My name is Taylor, and I am a (male) 16-year old first-dan black belt in Shorin Ryu. I've trained under Shihan Bill Brassette in Colorado for about five years now, and have some experience in sparring, (More so recently after I earned my black), but never actually competed. I'm wondering about what tournaments are like now-adays, what I should think about entering, and any other tips for competetion. My Sensei, (Shihan Bill), was very successful in the NASKA tournaments back in the 90's, but hasn't competed since then. So I'm wondering how its changed too.
Please post any thoughts or tips here