Remember that friendly little Karate competition I was telling you about? Turns out it wasn’t so little after all! This event was classed as an ‘open’ compared to the in-house association one I thought it was going to be so there were loads more competitors. To give an indication last years kata was finished by about lunchtime, this year it was still going on at half past two when we left and the Kumite hadn’t even started yet!
So how did I get on I hear you ask? Not too good, I didn’t get past the first round lol Although I did go out to the eventual winner in my category so there is a small crumb of comfort there. Everything I was trying to remember to do completely fell out of my head as soon as I stepped onto the mats and then I remembered it all again once I had finished arrghhh!
My daughter also never got past the first round and annoyingly for her was beaten by the same girl who beat her in the final last year and so she is now known as her NEMESIS. I said this was good because every awesome superhero needs a nemesis right?
So what did I learn from the day? Well I learnt I need to up my game, looking back I think I’ve coasted through training since Christmas and missed a few sessions out as well which didn’t set me up well for the day. So I need to put more effort into my Karate training and do more practice at home. It was also good to see all the other karateka there and see other styles and techniques we don’t get to experience in our dojo.
I did promise photos but didn’t get the opportunity to take any good or indeed relevant ones but if you imagine the All Valley Championships in the first Karate Kid movie it was kinda like that but smaller 🙂
Away from Karate, training this week will consist of more running including two days running to work to get the mileage in plus two gym sessions working on upper body and core.