Video industry of women's fighting started developing in 1970s with development of home video equipment. At first, the great part of taped female "bouts" represented a variation of professional wrestling and catfighting. In other words, the fights were more staged than competitive.
Episodes from videofilms with women's fighting by different video producers.
Since 1990s, as female combative sports were rapidly growing, some video producers began offering films with more or less real fights for sale (including wrestling, boxing and catfighting). Since then more athletic women have been invited for shooting, not only for competitive video but also for non-competitive as well. Currently, competitive forms sometimes adjoin non-competitive forms on videos by the same video producer (and the same girls might participate in both forms). Sometimes, it's even difficult to differentiate one form from the other, which complicates the classification.
In the middle of 1990s, video producer Ken Star who established the company "KenStar" (its current successor is Wrestle.com), one of the first organized women's matches in real submission wrestling for taping. Ken Star stated that his women were the strongest and most skilled; he challenged female wrestlers from other clubs to wrestle against his girls. In fact, at that time none of video studios had so strong wrestlers as Zee Vjesalicu (Pitbull), Christine Dupree or Joanna Needham. By the way, Ken Star held not only women's wrestling matches but also men's ones (which were popular among women.)
is the German studio, which changed its name several times and is widely known as "Beka Film" (the current name is AS Film). It specializes in topless and nude wrestling. We would define its wrestling matches as semi-competitive, even though the levels of competitiveness might vary and some matches look quite competitive.
Currently, there are a lot of videos on the market with women's fights (competitive and semi-competitive). Some video producers have their own teams ("stables" :)) of girls (more or less athletic) who compete each other according various rules and terms; the fights are taped for subsequent sales. Some companies buy copyright from other companies (or buy videotapes form amateur filmmakers). There are ones, which distribute videos taped at tournaments in combative sports (boxing, wrestling, MMA, etc.) The companies Budo Girls and Fighter Girls) represent this group of video producers.
The most interesting for us are those ones, which not just sell video with competitive fights but also organizes them. Along with other video producers, the following are distinguished: DWW (Danube Women's Wrestling), Fighting Style and Model Fight.
The first company, which has approached to this business really creatively, is the club DWW - it presents women's combat in all its variety. Girls affiliated with the club specialize in submission wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, armwrestling, no-holds barred fighting, mud and oil wrestling - topless and nude. Many of them are quite skilled and professional. The production of DWW is very diverse - you can purchase (or download being a club member) photos, videoclips and videofilms. The company holds special events on the regular basis, in which spectators can watch different forms of women's combat (indoor and outdoor), including staged performances (for instance, "wrestling in the pond" and "the assault female tourists by wild girls"). Contests in DWW very well blend together athletic skills and eroticism.
Fighting Style) Style is a young developing company - fighter girls from the team participate in competitive wrestling (submission) and kickboxing matches being videotaped for the future sale. The most of the girls are quite well trained; they demonstrate good technique and will for victory. This is equally true for girls fighting dressed as well as topless or nude. The company's WEB site contains good artworks, including our interviewee, talented artist Splish. Many matches videotaped by the company are really exciting - from both athletic and spectator points of view - the company aspires to find a balance between the two factors.
Another company should be mentioned - Model Fight, presenting sexy beautiful models in aggressive violent fight scenarios. Their competitions include armwrestling, tests of strength, mud wrestling, oil wrestling, competitive wrestling, boxing, catfighting, and more.
Some fighting styles, which began as entertaining shows, gradually transform into competitive forms; first, it's topless wrestling and boxing. Some time ago, real topless female fighting seemed to be improbable if not impossible. But girls turned out to be able to fight aggressively and skillfully for real even having their breasts unprotected. The girls from DWW, Fighting Style and other clubs proved this very well.
Topless boxing is becoming quite popular in the video market. One of the real pioneers in the topless boxing competitive genre is the club Bad Apple). It's videos contain real energetic fights between low-skilled but combative nice girls rankings by weight class.
While in "Bad Apple" the girls box ardently but not too tough (there is very few knockdowns), boxing in the club Boxing Girls ("7Streams") is stiffer - the girls get hard blows from each other, which often lead to knockouts and stoppages.
Not only real topless boxing but also real topless (and even nude) wrestling gains its positions the video market. In the above mentioned clubs - DWW, Fighting Style and Model Fight girls wrestle topless and nude in the submission style. Many wrestling matches without bras are not different from wrestling in bikini, even though, promoters probably provide for some measures to protect bare breasted fighters from serious traumas. (At least, it's not too much visible.)
Hairpulling can be not only an element of pseudo fighting or erotic catfighting, hair grips might be used in real wrestling contests because long hair may play a role of Judo jackets. Female fighters in the MMA style from DDW use hairpulling in no-holds barred fights; the company Real Catfights presents wrestling matches in which girls wrestle only using hair grips.
One of relatively new lines of the video industry of women's fighting is producing and selling videos with real female street fights. СActually, there are two forms of individual street fights: spontaneous fights (personally motivated by a conflict) and organized fights usually provoked by video makers (most likely for a good cash prize). Some street fights are taped by amateur filmmakers and are sold to video producers. For instance, the company Just Fights) offers up to $1200 for each taped women's fight; their primary requirement is that the fights must be 100% real.
In fact, video market with women's fights is just a male market. However, video producers attempt to attract women as well. For instance, the video seller "Come Get You Some" gives an interesting explanation why women should watch the company's fights: "These fights are real confrontations that can be learned from. Watch what the initial attack is and how it progresses. Is your mindset where it should be to become successful in defending yourself? Watch the videos and ask yourself, How would I have handled that situation (this is assuming that you have tried everything to avoid the physical confrontation, including simply leaving)? My only hope is that by watching these videos you can gain a greater understanding of a real fight so you may better defend yourself and family and sometimes laugh at others. However I must point out that probably 95% of these fights started because of someone's big mouth."
Video producer This Will Shock You) specializes in videos with brutal and violent scenes - fierce women's fights are among others. One of the tapes represents a "tournament", in which girls furiously fight for prize. The advertisement for this video says: "These hot & wild street babes truly hate each other - and get down & dirty until somebody gets knocked out!!! Who will emerge victorious and be crowned the Queen of the hood?!?"
It is impossible to review even a small portion of video companies specializing in organization of women's fighting. Besides, the video industry of women's fighting is quite dynamic and fast-growing business.
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