|Who's that handsome judge on the left? :D|
I'm back from my first karate tournament in more than a decade and got something to take home from it- besides medals...
For one thing- I have learnt anew what perseverence means and how it gets tested.
I participated in both a kata and kumite event- and judged for a while.
I enjoyed doing my kata and can say in all honesty that the kumite was actually fun- even though my endurance got pushed to a new limit...
About that- I have often said that I don't get why we were made to do all those fitness exercises and running if your time on the floor is only a minute at most and then it's done... Well- the WKF rules have done something about that-
Now we have a 3 minute bout. (Okay MMA people! I know you are used to fighting for longer times in the cage, but bear with me here...)
In the first couple of seconds it was all well as reflexes got a jump start and we found that all systems are functioning well, but as the time went on I found that it becomes more and more difficult to put up a good fight as my energy began to wane. As if that wasn't enough- I had a minute of rest before facing a fresh new opponent! How do you like them apples?!
|Just finished doing Jion...|
|And if I pass this mae geri I have only those two fists to take care of...|
|That judge has a very good eye... :D|
Until we meet again- I wish you all a great week ahead and a rewarding time at training.