posted on October 28, 2015 23:38
The other day I had my first karate tournament. I was very nervous because this was my first tournament while most of my teammates were experienced. I was supposed to compete in January, but my instructor saw that I was working hard so he entered me in a tournament and he gave me a two weeks’ notice. I was very nervous but I thought I could do it.
The day I had my first karate tournament, I had to get up at 5:00 am to drive two hours to get to the there. When we got to the tournament, I saw a couple of my teammates so I went over to go meet them. Then we went into the tournament and started warming up in a corner of the gym. After warming up, they started off with the younger age divisions. I sat there watching my teammates and with anticipation waiting for my division to be called.
While watching my teammates, I was very anxious while waiting to compete. Then my division was called up and it was time for me to do my kata. I felt very nervous about how I was going to do but once I got on the mat I felt strangely calm. I feel that I’m not very good with kata and that I’m better at sparring. I didn’t get a medal in kata but I feel that this was a learning experience for future tournaments.
After kata, I moved onto the next event in my tournament, sparring. I wasn’t very nervous about sparring because I’m a lot better at sparring then I am at my kata. My first round of sparring was easy and quick, however my second round was more difficult. I was fighting someone from the same Dojo as me who was more experienced and I ended up losing by half a point. My third round was strange because he kept jumping at me trying to psych me out, but he didn’t and I ended up winning. When they handed out the medals, they ended up giving me the wrong one. The Sensei’s had a discussion about what place I got but I ended up getting 2nd place anyways.
After the tournament the team and everyone’s family went out to eat at Beef O Brady’s, to celebrate the tournament and the team’s success. I loved going to the tournament, it was a rush and I want to compete more. It was a learning experience for me, and now I know what to do and what not to do in my next tournament.
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