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Practice Session; Virgil and Ilya do sports!
Topic Started: Nov 24 2012, 10:18 PM (371 Views)
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God dammit, wrestling was hard.

For one, Virgil knew very little about wrestling. Sure, rugby had tackling, but that was different. When you tackle someone in rugby, they typically have some amount of forward momentum that you can use to help take them down. You take out the center of gravity of a moving body. You even get a second wrap-up guy who helps out by covering the guy's upper body to prevent the off-load.

But wrestling was different. The other guy was trying much harder not to be taken down, and even when you did get him down, you had to pin him. Pinning was strange to Virgil. In rugby, you tackled someone and then tried to get up as quickly as possible either to contest or to get in position for the next play. Virgil wasn't used to having to hold someone down for an extended period of time. More relevant to his current situation, Virgil wasn't used to being held down for an extended period of time.

Virgil hadn't expected it to be this hard when he'd agreed to Ilya's offer to practice against him. Virgil thought it would be fun, like the contact drills he did in practice. Virgil was good at those; Virgil had a wicked rugby tackle. Ilya had seemed so nice about it; he made it seem like not such a huge deal. Ilya had been friendly with the offer, well, as outwardly friendly as the Russian ever was.

Virgil had spent a good chunk of the past 20 minutes pinned to the mat by the smaller Russian. God dammit, wrestling was hard.
The Living:

Matt Vartoogian -- Weapon: Unarmed -- "This isn't a game. This is evil." -- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Cassandra Black -- Weapon: Kama -- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Virgil Jefferson-Davis -- Weapon: Saiga-12 -- "Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant." -- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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Ilya was right. This hadn't been the best idea. Virgil had assumed that some wrestling practice would help with his tackling technique, but there was just too much of a skill difference between the two boys for Virgil to get anything out of this. This had to be just as boring for Ilya as it had been for Virgil.

Virgil was relieved when Ilya let up the pin. It felt good to be able to move again. Moving was good. It was a reminder that he was more than just a punching bag. Or whatever you'd call the wrestling equivalent of a punching bag.

Ilya then made his offer. Learning how to wrestle was something that always intrigued Virgil, but he never took the time to actually learn the sport. Rugby had always been the priority, and, even though learning to wrestle probably would improve his tackling, he didn't have the time to do any sort of formal wrestling training. However, learning how to wrestle from a friend seemed like a pretty good deal.

"Yeah, sure, sounds good. And maybe I can teach you some rugby basics, while we're at it. Not sure what application there'd be in wrestling, but I'm sure you could get something out of it."

Might as well reciprocate the teaching offer.
The Living:

Matt Vartoogian -- Weapon: Unarmed -- "This isn't a game. This is evil." -- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Cassandra Black -- Weapon: Kama -- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Virgil Jefferson-Davis -- Weapon: Saiga-12 -- "Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant." -- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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