Tactics

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Some Czech MMA fighters for you, for starters. Well, we had our own version of  a cage fight last night – sans cage, but eight of us mid-30s dudes versus eight teens (well, Billy is 21, but we’ll let that pass) in a mass wrestle fest at the private gym. Such ‘mass attack’ submission wrestling requires careful tactics. Should you all, for example, go for the strongest member of the opposite team and eliminate him quickly before moving on to the next one? Should you each go one-on-one and hope you win your part? Or do you hang back, conserving your strength to pitch in nearer the end to help overcome the stronger guys on the other team? Or do you just ‘go for it’ and hope for the best?

Inevitably, neither side had any tactics at all, but it was huge fun taking on these young fitness freaks, led by my son Leo. First go, we eliminated the lot of them on the basis of ‘submit and you leave the floor’, with only two of our side eliminated at that stage (no names, but it wasn’t me, was it Steve and Carlos…?); second go we let the vanquished continue with friends attempting to keep the score on submissions for each side. We won that too. But they had prepared well…

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The lads wanted to get to the oil after, so we all did that – but we sent them home around 9pm so that the gay members of our contingent could slip next door and have some fun of our own making.

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Two of ‘our’ side were our dedicated wrestler friends from Lexington, the whole adult team being gay except for Steve and one ‘don’t know’: the ‘teens’ side are all straight except for bodybuilder Jude (openly gay at 16) and also one ‘don’t know’ – not that that makes any difference in such a challenge, although the gay guys obviously get a little more out of the body contact than the straight guys do I suppose!

cover1-thumbcover2-thumbBut the bottom line which led to all of this is a dedication to fitness – acquiring it for the lads, retaining it for us old ‘uns! And that’s where this blog is always headed – inspiring fitness for men of all ages – and so after the book advert (sigh), that’s where we’ll go for the rest of our images today. cover-3-thumbThe books by the way provide all the background you could ever need to understand this blog, and our own motivations, touring, adventures and so forth. e-versions are also available.

And now, your fitness inspiration!

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About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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