Monday, April 04, 2011
This past Saturday I competed in my first Tournament as a Black Belt. I had my brand new black belt last Tournament but only competed with my daughter in Family Forms because I was too intimidated to compete with the black belts then. This time I decided to do forms and breaking. I wasn't sure what I was going to do for breaking but thanks to an awesome 4th degree black belt in class he helped me figure out what to do.
I wasn't nervous about doing my form because I was comfortable with the one I did. I went up there, did my form to the best of my ability and didn't place. I was completely okay with that since I just wanted to do well and get the experience.
I WAS, however, VERY nervous about breaking. I was doing two power kicks and a spinning kick. I knew I would be up against black belts I had watched do breaking before and were awesome. they all had a lot more experience than me and I really wanted to do well. So I took my 5 boards and went to the ring with the other ladies in my division. There were 6 of us and everyone had gotten their belts ahead of me. I got to go second. The first woman went up and tried to break 3 boards at once. She did well, but those 3 boards just wouldn't break.
Then it was my turn. I set up my kicks: A hopping side kick through 2 boards, then a hopping axe kick through two boards and a 360 back kick through one board. I bowed to the judges and started my kicks. Loud power scream, and BAM! The first two boards split like butter. I was pumped up! Then I went for my hopping axe kick. I thought the holders had the boards a little high but I went for it anyway, knowing I'm pretty flexible and I could do it. BAM! Those two boards broke right away too! All that was left was the 360 back kick, which I had done in several tournaments and was one I knew I could do. BAM! That one broke too. I did it! The goal I had was not to place - just to break all of my boards and I did it! The other ladies went and did well. A couple of them had one to three boards that didn't break so I thought I might have a CHANCE to place.
Then came the results. I was called up to SECOND PLACE! I was so happy and excited! I never expected to get a trophy as a black belt but I did it! And in my favorite event! I was on top of the world. I didn't care that I didn't win - I took home a trophy as a black belt. That 2nd place trophy means more to me than any trophy I've received so far because it shows that I can play with the big guns and do well. It was a great day!