Matt â€œSlappyâ€ Meade
Matt is the founder and laid back leader of Grand Rapids Street Fighter. A long time fighting game enthusiast, Matt firmly believes that anything with a winner and a loser is basically a fighting game; this includes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he sometimes practices on pedestrians and drunken people. He can beat you in Psychic Force.
Brandon â€œSwifty McQuikâ€ Poeder
Brandon is the Team Manager and organizational wizard of GRAPSF. Heâ€™s a family man and a powerful troll; some on the internet know him as â€œB-Minusâ€, but they are clearly underestimating the power of Poeder; heâ€™s an A+ at least. Everyone who knows him well believes he has a cool super villain lair under his house, but no one has convinced him to admit to it yet.
Geoff â€œG-Boobieâ€ VDL
Geoff is Grand Rapids Street Fighterâ€™s Tournament Organizer, Staff Writer, and assistant Team Manager. He plays the worst character in every game. This is completely unintentional. He can raise his normal speaking voice to overpower a megaphone, which serves him well at tournaments. Heâ€™s a writer and a voracious reader, neither of which are technically fighting games. He thinks theyâ€™re pretty cool anyway.
Luis â€œDanimalâ€ Jay
Danimal is the Grand Rapids Street Fighter assistant Team Manager and all-purpose Good Guy. Danimal loves to play Marvel, and believes that by acquiring one of every Japanese and Korean style arcade stick on the market, he will one day rule the world. He speaks Japanese, and will write dirty kanji on your face in permanent marker should you pass out around him. You have been warned.
Chauncy “Tru” Talon
Chauncy was born to do one thing and one thing only: provide loud and memorable hype for fighting games and fighting game tournaments. Heâ€™s the best at what he does, and what he does is Public Relations and General Hype for Grand Rapids Street Fighter. He loves Skullgirls and Tier Whoring, and if you see him out and about, be sure and stop to talk for a minute. Youâ€™ll learn heâ€™s also the nicest guy in the community.
Robert â€œMidnightâ€ Dixon
Robert is GRAPSFâ€™s local Iron Man specialist and Helm Breaker enthusiast. Heâ€™s known for his clean and no-nonsense style in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, whether on a game pad or arcade stick, and his money matching hustle is second to none. Heâ€™s also known as the Black Mr. T., but youâ€™ll have to ask him about that in person. Itâ€™s a complicated story. Heâ€™s also been known to abuse teleports, and considers a character without a teleport comparable to a car without an engine.
Kelly â€œKelter Skelterâ€ M.
Kelter Skelter is Grand Rapids Street Fighterâ€™s Magneto rush-down advocate and streaming genius. He enjoys calling missiles and rushing in, long walks on the beach, and making fun of you for dropping combos or missing an obvious punish. Heâ€™s GRAPSFâ€™s technical mastermind, and is always willing to help others with their game, whether or not he actually plays it. Smart people will listen.
Joshua is an AE player for Grand Rapids Street Fighter and cites Emperor Palpatine as his life coach, and the direct inspiration for his Bison. Heâ€™s a firm believer in playing defensively and only attacking when itâ€™s mathematically beneficial to do so, which is pretty much the Dark Side of the Force in a nutshell if you stop and think about it. He loves Nuklear Power, which is where he derived his name.
Ben â€œOctopus On Fireâ€ Wilson
Ben represents Arcade Edition 2012 for GRAPSF, and is indisputably the best Blanka in the country, which he attributes to his own native abilities as the â€œKing of the Jungleâ€. Heâ€™s been featured on the Excellent Adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross, has placed top eight in several regionals and majors, and loves death metal and viking beards. He can cancel jab into electricity in real life too, which is always a hit at parties.