This is what you see when you first enter the area. They had eliminations going on in the back area all week, but by the time I was taking pics, they were all done.
In the 'inner sanctum', there was laser tag going on during the day:
With a few familiar personalities 'standing' around:
This is what greets you when you to into the tournament:
I immediately had camera trouble. Of course. I think I have to replace the rechargable batteries, because it only just came off the charger. After snapping the above pic, it wouldn't stay on any more. I got lucky - one of the dealers could sell me a couple AA batteries. But I could not keep up with the whirlwind of motion:
Then I ran out of space, just when a pair tied and had to rematch. They took off their shirts for it. The first guy, a little oriental, had a magnificent tattoo on his back, and his challenger was well developed. And I missed it, trying to find space on my camera.
The lighting job was really good. Each contestant stood in a cone of laser light obscured with smoke, so they seemed to appear out of nowhere. The pic does NOT do it justice:
Watching it was somewhat like watching the Olympics gymnastics - people whirling through the air. I just could not capture anything of it. One girl lifted a leg straight up beside her head, then simply held that position while she fell over into a split. Another girl performed - and won - with an injured ankle. She was going around on crutches. And you should have seen the 10-year-olds doing a choreographed demonstration with glowing laser swords. (And cartwheels and stuff.) They had learned the routine in a few hours. But here is a good example of traditional Karate Forms:
Anyhow, last pic, tables set up for the awards dinner. I didn't stay for that. Earlier, these tables were set up with chess, checkers, and cards to entertain people who were just waiting.
They're still going on - celebrating New Year's there. I thought about it, but husband has to go out dancing. It's Saturday donchaknow.