other gesture. This way both wrestlers contribute to the control of the match and allows holds to be applied sincerely and deliberately but also safely.
Verbal exchanges also set the tone of a match and allows both wrestlers to use their psychology on each other as part of the contest. I have experienced different styles when it comes to verbal...
1. Trash Talking
It can be an escape for both wrestlers to allow themselves to amp up the intensity in how personal a match can be if they both want to go there. Good trash talking isn't easy and Brits tend to be crap at it, we are too fucking polite so this can be a good departure. It needs to be creative though but is all about getting inside your opponents head and is by no means the only way to do this. It can be much more subtle...
2. Active Verbal
Not as personal as trash talking but very direct and very much both wrestlers engaging each other directly in how they punctuate their holds and ask for submissions as well as refuse them.
3. Passive Verbal
Sometimes the dynamic of a match is set the other way by not addressing each other at all and doing it via a referee... even if there isn't one... or to the audience... again... even if there isn't one. The intention is more to treat your opponent in a way that they could be anyone.
Matches have dynamics and verbal exchanges can ebb and flow over a match and you could have all three of the above and more. This is down to the kind of chemistry you want to create and all opponents have different personalities which amount to different vibes each time. What is true every time is that verbal exchanges are essential to how a brit pro bout works.
At some point in a match one wrestler will feel they have won enough control in a match to get to a hold where they will urge their opponent to submit. They may also catch their opponent out skilfully in a particular hold where a submission is much more likely and force the issue that way, even if they haven't had the best of the match. Pins can also be used in a similar way as a result of enough genuine wear down or through being able to obtain a particular move through skill and wit. Either way matches are won through 'negotiating' your way through this by how you have managed to work over or catch out an opponent. Not all matches are going to be fair either and that's part of the dynamic. More than a handful of sports can end up with skewed outcomes so it goes with the territory and keeps it intriguing.
OTHER FEATURES OF BRIT PRO: ROUNDS
Usually more associated with boxing, brit pro matches are usually set in rounds with a standard of 8 rounds of 5 minutes each with a rest period of 45-60 seconds. Rounds and times of rounds can vary to what works. Either way this has a major impact on the dynamic of a match:
1. It stops one wrestler grinding down the match over a prolonged length of time as can be the case in submission wrestling, which is part of the point of submission wrestling but not brit pro.
2. It breaks up the wrestling so there are at least 8 standing starts so both wrestlers have more of a chance to impose themselves on the match in different ways that give it more range and variation.
3. It contributes significantly to the pacing of a match so both wrestlers are focused on sessions of five minutes to impose themselves and look to weaken their opponent. This can make the action more fast pace in some instances but can also lead to prolonged periods of control by one wrestler if he wants to try and slow an opponent down. Like any sport trying to set and determine the pace is a big part of how you compete and rounds give more variation in that.
OTHER FEATURES OF BRIT PRO: 10 COUNTS
Another feature more associated with boxing and another way in which wrestlers can approach a match to impose themselves. If you ground your opponent you can follow up your move like you would in any other style of wrestling. However, in brit pro you if you don't follow up your opponent is subject to a 10-count, in which time he has to come back to his feet to avoid a knockout decision. Once the wrestler subject to the count has one foot on the canvas, his opponent can follow up which keeps the advantage with the attacking wrestler. This allows a wrestler to control a match through throws, impact moves such as body slams and postings as he tries to slow his opponent down. Sometimes after attempting an unsuccessful submission the attacking wrestler might also decide to break and resume standing, in which case both wrestlers are subject to a count until they are both on their feet and set to resume. How you use the counts in a match is part of how you compete and dictate the pace in brit pro.
OTHER FEATURES OF BRIT PRO: EROTIC
For most brit pro wrestlers, this style of wrestling is inherently horny, hence it is on this site. Often wrestlers are stimulated during a contest so it can be agreed to apply the principle that if you have your opponent hard then you can use it against him by combining wrestling holds with holds and grips to the cock which can be agreed between both wrestlers. There is absolutely nothing mandatory about this and is down to the tastes and chemistry of those involved. When done in the right way it stays true to the atmosphere of competitive wrestling and can up the ante in terms of skill level and intensity. What seems to count for most people is that it isn't an open door for wrestling to become something else; again unless that is what both wrestlers want. In which case, fine.
OTHER MANDATORIES TO MAKE A GOOD MATCH SAFE, SANE AND SENSATIONAL
1. Safe Word
Nobody knows everything and with the best will in the world shit can go sideways. A simple safe word goes a long way and is an insurance policy for both wrestlers. "STOP" tends to work well and takes everyone out of the moment and focused on the right thing. There was a saying in pro style that the person you are in the ring with is your best friend for that time in the ring... otherwise you should not be in the ring. It also allows both wrestlers to ramp up the intensity and set the boundaries organically.
2. Hand Shakes
You can't do a martial art without bowing and there is a reason for that. This ain't MA but at least a handshake conveys the right thing. One before and one after the match every time, at least. Then in between time treat it as a fight as much as you like to, the handshake is there to show that you both acknowledge that and have each others best interest at heart even when you are trying to fuck them up just a bit. The best matches are sporting matches where both wrestlers want to show each other what they can do, have a genuine interest in winning and to be generous enough to know how to lose if they have been out wrestled. Making the match a great experience for both is the most important aspect of brit pro and a hand shake is a bond to commit to that. Nothing contributes more to a bad experience than a bad loser or a bad winner as well as people who are not being genuine about what they are getting from a match and manipulating accordingly. Shake hands. Be genuine.
Never think it is wasted time being clear on what is in and out of bounds, a 'dirty move' for one person could be an assassination attempt to another. Being clear about the following helps to make a match work. (1) physical conditions: make it clear that anything abrupt to a specific part of the body could aggravate an injury so set some boundaries and try things before actually matching to read each other's bodies (2) "illegal moves": be clear on what is illegal, punching, head butting, which strikes are acceptable and to where... what type of hair pulling ... etc etc... being 'rough' isn't just about the kind of moves allowed but also the way in which they are used. (3) erotic holds: everyone has a different tolerance level and should be respected, different vibes make different matches so be clear at the outset, opportunism is a bad strategy.
Well if you got this far you must have time on your hands, must be bored or you are pretty much into this style of wrestling. This is what I think people mean when they 'get it' with this style and why they enjoy doing it. Yes it is competitive but just in a different way, there is more going on, more creativity, at least as much skill and in some cases more and really can be a blast. If this all makes sense to you then we are probably well suited opponents. If it doesn't then good luck in what you are doing and I hope it continues to work well for you.
Interested in comments, disagreements etc.