McKenzie review by Spidey (August 2017)

McKenzie 1-0 Spidey (rematch August 2017)

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This has actually been a quiet year for me with only 20 matches in the first 7 months of 2017.  There are plenty of athletes on my hit list so the fact that I am having a rematch with McKenzie less than a month after our first match should tell you that she is a special athlete.  The fact is that our first match was so enjoyable that I wanted a rematch sooner rather than later.  On the night she messaged me on twitter to say she was in the area early so I met her at the station and we walked up to Camden where MWM is located.  We were still a bit early so we went to the pub around the corner and met Alfie the cat while having a drink.  Cam text to say she was at the studio so we went up and got ready for the session while having a bit of a catch up with Cam.

McKenzie wore a one piece red costume for the match.  We posed for some pre match photos before warming up and then having a pre match stare down.  We were ready and got down on our knees to start the match.  McKenzie went straight for my neck / shoulders and pulled me down onto the mats and was looking for the full mount position from the outset.  I managed to capture one of her legs in my half guard but only below the knee and she soon freed it and was looking to regain the full mount position.  I struggled hard and kept her off balanced, I wanted a high tempo to try and tire her out.  My plan was to work hard and sneak a winning point at the end when McKenzie got tired.  She worked her way up into a school girl pin position and was just reaching behind my head to roll into a head scissors when I managed to pull clear.  Luckily for me, McKenzie did not have a firm enough grip around the back of my head which meant the head scissors did not really start.

Soon McKenzie had my back and was going for a rear naked choke, I was removing one arm and then the other arm, slowly but firmly to make sure my throat was clear.  I managed to turn half round, but McKenzie pushed me down on my side commenting that I was like a foetus as I lay curled up at her knees trying to prevent her from getting any of my limbs.

McKenzie was getting frustrated with my defence as I manages to resist her grapevine attempt and keep my airways clear of her smother attempts.  I was using my half guard to prevent her getting the full mount position and we were both breathing heavily with effort as the contest progressed.  She commented that I was a wriggler, certainly I was keeping up a steady pace and was really happy with my conditioning.  McKenzie was keeping up with the pace as well and when I suggested we have water after 15 mins, she said she was happy to keep wrestling for the minute; well I guess she was on top at the time.  As we rolled side-on to each other, I tried to hook my leg around her waist but she raised her leg to prevent me.  Her flexibility is far superior to mine and she managed to keep her leg higher than mine bringing it around mine to gain the full mount position.  She moved up my chest into a school girl pin position, but I pushed her behind over my head and escaped out behind her.  I was up on my knees quick and going after her looking to take her back but McKenzie was demonstrating will power tonight and showed real determination in not letting me get her back.

We were locked in on our knees and my balance gave way first as McKenzie came down on top of me.  She lay on top placing her hands over my mouth to try and smother me.  I managed to turn my head and breath, joking that I could breathe through my ears any way – I can’t.  McKenzie managed to sit on me but it was not a full mount as she was facing my feet rather than my face.  There was really nowhere to go from this position so she slid off to the side and tried to pull one arm into an arm bar, but her legs were never in position and I managed to snatch my arm clear.  I think her best option in this position would have been a bow and arrow manoeuvre but don’t tell her 😉

Halfway through the match and we finally agreed to have a water break, looking at each other in a challenging manner as we took on the beautifully cool and much needed bottled  water.  Back into action and once again it was McKenzie’s attack against my stubborn defence.  McKenzie was on top and I was struggling hard meaning she could not get me in a hold as she was too busy trying to avoid being toppled or rolled.  She commented “you’re a slippery f***er”, I liked her attitude, highly competitive and made us both eager to increase the intensity of the battle.  McKenzie managed to get full mount and roll me into a body scissors.  I got up on my knees with McKenzie still applying the scissors.  I was taking the mick by flexing my biceps while she was scissoring me.  I resisted the scissors using up a lot of her energy.  I was getting the feeling this was going to be my day because my tactics were working.  The score was still 0-0.

She pulled out of the scissors and grabbed one of my feet pulling me across the mats.  She grabbed my other foot and lifted my legs in the air,  I placed the palms of my hands on the ground and raised my butt off the mats, she was now walking me across the mats like a wheel barrow except upside down.  We had a laugh about this for a brief moment and then it was back into action.  McKenzie is getting better all the time and the last time I was showing her moves but this time there was none of that as she put me in a triangle.  I was not feeling too much, I can’t put my finger on why it was not effective and was unable to offer any advice to her at the time.  She had her legs in the right position and was controlling my arm that was bent between her legs beneath my chin.  However, I was just not feeling it so she had to give the move up and try something else.  I suspect she will have perfected the triangle the next time I see her.

McKenzie commented that she gets a good workout against me.  I get a good workout against her too.  One problem was that McKenzie was not tiring as I hoped she would.  Things were not going to plan in that respect for me.  So it was looking like the match was heading for a 0-0 draw until McKenzie pulled me into a head scissors and squeezed it home, looking into my eyes to study the effect her thighs were having on me.  I had to tap.  1-0 to McKenzie.  I checked the clock, time was up, she had won the rematch, we had a hug after then she changed upstairs while I changed downstairs.  We had a nice chat on our way to the station and sat down while waiting for the train.  It was a nice cool evening.  My stop was before her’s, one last hug before I stepped off the train, we waved at each other through the window, it was a great session.  We’ve already agreed to make it the best of five so there will be plenty more battles for me to report on soon.

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McKenzie: review by Spidey (July 2017)

McKenzie 1-0 The Amazing Spider-Mouth

I recently had my first session with McKenzie, a new athlete on the UK scene who has already become very popular doing sessions in London as well as appearing in videos produced in London and Birmingham.  We’d been trying to set up the match for a while but were not able to do so between one thing and another.  When we were able to set the match up it was the day after McKenzie had done a busy day of mixed matches and video work.  This suited me as I am still looking for my first win of 2017.  We had been taunting each other about the impending match for a week or so on social media and the banter had taken a bit of an England v Wales flavour.  So I brought my Welsh football shirt with me to the session as well as a 1996 style England shirt for McKenzie to wear.  I arrived early and had a chat with Cam.  McKenzie arrived and changed into her bikini putting the England shirt on over it.  I was well pleased with the pre match photos.  We warmed up, did a stare down and then got down on our knees to commence battle.

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The match started with McKenzie putting me straight onto my back.  It was an energetic struggle from the outset with me using my half guard to frustrate McKenzie’s attack.  The music channel was blasting out some great tunes as we tussled on the mats.  I managed to avoid being put in grapevines and body scissors early on.  We were both breathing heavily with effort as we rolled from the centre of the mats to the edge of the basement fight arena and back to the centre.  McKenzie was on top most of the early stages and I felt her pressing down hard against me, using up my energy as I struggled to escape.  As I moved out one side of her, she would press me back down on the mats.  At one stage I was inhaling her hair as she was on top trying to work into a position for an Americana.  After 20 minutes we took a break for water with the match still scoreless.

As we were having a break I suggested that McKenzie show me the moves she knows.  She is good at the key lock (I call it an Americana, not sure if they are the same thing or not), rear naked choke and body scissors.  We also went through the grapevine, arm bar, kimoura, triangle and camel clutch.

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Back down on our knees to get back the match proper, in each other’s faces and down grappling on the mats again.  We kept up a stream of banter throughout the match.  I can see this developing into a long term rivalry.  McKenzie got me on my back and sat on my chest looking for the school girl pin.  I managed to push her behind over my head and escape out the back.  McKenzie tried to tickle me but strangely it did not work, normally I am very ticklish.  The only point of the match came just before the end when McKenzie got me with a body scissors.  She deserved the win and big respect to her for taking on this match at the end of a very busy week of matches for her.  The first thing I did at the end of the match was challenge her to a rematch, the first thing she did was accept the challenge.  We went for lunch after with Cam and had a great chat.  She’s an excellent athlete and a very nice person with it, it was a great and most enjoyable session, I recommend her very highly.

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Alfie’s Decathlon – July 2017

The Decathlon 8 “Alfie’s Decathlon”

July 2017

 

The Decathlon involves doing 10 matches over a two day period.  We intend to make it 5 matches each day just as the decathlon in track and field athletics involves 5 disciplines each day.  The latest decathlon event (this is the eighth one) was a bit unbalanced with 3 matches on Friday and 7 matches on Saturday.  It was all set to be 4 and 6 but one of the athletes for day 1 could not make it and the reserve athlete could only do the Saturday.  So why is this Decathlon called Alfie’s Decathlon?  What is the theme?  What is this all about?  Well Alfie is the cat who pretty much runs the pub around the corner from MWM.  Right now you are all thinking that I am really running out of ideas for these decathlon events.  We’ve plenty of good ideas for decathlon events; we have still to do an oil decathlon, a cage decathlon, a costumed superhero decathlon, and there are many more ideas.  The fact is that Alfie is a superstar and we are delighted to this decathlon event in his honour and lunch at his pub is definitely on the agenda.

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0430 alarm goes off, shower, grab my kit, taxi to station and onto the 0512 to London, couple of cups of coffee on the train while on route to London.  Into Paddington before 0800 so sitting down to do a bit of work before heading up to MWM for the 1030 start.  Perfect timing, Cam arrives as I walk up to MWM, we go for another coffee (Cam has a cup of tea), and then enter the studio with Sparkle who is my first opponent.

 

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Sparkle is wearing a very bright colourful costume and so wear the most colourful pair of shorts I have with me and a t shirt.  Sparkle’ scores against me are usually lower than the other athletes’ scores so this was a match I targeted to try and hold out for 0-0.  At the same time, I am trying to pace myself with another 9 matches to do.  Sparkle is strong and is quickly on top looking for grapevine, pin and smother moves.  I struggle beneath while we keep up a conversation about holiday destinations which was prompted by an expedia advert on the big TV above us (random).  Sparkle soon gets me into position and controls me well allowing her to apply a neck hold.  I really want to hold out for 0-0 but I won’t be able to.  Tapping out.  1-0 to Sparkle.  Battling on.  Escaping from a school girl pin.  Escaping from a grapevine attempt.  Sparkle has my back with plenty of options.  Her legs firing over my shoulders from behind and I’m in a head scissors from behind.  Trying to keep my jaw bone between her thighs rather than my neck.  A quick adjustment and Sparkle squeezes again.  I tap.  2-0 to Sparkle.  It’s been a terrific opener to the decathlon and was rounded off by a smother move to make the score 3-0.  Mid-morning and I’ve not had breakfast yet. Cam, Sparkle and I head down a few doors to a Moroccan café and order omelettes.  I do love this part of Camden.

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Alexandress 4-0 Spider-Mouth

Sparkle chats with Cam and myself until my second opponent arrives.  Lot’s to chat about.  Things happening.  Alexandress arriving, slim, smiling, beautiful, lively, this will be the first time I’ve taken her on.  Changed into her one piece bikini, posing for photos, I can’t wait to test her skills and stamina.  On our knees, in each other’s faces, locking up, and we’re down on the mats, rolling around, looking to get into position to take control, laughing, taunting, she protests that I am putting her off, welcome to the Spider-Mouth experience!  Fifteen minutes in, she is doing well and we are really enjoying this, water break.  I offer to show her some moves, her eyes light up, she says yes please.  Showing her the Americana, letting her try and put it on.  Showing her how to do a kimoura, talking her through it.  We also go through the triangle, camel clutch and arm bar, telling her to be careful and not to do the arm bar too suddenly.  Explaining the mechanics of the arm bar to her; how her entire body – arms, back and legs – are working against my elbow joint.  OK – back to the match, let’s see if Alexandress is a quick learner, impressive, she works on an Americana and scores her first point.  She is flexible and able to manoeuvre her legs better than mine and she gets me in a couple of head scissors bringing the score to 3-0.  Back on the mats, she is all over me, I defend well, noticing she is in position to try for a guillotine, I talk her through it, she applies the move and wins the match 4-0.  Finishing off with Alexandress just doing another guillotine to make sure she’s got it right.

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Nikkitta 1-0 Spidey

Today is my 16th match with Nikkitta, she is an athlete I’ve drawn with in the past but in recent times the matches have been very one sided in her favour.  She is a power house, hard training, weights and cardio and she has benefitted from MWM training.  This is not a match I am expecting to win or draw.  Nikkitta arrives looking toned and tanned, smiling and talkative as ever.  Changed, some photos taken, tweeted to the masses tuning into the decathlon on twitter, on the mats and ready to riot.  I’m soon on my back, Nikkitta working hard, clenched teeth and eyes closed as she tries to apply a neck hold.  I keep my neck in a position where I am well able to resist.  I keep my chin over her shoulder to allow me to breathe avoiding her smother attempts.  She switches to the grapevine, a good hard grapevine and I’m tapping out early.  1-0 to Nikkitta.  To my surprise she is breathing heavily and I manage to avoid losing any more points, very pleased with my stamina today.  Nikkitta and I have a chat over an iced coffee before she heads for her bus and I check into my hotel.  A nice room in the Corner House Hotel in Camden.  Dinner at a local restaurant and in bed by 11pm, it’s been a long day with an early start.

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Bullet 9-0 Spider-Mouth

An early start today, strong black coffee, Hmmm Bullet at 0915, she has beaten me in all 12 of our previous matches and I’ve never scored and single point.  The last session I had before this decathlon event was a 15-0 loss to Bullet.  Bullet is the captain of the MWM team for this event has helped train most of the athletes. Opening to door to let her in.  She changes quick and is eager to start the battle.  I defend with everything I’ve got with some of my best ever defensive grappling.  A full 8 minutes passes and I have managed to stifle her attempts to get me with triangles, Americanas and arm bars.   It was not going to last and she has my neck in an awkward position, neck crank, I tap out, 1-0 to Bullet.  We are both sweating after that.  I’m well pleased I held out so long.  A quick drink of water and we’re back into it.  Bullet gets me with an arm triangle, she is good at these, she gets me with these a lot.  2-0.  A straight arm lock and I’m tapping out early. 3-0.  I manage to get on top, but she has her feet hooked into my shins and I cannot get the full mount position.  Bullet toppling me over.  She is onto me, using her legs to keep my body and legs out of the way as her arms pull my right arm into danger.  Before I know it I am stuck in an arm bar and having to tap.  4-0.  I’m working hard, but Bullet is a pocket rocket and very strong, great muscle definition in her shoulders and upper arms.  She is pushing me flat on the mats, face down, a leg coiled around my right arm helping to anchor the kimoura.  I tap 5-0.  Time for some new tactics, charging straight forward at Bullet at the start of round 6, she is smiling, rolling on her back and simply sweeping me, well I guess plan B did not work.  A straight arm lock and another arm bar have brought the score up to 7-0.  Now I am stuck in an arm triangle again, Bullet squeezes it on tight, I cough and splutter, resist as long as I can but have to tap out. 8-0.  A Thai grip and I am pulled down and then she has quickly tucked her arms in under my neck as I look down on the mats.  Her chest leaning into my back to snuggly secure the guillotine hold.  Bullet gradually rolls backwards, my head going down, neck feeling it more than being choked out, I tap.  The match ends 9-0.  Bullet is happy but little disappointed she did not get me with an Americana.  I don’t think she needs to worry, she got me with everything else.  Bullet gives me a hug before she has to set off for work, her day has started in the best possible way, with a win.

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Frida 5-0 Spider-Mouth

Frida arrives, another athlete who I have done 10 or more matches with.  I manage to use my half guard to good effect, she is not frustrated though, she is smiling and confident that the point will come.  This is definitely a match I’ve targeted to get a draw or even a win in.  I’ve taken a point off Frida before so if I can do so again and defend well … stuff that she’s just got my right leg in a grapevine, she does not even need to make it a full grapevine and lets the left leg go, the pain is growing and I have to tap out.  1-0 to Frida.  I beat my chest like King Kong at the start of round 2, Frida grabs my shoulders to pull me in towards her so she can get me in a hold, I am trying to crawl clear but she gets my back and secures me in her guard from behind.  It’s a rear naked choke and I’m not going to be able to prevent it.  Tap. 2-0.  She is very strong today, it is definitely that she is strong rather than me being weak, judging by the other matches.  I’m pinned flat on my back, she has the arm span to pin my arms flat out wide on the mats and she hooks her legs in for the grapevine.  Trying to twist my body sideways to help the legs escape, one unhooks, but the other is trapped in a half grapevine and I have to tap.  3-0.  Frida refers to the pin grapevine combination as her octopus grapevine.  I put up a good struggle in the fourth, we cover a lot of the mats with me occasionally on top and some side on grappling, but once Frida gets on top I’m in trouble, she sees the opening for the Americana and switches the pin to a cross body pin to allow both of her arms to work on my right arm.  Levering my elbow up, she completes the Americana, I tap out.  4-0.  Frida’s legs close to scissoring my neck from behind but I palm her knees outwards and get my head clear of danger.  I am trying to deprive of recovery between exchanges by locking up again immediately, going after her, trying to get her back.  She is matching everything I’ve got, meeting every challenge and working into a better position for her.  She has captured my waist.  So far her scissors have not been effective, but this time she squeezes in just the right place and I have to tap.  The match ends 5-0 to Frida.  Helping her up, big hug, great match.

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Lunch with Alfie

Cam, Frida and I make our way to Alfie’s pub and order drinks and pizza.  Alfie is lazing on one of the tables, looks like he had a late night last night.  Cam and Frida give him some attention.  He loves it.  Our pizzas arrive and we tuck in.  Really good pizzas.  Alfie struts around the pub surveying the tables approvingly.  How utterly proper.

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Dominix 10-0 Spider-Mouth

I’m in a bit of trouble now, my next opponent is Dominix, who was new to the scene in 2016 and who has gone from strength to strength, trained hard and kicked ass.  She greets me with a hug, my ribs survive … just.  While Dominix is getting changed I am warming up downstairs on the mats.  Dominix comes bounding down the stairs with a crazed look on her face like she is going to tear me limb from limb and enjoy every minute of it.  Cam comes down the stairs in a more refined and elegant manner to take some pre-match photos.  Let the onslaught begin!  I am almost curling into a ball to keep my limbs away from Dominix.  She gets my back, her legs scissoring my right arm while her arms get my left arm.  She uses her four limbs to stretch my arms out and back crucifix fashion and I tap out.  1-0.  Dominix is in theatrical mood today, taunting me, clearly enjoying a particularly dominant performance.  A rear naked choke, a head scissors and a triangle bring the score to 4-0.  I’m in survival mode, not so much trying to avoid submitting, but avoiding the worst types of submission.  Dominix gets me in a cradle position and taunts me as she looks down seeing the fear in my eyes as I nervously laugh at the situation I’m in.  On goes a neck crank and it’s 5-0.  Another rear naked choke makes it 6-0.  I end up sprawled on my front and she sits on my back pulling my chin up – it is not a camel clutch because my arms are not trapped by her knees, but still I need to tap out. 7-0. I can see Dominix pulling on a figure 4 head scissors and I tap out before it gets too severe. 8-0.  She completes the rout with another triangle and a head scissors from behind.  She pulls me too my feet after the match, grabs me around the waist and lifts me in the air letting out a shout of victory.  I can’t believe how much energy she still has left and she is already asking me when we are going to have our next match.  Wow!

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Samurai 7 – 0 Spider-Mouth

It’s always great when one athlete can wait until the next athlete arrives. Dominix, Samurai, Cam and I have a great catch up.  I get a quick shower leaving the three ladies to talk, then Samurai gets changed.  She emerges from the shower room looking very fit, her quad muscles are perfect for head scissoring guys!  Down stairs, warm up, on our knees and it’s on.  Samurai is not quite as fast as usual and that gives me more time to work out my defence.  I managed to avoid her triangle attempts as we roll from wall to pillar and back into the centre of the ring.  I can tell Samurai likes it when I try to defend, it is more of a challenge for her than if some beached whale of a guy was just lying there.  I’m a perfect physical specimen on the other hand (well actually I can’t back that up).  Samurai methodically dismantles my defences, I try to use my hands to avoid being head scissored, I try and keep an arm in between her ankles but Samurai remove sit and squeezes on the head scissors 1-0.  I can’t believe it … she has got me in another head scissors, this time lying side on, she is looking into my eyes telling me I am going purple, I tell her I’m feeling fine, she squeezes a little harder, OK it’s time to tap out.  2-0.  Samurai may be fighting at a controlled pace today but her strength is undeniable.  Sitting on my back side with Samurai in full mount position.  She pulls my neck up towards her with one arm and pushed my other arm down to the mats for an upside down kimoura. 3-0.  A forearm pressed to my throat makes it 4-0 and a rear naked choke makes it 5-0.  Trying to avoid being planted on my back, I roll onto my side, but again Samurai has the answer as she applied a side guillotine.  6-0.  Time for one more round, I give it my all to hold out as long as possible, but Samurai is in great form today, getting my right arm, a quick spin round and she has my arm between her legs and on goes the arm bar, I’m tapping out one more time.  7-0.  We embrace after and Samurai tells me it is always great to have a match with me.

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Unnamed Opponent A 6-0 Spider-Mouth

In my previous decathlon events, I’ve been able to show photos of most of my opponents or at least use their stage names.  This has been great for publicising the events, doing posters etc.  However, there are some athletes out there in this scene who do not wish to be identified at all.  This includes some athletes who used to session openly but now do it secretly for their own reasons.  It’s great to do the posters, the comics etc, but it’s a shame to exclude some great athletes from Decathlon events.  I know I can do single sessions with them any time as long as it is all very discrete.  What the heck, I looked at all the options with Cam and there was one such athlete in particular who I wanted in the 10 and another who was on my reserve list.  With one athlete not being able to make it, the second anonymous member of the decathlon team was called into the squad.  I’m really glad she could make it, because we did not hear 100% that the original opponent could not make it until this morning (Saturday).  So Anonymous Athlete A?  Have I sessioned with her before?  Has she openly done sessions before?  I’m saying nothing either way.  Just this simple match report on my 6-0 loss.  She gets me in a school girl pin after 10 minutes, but forgets to count so I remind her to and after she has reached 10 I am telling her she is 1-0 up because pins count as well as submissions.  She is stretched across my chest with both arms working on my right arm.  One hand pulling the upper arm up and the other pushing the forearm down, classic straight arm lock.  2-0.  She gets me in a grapevine for 3-0.  I joke that one day when I die, I will be in a Y-shaped coffin and as the funeral procession passes down the street, people will see the Y-shaped coffin and say – yes that’s Spider-Mouth and that’s how he would have wanted to go – in a grapevine!  The fourth point is interesting, it is an arm choke triangle except I am facing down towards the mats with my opponent on my back strangling me with my own right arm pulled around my neck.  A nice bit of improvisation.  4-0.  She completes the 6-0 win with an Americana and a front choke.  She had a great chat with Cam afterwards and actually stayed to watch the last two matches and join us for dinner in the Turkish Restaurant opposite.

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Bellatrix 10-0 Spider-Mouth

A star is born!  Bellatrix arrives and changes into a leopard print one piece bikini.  Cam advises me that this is her first competitive match.  She seems a little nervous but eager to learn.  As soon as the match starts I feel her strength as she forces me to the mats.  I mean, she is way stronger than she looks in her photographs.  She goes straight for the grapevine and I’m tapping out already.  1-0.  I tell her that the grapevine is my favourite.  Bad move, she gets me with three more grapevines during the match!  She realises she has the edge and wants her win to be for real and tells me straight not to go easy on her.  I don’t think she realises I was giving 100% because I was hoping to hold out for 0-0.  The next point comes from a head scissors and let me tell you she has a vice like head scissors.  I ask her if she does any other sports because she is very strong?  She says she doesn’t.  I ask if she does strength work at the gym?  That is also a negative?  Maybe she is a dancer?  Nope.  OK I ask if she works on a farm pitching hay bales up into the loft.  She does not do that either.  I guess Bellatrix has been blessed with natural strength that the rest of us have to train for!  She gets me with another two head scissors in between the four grapevines with the other points coming from a reverse head scissors and a pair of rear naked chokes.  I really don’t know what just hit me.  A 10-0 crushing from a newbie.  I highly recommend her to you guys out there especially if you like head scissors!  Bellatrix got changed and looked like a regular person again as she left the studio.  I wonder if anyone seeing her walking down the street has any idea that she is a lethal weapon?

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Unnamed Opponent B 4-1 Spider-Mouth

The final match of the day and indeed the final match of the decathlon is against a second anonymous opponent.  I’m really grateful she could make it because she heard she was one about 3 hours before the match!  She has kit to wrestle in and is very cheerful as we warm up.  I’m pleased with my stamina and fitness as I manage to keep the match under control for the first 10 minutes or so with no score on either side.  It’s a good work out. Eventually she gets me with a head scissors. 1-0 to my opponent.  We are back tussling after a break to drink some water.  I pin her on her back and ask her how she likes her view of the ceiling.  She smiles and taps her right hand on the mats saying I can have this point.  Great, in the tenth and final match I score a point, maybe I can hold out for a draw.  My opponent made and converted hr opportunities to complete the 4-1 win with a half grapevine, a second head scissors and a rear naked choke.  Myself, Cam and the two athletes who must remain anonymous had a chat afterwards.  I got showered.  My final opponent left but opponent number 8 stayed with Cam and myself for dinner.  I had lamb shish, it was excellent.  It was soon time for me to dash for my train and Cam to lock up at the studio.  I caught the last train back to Wales arriving home at half past midnight, I slept like a log.  A huge thank you to Cam for organising this event and to my ten opponents, it was a top couple of days.

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Bullet. session review by Spidey. June 2017

Bullet 15-0 Spider-Mouth

I looked at my work schedule for the remainder of June, realised I needed my weekends for work and that the middle weekend of June would be my only chance to get a session in this month.  I’ve managed to do at least one session per month since January 2012 and did not want to break this sequence now.  So Cam set me with Bullet for Friday 16th – yes Friday night is fight night.  Dashed out of work, train to London, actually got a pile of work done on the train and in a café at Kings Cross before dandering up to MWM in Camden.  I was 5 mins away when I got a text from Cam saying Bullet was already there – wow 15 mins early she must be keen to kick my ass!  Tonight would be my 12th match against Bullet.  In the previous 11 matches my scores have ranged from a 03 defeat to a 0-21 defeat.  In total Bullet has scored 106 points against me in 11 matches so far and I’ve not scored any points.  Well at least on average I’ve kept her under double figures per match.  I’m going to have a real go tonight!

Arriving to find Cam and Bullet chatting away, Bullet already changed into sports bra and gym shorts ready for action.  I get a shower as I’ve had a bit of a journey in the heat today then change into my kit, all blue today, downstairs and warming up.  Ready to go, we tap hands and it’s on.  I keep up a stream of verbal taunting trying to put Bullet off but she soon has me on my back telling me if this was a cage fight I’d be in trouble.  I struggled to get out from under her, trying to push myself up only to be firmly pushed back down on the mats.  She sits on my chest, takes an arm and tells me that I know what is coming next, yes I do know it will be an arm bar but I’m simply not able to stop it, tapping out 1-0 down already.

Bullet is strong tonight, I try to pull my arm out of an Americana but Bullet makes it 2-0.  I spend a lot of time on my back, but at least Bullet comments that I am energetic tonight, putting up a good struggle, but she methodically positions me, lying on my side and she pulls my right arm up towards the ceiling getting me with a straight arm lock – 3-0.  A neck crank and it is 4-0.  A film of sweat appears on Bullet’s back, I’m making her work a bit for these points but she is happy to break down my defences bit by bit and pushes my head in between her legs, rolling onto her front trapping me in a reverse triangle – 5-0.

I had said to her that I watched one of her recent opponents on video escaping her arm triangle so I was going to see if I could do the same thing.  No chance.  She had my arm and neck firmly in her triangle hold with no room for me to move them, tapping out 6-0.  A kimura, another arm bar and another Americana take the score to 9-0 before she got me with a side-on guillotine to make it double figures.

Bullet was pinning me down and rotating over me, looking for my back, and when I was stifling her attempts to get my back she was quick to find other options.  She got me with a combination of a north-south / alligator choke / arm triangle all in the same move to make it 11-0.  I was having to use my half guard spider defence but she was excellent and simply digging her free foot in between my legs and sweeping them apart so she could escape.  Soon she was 12-0 up with a mounted kimoura and then a straight arm lock from mount made it 13-0.  I tried to escape an Americana by connecting my two hands around the back of her head, but she was too strong and completed a hat trick of Americanas to make it 14-0.  The last round was quite exciting as I managed to finally roll on top, but it took all my strength and I never had a stable base so my position of dominance did not last long.  Toppling over, she got me with the move she wanted to get at some point during the match which was the rear naked choke.  She got me in her guard from behind and slipped her forearm under my chin using the other arm, to pull the choke move in for the point.  I tapped out.  Final score 15-0.

Bullet showered followed by me and we had a great chat with Cam and Dave before they had to leave.  Bullet and I walked back to the tube station and were on the tube together as far as Kings Cross where I had to change lines.  Good train journey home.  I’ll be back on the mats with Bullet again in the Decathlon 8 at MWM.  A big report on that will be coming at the end of July.  Big thanks to Bullet today for a great match and thanks to Cam for making all of the arrangements.

Dominx and Frida – review by Spidey

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In May I was back at MWM doing what I do best; losing!  This time my opponents were Dominix and Frida.  Dominx and I were on first, she is looking very tanned and athletic these days and the strength and the skill are still there as she gave me an 8-0 pasting.  She kept up a dominant stream of trash talking as she got me with a straight arm lock, a couple of triangles, an Americana, a neck hold, a guillotine, a kimoura and an arm bar.  I was on defence mode the whole match and don’t think I got on top at all unless I was in her guard.

I had a 30 minute break before Frida arrived.  Frida got me with a couple of head scissiors, a body scissors, a knee lock, a grapevine, body scissors, breast smother and a rear naked choke.  She was doing a lot of taunting as well throughout the match, really putting me in my place.  She is very strong these days, but what impressed me most was the variety of holds she got me with.  I’ve been able to resist her scissors before but not today.

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It was lovely to see Cam as well, thanks for arranging the sessions.

My losing streak is growing!

Empress session review by Spidey (March 2017)

empress2Empress has been on my hit list since before Christmas and I was delighted to have my first session with her last week.  She’s lovely.  As soon as she arrived, she was very well dressed, well mannered, lovely European accent, a very presentable young lady.  We got changed into our gear and had some pre match photos taken before the session began.  She is very light and petite at 48kg so I did the session as a light semi-competitive one.  What I mean by that is I adjusted my own skill level and intensity so as it would be a good even match with myself having to escape from some moves.  This is much more enjoyable for me than winning comfortably by going all out – I just don’t see the point in that.  We started on our knees and I spent the first 20 minutes or so escaping from Empress’s smother attempts, neck holds, scissors and pin attempts.  It was a good humoured workout.  I managed to get on top and taunted her about her having a good view of the ceiling.  One of the good things about taking on a new opponent is I can use all my old jokes in my comedy wrestling routine because she has not heard them before.

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As the match went on I was beginning to tire until she managed to get me with a breast smother and I had to tap.  She cheated a bit tickling me to put me off my defence before she got the second point.  She doubled the score with the same move.  Throughout the match the television had been playing music videos and after one of the water breaks we just started dancing for a full 10 minutes.  Empress can certainly move.  She’s a good liar as well; she said I was a good dancer.  It was great fun, something different, but she definitely won the dance off.  Back on the mats for another round and I think the dance off had taken it out of me as I was tiring fast.  Empress was chasing after me trying to put holds on as though the match had only just started.

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After the next water break, I asked her if she wanted me to show her some moves.  She agreed and I showed her how to do an Americana, a camel clutch, an arm bar and a triangle.  I also showed her a scissors escape if she ever needed it and a grapevine.  After she tried these moves out, she was keen to see if she could do them on me in a match so we wrestled on.  I was on top and she hooked her legs round my ankles for a grapevine which usually does not work from below.  I was just about to mention that this was not such a good option from below when she applied it to the full and I did actually have to submit.  Lucky I kept my mouth shut!  3-0.  She then got me with a body scissors, I did talk her through it a bit once she applied the move, just to make sure she was straightening her legs for maximum effect.  4-0.  Her head scissors was done without any coaching, she had me pinned down and managed to keep close to my body to avoid me escaping out the back and then rolled onto her side, straightening her legs either side of my neck.  5-0.  That was the end result, I gave he a hug and congratulated her on her win.  We had a chat before she had to leave.  She’s a definite for the decathlon squad in August.  I had a nice cup of coffee and a chat with Cam after as well.  Always good to catch up.  Looking forward to returning in April for a mini event.

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Samurai – session review by Spidey (February 2017)

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The journey to London was really good and I arrived in Camden early enough for a coffee and I got a good 45 mins work done on the computer.  Text from Cam saying she had arrived at the studio.  I made the short walk from the café and Cam greeted me with a hug.  A good chat.  Samurai arrived, wearing very nice perfume and looking particularly radiant today.  I took a quick shower and changed into my red gi and Spiderman mask for the pre-match photos.  Samurai then used the bathroom to change, emerging wearing a turquoise sports bra with black pants.  She is looking nicely toned, she has definitely been working her upper body and her legs are as strong looking as ever.  So we went downstairs to the basement arena and Cam took some photos of us pre-match which I later tweeted to all my fans!

The first round had everything, Samurai was straight in with a Thai grip around the back of my neck.  I stayed up right then tried to roll backwards and put her in my guard, but only managed half guard.  At least Samurai did not have the full mount.  I pressed my hand to the mats and forced myself up off my back and on top of Samurai.  A vigorous effort from Samurai and she was back on top.   Samurai was laughing because I was using my half guard in desperation knowing what she can do if she gets full mount.  She gradually worked her leg out of the half guard.  Samurai was smiling with gritted teeth, determined as she looked down on me, having fun with the challenge of breaking down my defence.  She eventually gets me on my side and has my neck.  I’m trying to capture her waist but can’t hook the leg round as she rotates away from my legs on the mats.  We must have done at least four full 360 degree rotations on the mats before she got my back.  She fires each leg in turn over my shoulders from behind.  Her hands grab my chin, pulling it up as her legs press my shoulders down.  I tap out before my head comes off!  1-0 to Samurai.  Samurai falls flat on her back at the end of the round to recover, great I’ve made her work for it.  Maybe I’ll get some late points if she tires any more.

Ready for round 2, Samurai is quickly on top and I’m struggling to remove her forearms from my throat and the side of my neck as she keeps applying them.  I’ve survived the onslaught but Samurai rolls me into a body scissors which I manage to resist stubbornly.  The next problem is trying to prevent the triangle, but I can only delay it by keeping my arms above her legs.  She soon gets the opening and gets her right leg over my left shoulder.  She squeezes home the triangle across my upper body and neck and shoulder blade and I have to tap.  2-0 to Samurai.  More signs of fatigue from my opponent as she takes on water at the end of the round.

However, after recovering, Samurai springs back up onto her knees and makes an energetic start to round 3.  I’m soon on my back and holding her arms away from me to avoid her grabbing my neck and going for a breast smother.  She tries to work her legs up my body, planting the occasional heel near my ear, looking to roll into a triangle but I have my arms tight around her mid-section in a bear hug to stop her getting either leg over one of my shoulders.  Samurai elects to go for a guillotine.  I manage to prevent the first attempt stopping her hands from connecting beneath my chin.  However she gets the guillotine back on and I tap out.  3-0 to Samurai at the halfway point.

Into round 4 and I manage to get on top and get the full mount position.  I roll over onto my back so Samurai is caught in my body scissors.  She digs her elbows into my thighs and my legs part and she escapes.  I manage to roll on top again claiming “I’m winning! I’m winning!” Samurai laughing and saying I am putting her off.  We tussle on the mats until we agree to take a break before continuing the round.  We re-engage and Samurai vigorously tries to capitalise on the dominant position she is in.  I defend well to prevent her getting in position for a triangle but she was very quick to swing side on and pull my left arm into an arm bar.  I tapped real quick as she got the move on very effectively.  4-0 to Samurai.

Time for one final exchange and I went all out to get a consolation point but Samurai was not going to let that happen.  This time she gets me in a head scissors.  I have one arm in trying to force her legs apart but Samurai is determined to close this out.  I try to get her legs on my jaw rather than my neck but she has placed them perfectly, squeezing hard, looking into my eyes to see the effect her head scissors has on me as she squeezes it home.  I submit one final time and it is a 5-0 win for Samurai.  We give each other a big hug and thank each other for a great workout.  Big thanks to Samurai and Cam for another great day at MWM.