Taro (mother2012) wrote,

Pics from the Super Grands

First off, my little camera has no idea what to do with motion that fast. But you can get some idea of what the Super Grands was like from the following. Nine kind of large pics:

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.
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In the 'inner sanctum', there was laser tag going on during the day:
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With a few familiar personalities 'standing' around:
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This is what greets you when you to into the tournament:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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.
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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.
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