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#316737 - 01/25/07 08:58 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: Ed_Morris]
tkd_high_green Offline

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1031
Loc: Vermont
No need Ed, I bought a good pair of sun glasses several months ago, and thats taken care of the glare


#316738 - 01/25/07 06:51 PM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
Midnightcrawler Offline

Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 184
Loc: England

Congratulations in losing all that weight, that is a magnificent achievement, I hope you're proud of yourself. Well done and best wishes for reaching your overall target. It makes my desire to lose 10lbs look like nothing.

God only knows; Really.

#316739 - 01/26/07 10:54 AM Re: A sword at last! [Re: Midnightcrawler]
tkd_high_green Offline

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1031
Loc: Vermont
Thanks and good luck on reaching your weight loss goal as well.


#316740 - 01/26/07 03:12 PM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
hedkikr Offline
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Registered: 02/28/05
Posts: 2827
Loc: Southern California, USA
So now that you've been throught the "gauntlet" (after all, you did write "Hack away" in your initial post), what did you learn in regards to the level of competition & where you stand? What is the sword worth (metaphorically speaking)/ What does it represent?

The reason I ask is because many, many years ago, I entered Kata & Kumite divisions @ the USAKF (pre-USA/NKF) Regional Qualifiers. This included 8 western states - Top-8 locals (southern California) qualified for Regionals - I was 7th. Didn't place in Kata (my strength) but took 3rd in Kumite. This qualified me for the National Team.

The first 2 bouts were close w/ excessive contact (on both sides) that eventually DQ'd my opponents. I got lucky. I don't remember the next bout. So when I came up to fight for 3 vs 4th place, I was nervous because The guy I was to fight was better than me (I was watching him all along). He scored 1 pt. early on & I was in defense mode. Somewhere along the way I decided to try a newly acquired technique (hook-kick to head) & to my amazement, it was absolutely perfect - timing, speed, target - 2 points, Time & Win! To all readers, I admit it was a lot more luck than skill. That's the reason this is only the 3rd time I've told that story.

I was a new BB & I could have worn that medal everywhere but I knew the truth that I was really only a local 7th place finisher. (& yes, there were more than 7 competitors @ locals)


#316741 - 01/26/07 04:16 PM Re: A sword at last! [Re: hedkikr]
tkd_high_green Offline

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1031
Loc: Vermont
hrmmm. good question.

I look at tournaments and competitions as a learning experience. I am less concerned about winning or loosing, but just about going out there and giving my best and maybe learning something. I usually have the misfortune of small divisions, adult female competitors are rare. I would much rather have a larger division or for that matter get thrown in with the guys for more of a challenge. I'm not afraid of loosing or getting hurt, and the harder the competition, the better I perform and the more I learn.

Patterns competitions, while I am competing against someone else, I am also competing against myself. I keep track of how I score, and try to do better at each tournament. If I get lucky enough to get it recorded, I check for proper techniques, balance, timing, etc, and see if I am making progress.

Sparring competitions as well. I compare videos to see if I've improved, if my control is better, my kicks higher/faster, better combinations, etc. Sometimes I get lucky and have an opponent that isn't as skilled. When that happens, I take the opportunity to try new things, which makes it harder for me, and more fair for them.

In a lot of ways, this competition was special. While I will continue to compete against many of the same people in the future, this will more than likely be my last colored belt competition. From here on in, I will be at the bottom of the totem pole, out matched and out classed by most everyone I will be competing against. It may have been hard before, but I know it is only going to get harder, not only in competition, but in my training as well.

Doing well in this competition was very gratifying because it closes out my colored belt experience on a positive note, and it represents the hard work and time I put into it to get here. Maybe I'm not that good in the grand scheme of things, but I did win, I did my best, and I know that my best is a hell of a lot better than the first time I ever competed. For me, just getting out there and competing and giving everything I have to that competition is victory enough.

Getting put through the "gauntlet" on here just goes to show what I have in store for myself in the years to come and re-enforces the fact that I still have a great deal to learn, and I look forward to the challenge.

Does that answer your question?


#316742 - 01/26/07 09:33 PM Re: A sword at last! [Re: tkd_high_green]
hedkikr Offline
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Registered: 02/28/05
Posts: 2827
Loc: Southern California, USA
"This qualified me for the National Team."

No, Top 8 qualified to enter the USA National Championships. Then Top 3 would have made up the USA National Team for the WUKO World Cup. (I was a long way from National Team).

I've put competition aside for the more practical side of karate but I want my students to gain the experience of facing unknown opponents, their own fear & have fun. It also makes for some good stories.

You were only partially correct re: pattern competition:
Quote - "Patterns competitions, while I am competing against someone else, I am also competing against myself.". A truer remark is that in Pattern competition, you're competing against the judges. Ex: Being a National Champ makes you both a "seeded" favorite as well as target of those who wish you dethroned.

As you noted, earlir competitors usually rack-up lower scores while those @ the end get higher scores. Why? Well, initially, when the judges are fresh, taking their job seriously & have fewer competitors to remember, the scores reflect their knowledge & they're inclined to "set the bar".

But as the day/event wears on, they get tired, apathetic & their heads swim trying to remember how they scored earlier. These are what we call Bad Judges (sorry, no clever name - this could be a separate thread altogether).

Other factors influencing kata scores are:
> Does the judge know the kata?

> Does he/she know your style's variation?

> Is he/she trying to appear to be an "expert" (always giving the lowest scores because it's never good enough for his/her "high stanndards")?

> Is he/she inconsistant w/ scores due to trying to emulate more seasoned judges (they're always a second or two later than the head judge and/or fumbling w/ the score cards)?

Hopefully, you now have a more accurate view of your skills as defined by your tournament video.


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