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Tournament, and my third stripe


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I haven't posted in a while. Been really busy at work and with TKD. I won't bore you with the details, other than to tell you what happened this weekend and today.

This weekend was a tournament, and I decided to compete, even though I'm still a white belt. It was so much fun! Lots of standing around watching though. Adult color belts go really late in the day. All of my friends did really well, and it was so much fun seeing all the different things people can do.

So when it was my turn, I was competing against 2 orange belt guys and a yellow belt girl. One of the orange belt guys was out of his depth, and was really struggling. The other one was pretty much on my level, and the yellow belt girl was good, at least to my untrained eye. So we did forms first, and I tied for second with one of the orange belts. I forgot to do any of my ki-aps!!! But that meant the orange belt and I had to do our forms again. The second time I didn't forget, and I wasn't so nervous. I won the tie! And so I got second place, behind the yellow belt.

So then we did weapons. I'm not really happy with how I did. I was so nervous I missed the neck wrap. Really I should have just taken it out, it was too iffy anyways. But I didn't. So I missed it, and then retried it 2 more times and missed it both times!! Argh!!!

So I got 3rd in weapons. Still not last though. And one of the judges came up afterwards and told me that next time if I miss it I should just move on. He said that every time I missed it he had to take off another point! But he said if I had just missed it the one time, and then moved on I would have gotten 1st place, even with the miss! That's how good and difficult my weapons form was. How cool is that???

Then we did one steps, and I got third in those too. I'm not too happy with that either, I think I can do better. I'm going to ask Master Walker to critique it for me.

Speaking of Master Walker!!! She took the time out of the tournament to come watch ME compete!!! ME!!! A nobody white belt! She had like 2-3 other students to choose from, but she came and watched me. How cool is that??!! So did Mr B, and a couple of my friends from class. And my whole family came, even my brother. I thought they'd think it was weird, but they said they had fun and they were proud of me.

I have NEVER done anything like that. I think I've only ever competed in high school band, and for a few weeks I was on a swim team. But that's it. This is soooo much better than that! And sooo much scarier. I actually work at this, because I love it and I want to do really well. Band and swim team were just passing time, you know? This is much more than that.

So I now have 3 medals, and I have no idea what to do with them... I have never won any before. Currently they're hanging on my wall, but I need a better place or arrangement or something for them.

So then tonight I went to Leadership class and it was great. I love it because everyone there really WANTS to be there. And I love it because everyone is a MUCH higher belt than I am. Which means I get to learn all kinds of cool stuff I wouldn't know otherwise.

And tonight Master Walker gave me my 3rd stripe! Which means I have gone as far as I can as a white belt. So testing is coming in the next couple weeks, and it means I'm ready. So really really soon I will be an orange belt!!!

I really can't believe it. I've stuck with it for a couple months, they've just flown by!

So my goal now? Well, get my orange belt of course. But also get my weight down further, and start working on building up my cardio and endurance. Because around christmas time I will be testing for camo belt, and THEN dear friends I get to SPAR!!! I can't wait!!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DENISEHIDALGO 8/12/2010 10:36AM

    Congrats!! What a great post. I have attended tournaments to support others but never competed myself; very inspiring to read about your experience. So glad we're Sparkfriends now!

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JIBBIE49 8/10/2010 12:10AM

    emoticon My 19 yod, Maggie has been in JUDO for the past 10 years, so keep at it.

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