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Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 21, 2007, 12:10:38 PM »
[td][/td]The new space for the Gathering is rapidly coming together and it looks great. An few updates...

Remember that parking on Sunday is in a large lot we're renting off Burton St., which is a side street off Naomi (which itself is a side street of San Fernando). Enter the building through the back alley gate. There will be lots of signs. You can also park on the street, but that maybe limited.

After much consultation with Marc and local bros, we did put up a wall. But 260 degrees of the arena is wide open for spectators. So fighters will be free to make use of the wall or avoid it. There will be much more interfacing with the crowd that you're used to at RAW.

We've also put up lots of scaffolding and even an old truck for people to sit on, so there are many more places to watch from than there was a RAW. There's also lots of ringside concrete floor, so you might want to bring something to sit on.

We've moved one set of bleachers to the other side of the mat to allow more space for the fighters to watch. We're bringing in a big AC system, with both supply and return ducts, so there should be more than enough cool fresh air.

Be aware the there will be lots of cameras (12 at last count), but we're making every effort to not obstruct views and not stop the action. But patience is always appreciated.

Looking forward to Sunday and the biggest Gathering ever.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 01, 2007, 08:26:05 AM »
Some answers:

We're setting bleachers at one end of the room that should hold 100. We're creating an area behind the bleachers as a fighter staging area. It has access to bathrooms. No showers. We're thinking of bringing in extra PortaPotties for spectators.

The wall will be about 6' high and 20' long along one of the longer (40') sides of the mat. Having it feels like it will give the fighters some options in how to work the space. The other two sides will be wide open for spectators.

Regarding cameras, it seems that what you've done at previous Gatherings should work at this one. For my purposes, I just need to prevent people from shooting long stretches of quality video and everybody in the audience taking pictures rather than watching and reacting to the fights.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: May 29, 2007, 01:25:56 PM »
Regarding cameras, still cameras (regular or not) are fine. No videotaping. Same as always.

Regarding the space, my question boils down to do you want a 20' wall to crash into or not? This area does not have walls on two sides, as did RAW. It's wide open. If the concensus is to add a wall, we'll build one.

Regarding the "look", the goal is to keep it honest and real. No smoke, no mirrors, no flashing lights (though I do have a disco ball I  could hang). :-D


Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: May 27, 2007, 10:18:52 AM »
I'm the producer who did the Original Promo at a Gathering a few years back, and who will be producing a longer version at the June Gathering that will air on the National Geographic Channel. For a variety of logistical reasons, the June Gathering will be held at a new location, 2435 N. Naomi St. Burbank, CA 91504. The space, which measures roughly 110' by 65' is a warehouse typically used as a shop for working on cars. We're going to clear it out and lay down a 40' x 30' wrestling mat in the center. Which means you'll be fighting in space surrounded (potentially) on all sides by spectators.

Crafty has asked me to get your input on a few elements we have some control over. On either side of mat, along the 40' length, spaced at 20' intervals, are two 4x4 posts that hold up the ceiling. We're going to find some way to pad these posts. One option we have is to build a 6' wall between two of them. Which would mean on one side, you'd have a 20' wall to crash into. Is this desirable? The alternative is spectators all around.

Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?


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