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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Yuki Ishikawa v Kenji Takashima, BattlARTS 08/21/2011
Fuck me what a great 8 minute affair, is there anyone better than Ishikawa in Japan when he's on like he is here? Match is a simple Student v Teacher affair and they do some wonderful matwork that you know, looks unco-operative and each hold is fought for and earned with vigour and tenacity. Doesn't feel like they're tossing this stuff out there because they can't think of another way to open a match. Takashima is awesome countering a lot of Ishikawa's holds and constantly going for a strike whenever possible, there's this great sense of hate as well with every strike that makes you buy both men slowly getting more pissed and thus when the match breaks down into more of a sluggish affair it works wonderfully as Ishikawa needing to put this punk in his place rather than aimlessly transitioning into a strike exchange. Some of the headbutts are frankly sickening as well, and the finish is wonderful with Ishikawa finally countering Takashima on the mat and dominating into a submission for the win. The fact this was one of the first times Ishikawa had successfully managed to win the mat battle without giving up control also worked as a really satisfying payoff to the prior matwork where Takashima was primarily the aggressor. Also the gradual breakdown of Takashima with suplexes and takedowns was really impressive, he hit the mat with such resistance and force that you bought each fall as bringing the match closer to an end.
Last edited by WOOLCOCK; 04-06-2012 at 02:06 PM.