Awesome stuff with the grippers! Stay the course with the bending. It took my hands a long time to adapt to the pressure and wear-and-tear. But after a lot of volume, it's like nothing anymore, and you will be able to make gains in both. Can't wait to see a MMO attempt!!
Thanks for the advice, Carl. Coming from a man who's probably bent a red every week for god knows how long, that means a lot. I'm definitely going to be continuing with bending even after the red cert and will work it into my program. I'll probably switch over to double wraps though for anything harder than a red!