John McCarter: "The real question I have to ask is what would happen if Brian and I met up for a hub showdown."
^^My Comment: Personally I would love to see this happen. I was the one that originally contacted Juji regarding our grip group in NC: The Charlotte Pickup Artists. I put him in touch with James Retarides (and if you are following Juji) they made that series on armwrestling instruction, which was just dynamite. I was at Juji's garage/house a few weeks back when he had the armwrestling comp. He is an incredibly cool guy and actually very teachable and humble. I showed him a lot of stuff on various implements he had in his garage and how to take care of his grippers and he was nothing but grateful. I think he would be very open to a grip hub comp between John M. and Brain Shaw, as I could only see that being a huge draw based on the response he is getting from all his grip related videos.
Not so sound like a buzzkill, but who is or has ever promoted grip on a larger scale than Juji? I would say that at this point no one here has grown the sport to any significant measure thus far.
regardless of what fine details in gripsport we’d all like to see better relayed, Juji and Tom are the big boys on the block for getting it out there to more people.
yes, before you ask, i would also appreciate more homage paid to certain aspects of the sport. Especially in regards to the organizing bodies for competition. I.E. simply letting more people know this is an actual sport that people can come compete in.
But to be honest, i think we should take any amount of free promotion of the sport by Juji with more gratitude. No one gets it in more peoples faces.
Right now even all the fitness youtube channel community is suffering. Big time compared to years prior. With the exception of only a few high sub count channels. Juji being one of less than 5 or so in the fitness world still thriving on youtube. There really is only so many ways you can tell people to eat, lift, sleep.. So the fact that one of the last juggernaut fitness channels is actually being somewhat attentive to promoting grip is Juji should speak volumes in regards to the favors he is doing the sport. None of the rest of the big channels could care less about grip. Jujis content is still interesting to viewers, unlike many fitness channels. And he appears to have a genuine interest. Which in turn so do his followers.
i would advise caution on any ballsy attempt to warden Jujis content. Because Juji could literally make or break us right now if he so chose. He could decide to start his own organization and leave GSI in the dust if he wanted. And he could also pave the way for another huge grip implement company if he wanted. Leaving both our organization AND any implement sales any of us are doing in the dust.
the first org with decent purses is the one thats gonna set the pace for future growth as far as im concerned. Been saying it for years.. this thing needs money to grow. And we cant get it there by talking about who we think new possible big time promoters should be sucking off. Kind of have to let guys like Juji just do what they do. or risk being shunned by him AND his followers.
but, then again, maybe if our sport approached him politely it could work better in our favor?
catch more flies with honey... as they say.
Not wanting to put any pressure on the both of you, but do you have a rough timeframe for getting this done? There is of course no hurry and Becca definitely has a solid level of strength to start from. I'm asking the question only because in blazing this trail there is nothing to really compare it to timewise - particularly for a weaker hand to catch up.
I don't intend to bet against Becca getting this done!