Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sweetie Dreams and Kaia: Wrestlers' Progress and Development, Vol 2

The next pair of wrestlers I will write about are Sweetie Dreams and Kaia.  These are two ladies I don't see very often, but who always keep an ear in for wrestle goings-on.  Both of these ladies are tall, and both have demonstrated a good ability to remember wrestling techniques well, even after only a little bit of exposure.

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Sweetie Dreams
Twitter: @sweetiedreamsbb
Sweetie's page at Doom Maidens

I first met Sweetie in 2015.  Like Aralia, Sweetie had first come to one of our beginner wrestler workshops and had no previous wrestling training.  I think she was just checking us out out of curiosity, and I'm not sure she expected wrestling to suit her as well as it did.  But something struck her, and she stuck around.

In 2016, that fateful year for the "new generation," Sweetie upped her training and started to learn grappling movement patterns that would become ingrained in her muscle memory.  She seemed to take a noticeably thoughtful approach to the wrestling training work, mentally processing in a markedly pensive way.  She had a natural physical strength and casual athleticism, which, as a beginner, may have been a double-edged boon/detriment to her for starting out; she could make things work without them being entirely spot on, due to having both the strength and natural movement savvy.  And she did seem aware of this -- she knew she could smash smaller and less-experienced opponents, but larger, physically stronger opponents presented a considerable challenge.  But that's par for the course as a beginner wrestler!

Sweetie had her first appearance on video in 2016, for our October 2016 Live Filming Event.  She had matches against Cat Wily and Kinzie Fire (both now retired), which she lost and won, respectively.  She continued training through 2016 and into 2017, facing a variety of opponents in video matches -- opponents that would match her in size and strength. She had matches where she completely smashed the opposition, and she had matches which were considerable uphill challenges.

Despite not having time available to enroll in and train formally at a grappling school, Sweetie has conducted herself commendably in competitive matches, even when down on the scoreboard.  While she hasn't had much time to drill and train, the muscle memory she built during the 2016-2017 period has stayed firm.  Even in her difficult matches against the likes of Amazon Annie, Layla Moore, and Bella Rush -- powerful ladies, all -- Sweetie held off the tide as long as she could, relying on those natural movement-smarts and muscle memory to avoid being utterly crushed, even though she was eventually defeated.

Into 2018 and 2019, Sweetie became very busy with other work, and so I saw her much less often for wrestling practices.  But she was still keeping her eye on the game and still able to come out for the occasion video filming.  I would see her at Lola Jean's wrestling parties, where she'd continue to show her wrestling enthusiasm, wrestling charm, wrestling inclination... and her favorite signature move: The Hand Smother.

In fact, it is unusual to have Sweetie Dreams without having a Hand Smother attack as well!  While she likely learned this tactic (the hard way) from Cat Wily, Sweetie put the hand smother to use quite widely and merrily in wrestle situations (and it was later adopted by Ursa, who had previously felt the merriness Sweetie's smother).  Not a bad move to be known for!



Anyway!  Just last week, Sweetie came over to join us for wrestling practice.  Things lined up well, and her schedule gave her a chance to jump back in with the Doom crew on the mats.  I will say, despite her time away, her strength, athleticism, and muscle memory are still great assets for her.  She was able to pick up where she left off, remembering her previous learnings very well and naturally.  She's definitely got an intuitive thing there for wrestling.

Anyway, again!  Competitive action and development, aside, Sweetie is also quite a ham for pro-style action, though our general release video productions have not shown this side of her very much.  Pro-style jobber-ing, I believe, seems like a great fit, with her personal style of expressiveness.  But in any case, continuing on -- even though I don't get to see Sweetie as often as I used to, I do I keep in touch with her remotely, and I get to see her for meeting, meet-ups, and parties.  Maybe we will all get a chance to see more of her again in the future, and perhaps with some pro-style action.

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Kaia
Twitter: @kaiadoesscience
Instagram: @kaiadoesscience

Kaia is the tallest lady we have wrestling in our home group right now, at 5'10" tall.

I met Kaia in 2016, if I recall correctly (such a year, 2016).  She had come on occasion to practice with our wrestling training group, but for several reasons, including travel distance and scheduling, she wasn't able to train with us very much.  However, she was getting some "mat time" with rough body play wrestle-y action at kink parties.  Wrestle play and nightlife do make for a fun and adventuresome combination, I must say.

Although she was only able to come over and practice with the group on occasion in the earlier years of 2016-2018, Kaia grabbed on to the material that she encountered, and she locked it into memory.  In fact, despite a lack of regular training beforehand, she was able to access techniques from her memory banks when she fought Ursa in 2018, her first official competitive one-on-one bout on video.



And just the other day, a few weeks ago, when she was over for practice (this is 2019 now), she spontaneously started to remember moves from back in her memory.  And not just mental memory, but muscle memory as well.  Recently, too, when I saw her wrestling at Lola's wrestling party in early May, I was impressed by her wrestling domination style -- is this intuitive?  Is it learned via osmosis?  Via observation?

Kaia's first video with us was a 7-Way Superheroine Bondage Wrestling Tourney, in March 2017.  I believe this was around the time she first officially decided to get more into modeling and public presence.  Of course, she wound up hogtied in round 1.  By Sarah Brooke.

A year passed before Kaia's second official video, which was the afore-mentioned competitive match against Ursa.  Kaia showed good instincts, mat sense, and tactical recall in that match, but Ursa had been training regularly for 6 months beforehand, and she had the definite training edge on Kaia there.

Now we are here in 2019, and Kaia has been having more time available to get back into wrestling training, practice, and mat-hitting action.  This past month, she has been coming to practices, working on her game, and re-discovering moves she had stored in her memory banks.  For instance, after hearing a brief mention of the mounted triangle, Kaia accessed her memory files and then proceeded to find her way into applying the hold.

Although Kaia has been around off-and-on for a while, she still seems like a "newcomer" in the wrestling arena.  And that's not a bad thing!  Let's go onward and upward and see where her wrestling journey goes!


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As always, thanks for reading!  I had to take a break between writing Sweetie's entry and writing Kaia's entry to go do some errands, so that interrupted my train of thought a bit.  But I hope everything read all right.

These are two ladies who I feel that we (as a wrestling group) and you (as an audience) have not seen very often.  A lot of the difficulty comes from challenges with scheduling.  But both ladies have a good physical sense, and it would be nice to see them try out other wrestling styles and genres, in addition to continuing to test themselves in competitive situations.  Maybe this summer will be a good time to build and grow and experiment and see how these two tall ladies continue to evolve as wrestlers!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Aralia and Lana: Wrestlers' Progress and Development Summary

It's an exciting time over here in the NYC Doom realm right now!  New wrestlers are coming around and joining the fray.  New-ish / "journeyman" wrestlers are progressing, developing their skills, and finding their personal styles.  And veterans continue to evolve and explore new possibilities.

As we go forward into this year, I will be using this blog to talk about the developments of the newcomers and the "journeyman" wrestlers, and I will attempt to document their progress in our realm!

In addition to several of the ladies who have been very active lately, I would also like to say a few words about the guys as well.  But that's only the intention.  Let's see how far I get!

Progress and Development!

There are several ladies I have been following most recently on their wrestling-progress journeys.  These ladies are: Aralia, Lana Luxor, Ursa Fierce, Kaia, Sweetie Dreams, and Katarina.  I think I can best organize this entry, and those that follow, by talking about each of them individually.



Aralia


I have known Aralia the longest of these listed ladies.  We "officially" met in 2015, around May of that year, when she came to a beginner wrestling workshop I was hosting alongside VeVe Lane.  However, as I later learned, Aralia had attended one of my Grapple Den parties several years before -- I believe this was in 2010 -- but she just stayed quiet and didn't wrestle with any of our regular characters (I believe she said she only wrestled her roommate, who had come with her).  And then, 5 years later, she found us again in 2015.

And *then,* after practicing for only a few months, she jumped into video matches in May 2016, with her very first F/F bout against the fabulous Indra.  A little School of Hard Knocks Hello for Aralia there, like you do.

Aralia has always been scrappy, and she has frequently said "I love to fight!"  She is the smallest of our local wrestlers, consistently weighing in at only 115 lbs.  She started training with us at our small group wrestling practices.  When she started out, she had the fighting spirit, but she also had to work harder than most other participants to learn the techniques of the sport.  With her small size, she didn't have much leeway to fudge techniques; she couldn't rely on strength or size or natural sport-ish-ness to see her through in the beginning.  And so, she realized she'd need to study hard and train her brain.

She tried out a few different jiujitsu schools (training in the gi / uniform), while also continuing to practice grappling with us, until she finally landed at a gym she likes, to train specifically in submission wrestling, in 2018.  So, she's only been there for a little over a year, as of this writing!

Aralia has proven to be very studious in her training, recording techniques in her training journal so that she can review them later on.  She loves doing repetition drilling, and it would be great if she had more time for more of that.  Between travel and a generally busy schedule, she looks for any opportunity she can get to do more drilling and practicing.  Now that the weather has warmed up and we are practicing outdoors in the park again, Aralia has more opportunities to get together with the other girls and guys of our group to practice her moves even more.

Pro-Style & Drama & Domination -- Competitive action aside, Aralia has really taken off with her pro-style performance and domination abilities.  Though her #1 go-to is undoubtedly the Camel Clutch, she has added other popular pro moves to her repertoire as well, along with the great expressiveness that pro-style wrestling demands.  She's a lovely jobber, but, as I recently observed, she's an even better heel!  Her recent domination of Ursa was really impressive -- great trash talk, great menace, sweetly wicked.

She seems sweet and innocent, but she's got a great unsettling darkness when it comes to domination.  This is something I've really seen coming out in the past year.  Knowing smile, casual cruelty, purring menace, a gentle touch, elegant.  Onward!

And here's Aralia's page at Doom Maidens



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Lana Luxor

Of my list above, Lana is a lady I have known for the second-longest, after Aralia.  However, we met Lana under rather different circumstances than we met Aralia.

In July of 2016, VeVe organized our first-ever 8-Way female bondage wrestling tourney.  We had had multi-ways before, but this was the first time attempting to bring 8 people together.  VeVe reached out to several models via a modeling website, to see who would be up for jumping in.  Lana was one of the ladies who responded and turned up on that day.  I'm not sure if she knew exactly what to expect, but she got a fun-filled intro to wrestling, surrounded by a bunch of very game ladies slinging ropes at each other.  Prior to this, Lana had no wrestling experience!  So, needless to say, she didn't win the bondage wrestling Tourney, and she wound up getting hogtied by none other than Rachel DD!

As a a result of meeting the great ladies at that shoot, Lana created a Twitter account to keep in touch with them.  We reconnected with Lana again for feature filming to kick-off 2017, where she tried pro-style and one-on-one bondage wrestling with VeVe.  Lana was totally overwhelmed by VeVe in that bondage match and stood no chance at all, but she had fun doing it nonetheless.  She still had no wrestling training to speak of.

Skipping ahead a bit, in April 2017, Lana took on Aralia in a competitive match.  Aralia had been at this "officially" for a year now, and so Aralia did to Lana what Indra had done to her -- except less cheeky and with more submission holds!  Lana stayed totally positive and was excited nonetheless.  In fact, I think she just enjoyed the thrill and physicality of the bout.

Skip ahead more... As the year progressed, Lana started training with us and started doing mixed wrestling.  And she started making exponential improvements.  A little training and a bunch more mat time went a long way for Lana in 2017.  And in November 2017, she entered our Live Filming Event Tourney, where she fought her way to the finals and defeated Aralia to win the championship!  It was a remarkable turn-around!


Lana was on to something here.  Her cool-headedness under pressure and her natural physical sense paved the way for her progress as a wrestler.  She is also very studious, curious, and savvy, and she would watch matches to try to learn more about the sport and her various opponents.  As a beginner, she showed an impressive ability to figure out where her opponent was in relation to her (during a match), what her opponent was attempting, and what she herself might be able to do to deal with that.  But she didn't have enough experience or technique-language to answer every situation being presented to her.

So, after investigating a few options, Lana joined a grappling school in March of 2018 to learn as much as she could about jiujitsu and submission wrestling.  When I was first talking to Lana about training at a formal school, one thing she told was that she was determined to get promoted to the rank of blue belt.  In my mind, I was like "why stop there?"  But, regardless, this was a great short term goal that she had identified!

And so, Lana hit the books -- or, well, she hit the mats, actually -- and dove in for training at her new school.  She would always keep me updated about all of the new techniques she was being exposed to, and how fascinated she was with the various new movements.

I will say, I don't physically see Lana too often, because she lives fairly far away, despite the fact that we are all here in New York City.  It is actually a fairly long trip between where she lives and where most of the rest of the Doom Maidens people live (90 minutes or possibly even 2 hours, depending on time of day).  So, we see each other for shoots or occasional practices, or for group meetings in an in-between spot.  But thanks to social media, Lana keeps us posted remotely!

So!  Lana proved to be such a dedicated and studious student, training both physically and mentally on the mats in class, that she was able to achieve her initial goal in 14 months!  A big congratulations to Lana, who has come so far very quickly in the grappling realm -- she was promoted to the rank of blue belt 2 weeks ago!


It's an impressive journey to consider:  from Lana's very first exposure to wrestling by answering a casting call in July 2016 for a bondage wrestling adventure, to her experiences with losses and wins in video matches in 2017, to her joining a school in 2018, and then, in 2019, achieving the rank of blue belt at her school and being formally recognized for her efforts and progress on the mats!

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So that was a long blog entry!  It was so long, that I'm just running out of time here.  

Aralia and Lana are the most active ladies of what I consider the "new generation."  It seems odd that I consider them "new generation," since they both started with us 3 years ago, and other new people have come in since then.  But something about 2016 marked a "new generation."  It was a turning point when a bunch of new lady wrestlers started coming in and creating a new "core" group who would practice together, talk to each other, keep in constant contact with each other.  A renewed era of togetherness, whereas VeVe and I had been more about "individuals operating together on occasion for shoots" for several years prior.

Anyway, I can talk a lot about that at another time.  But for now, let's post this entry.  I will also make entries about the other ladies listed soon.  Thanks to everyone for reading!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Hello 2019, from nearly mid-way. New wrestlers and Training

Oh, my poor blog!  I have been so unable to update for way too long!  Twitter has really taken over for me, posting via the Doom Maidens main account.

But I was just talking with newcomer Katarina this evening.  We were talking about blogging.  And I went back to check out my old blog.  And, it is so faithful and reliable, it is still here!  And it remembers everything!  It was so nice to come over and be able to read my very first entries on here from 2010.  And also to remember the "Post-Apocalyptic Thong" photoshoot we did with VeVe on the pier.

Anyway, things are happening.  Just not macro-blogging!  Sadness.

But the lady wrestlers have been training especially diligently this year, and I am so excited to see such progress and such hard work going in!  Hats off especially to our relative newcomers -- those who have been training for 2 years or less -- They have been putting in a lot of effort to catch up.

Wrestler Training!

I'd love to talk more about the wrestlers' training and progress!  I am deciding that the blog may be the medium to do that, since Twitter only allows for the short bursts of info, before everything gets lost in the shuffle.  So, yeah, indeed, maybe back to the long-form blog for talking about wrestler progress.

With that said, let's make a starting point for this!  Here are some candid shots of the ladies training in the park last week.  Here we have Aralia, Katarina, and Ursa.  They work on their Mount attacks and escapes... and they also pause for a moment for the camera!

 

The ladies have been drilling their skills for working from the top and bottom of a mounted pin.  Escapes are coming along, but everyone is looking forward to drilling attacks, of course.  

All righty, it has suddenly gotten very late at night here, so I will curtail.  But more to come!