But two women that I train with (Heather & Laura) launched themselves in 2007 into organizing local amateur fights. So on a Saturday afternoon, I decided to go to "the fights". I got online to Ticketron, picked best seats available, and gave it my credit card. It was Sept 8th, 2007.
At 7pm, we (my honey and I) arrived at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft Lauderdale for Left Hook Productions: Warriors Collide 2.
First thing, I knew some people. As I entered, there was Ed & Jennifer working a merchandise desk out front. As we found our seats, I greated another half dozen people that I knew from the dojo. Cool. I seemed to know more people here than I do anywhere else in Ft Lauderdale.
Second thing, our seats. We were ringside! I looked at my tickets and it turns out, I had paid $50/seat (or something) and we could see every detail. When they started to fight, we could see the sweat pouring off them and sometimes, we got sprinkled.
Third thing, it was really really cool to watch the fights. There were about 14 fights on the card that night. All amateur. Fighters from Miami, the West Coast of Florida, and Orlando. The matches were mostly "oriental rules" (which I can't find a copy of online and which were NOT explained n the Program) which seems to mean:
- Hitting and kicking are OK including kicks to the legs
- Knees to the body are OK but no knee strikes to the head or groin
- The fighters wear headgear, gloves, and shinpads (and cups presumably)
- They can grapple standing up
- They get points for take-downs but the ref immediately stands them back up
- Most fights were scheduled for three fights, three minute rounds. There was one championship match which was scheduled to go five rounds
Fights found online from Warriors Collide 2
Joe Ray Part 1
Joe Ray Part 1
Warriors Collide 1 - Video Collage