"千里の道も一歩から"
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
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- Laozi

As the owner of FreeStepDodge and regarded as a highly exceptional Bass player in both tournament results and in real life, Matt Ponton aka "Sorwah" gives us his history and knowledge about the entire DOA series, Free Step Dodge, and his fascinating experiences when he was in Japan. Let's not forget that he will also be attending NEC this year. I'm intrigued to see how far this premier Bass player can go at this year's main event.


That's a really cool quote. Where did that quote come from and why did you choose that quote over all the others?

It's a quote from the Chinese philosopher Laozi, founder of Taoism. This phrase is one of my favorite phrases as every time I read it I feel it relates in another way to DOA, the community, Free Step Dodge, or my personal life.

Name? Gaming alias?

Matt Ponton. Many of the old school know me as 'Sorwah' which as a long history, but the new guard know me as 'Mr. Wah'. Starting off I had my name as 「それはひみつです。」 which means 'That is top secret.', back in the start of college I joined a Direct Connect chat hub and had to fit the romaji into Sorwahmitsudes. One time, I would even be close to being banned because the admin was asking what the name meant and I kept telling him it's top secret. The people in the chat were too lazy to type out the full name so would just call me Sorwah. That stuck for awhile as you can guess, in part because it was unique so I would be guaranteed it as an option when registering places. When creating Free Step Dodge I was using a bunch of nods to other fighting game communities and websites (For example, FSD was a nod to 8WayRun who provided a lot of the modifications for the site), and when generating my username I reflected that every time I talked to Bill "Tom Brady" Menoutis he would answer the...
Jay and myself were invited onto Greg Sahadachny's DEBATABLE podcast series recently. Greg had questions about our studio, the startup, our histories and background, and our philosophies on life and game design. You will also hear us talking about our current studio's game in progress. Thanks go out to Greg for providing a professional podcast and a great opportunity for us and Bamn Studios.

You can find the podcast here.​