I had two superb sessions with Viper this year, in two very different settings…one happened at the end of an eventful show day at the Wrestling Factory, and the other during her trip to Paris. Viper is one of the most genuine and sensitive wrestlers I have met until now, a feeling which translates in a athletic and warm wrestling style full of emotional intensity. She lacks some pure technical skills compared to more experienced wrestlers but she keeps improving and likes challenges. And she indeed can can be both caring and unmerciful, depending on your wishes for a session.
I was quite tired at that time in Manchester, but tried to seriously defend during a very active semi-competitive bout. I was sometimes succesful, as her grapevine attempts were not enough to surprise me and make me tap. Viper did find others ways to provoke a submission : she is a very strong pinner and I was regularly drained of my energy by her immobilizations, then vulnerable to her scissors, triangle chokes and armbars.
My session in Paris had a slower pace and a more intimate atmosphere. I am still not completely still not completely at ease with wrestling on beds but this is where trust and experience with a wrestler makes things more comfortable and enjoyable. A highlight was a very long sequence (30mns or so without a tap) where she put me in different kind of scissors. There was a feeling of entrapment as I couldn’t get out of the holds, but the pain was not unbearable and the sensations were quite peaceful and exhilarating, especially during a front headscissor where she was looking at me with a sort of tender and compassionate look, even taking her time to drink some water while maintaining the grip.
My praise for Viper can also extend to the whole Irish Max Academy Team. It is great to see the scene expand as they are now settled with a place and mats in Ireland, and their generosity and professionalism is second to none.