For his part, Lim has worked to turn the community away from the "drug-infused scene." Those lights may look amazing under the influence of MDMA, but true top-tier gloving maneuvers require sober discipline."We like to focus on the competitive side of gloving," says Lim. "You need to practice daily and have a clear mind to compete and win against a large group of peers."
Gloving can get competitive, as seen in this video. Glovers from across the nation come together on a monthly basis to perform in gloving competitions. While winners can take home thousands in cash and prizes, the competitors are ultimately seeking credibility. To judge his monthly competitions, Lim summons the help of the community's top glovers. "People gather around as the glovers perform," says Lim. "They're then judged on a points system, which is based upon a set of five criteria: execution, musicality, cleanliness, variety, and trick difficulty."