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My First Tournament (in a LONG time)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

I'm kinda excited. Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon is a karate tournament that DS and I are participating in. I have to say, doing this as a 37 year old woman has a bit of an intimidation factor for me. Thankfully, that doesn't scare me away from it, but I see as something to conquer. Maybe I'm not that young anymore and I have more aches and bruises preparing for this tournament than younger people might, but I'm proud of myself for taking on the challenge.

My son and I are both competing in FORMS (kind of like fighting invisible people…think a bit like tai chi) and SPARRING (actually fighting other people…one at a time, of course). He's 14 and it's his first ever martial arts tournament. He's SO looking forward to it, I can't begin to express how much. I'm still fighting myself to not feel nervous and silly being "so old." Thankfully you compete against people in your age and belt category, so I will presumably have others similar to me to compete against: Green Belt Women 30 & Over.

I've done this once before. When I was in my early 20's, before I had kids, I had done karate and participated in 1 tournament. I only did sparring and did not perform as well as I expected. I keep letting that play in my mind and wonder if that will happen again….that I'll go in thinking I'll do well and get knocked out in the 2nd match. I will replace that fear with the message that I have practiced and will do my very best and will trust God with the results. It will be a great experience and I can't wait to watch others from our dojo also, especially my son.

Prayers for the safety of all the competitors are much appreciated! I'll let ya'll know how it goes.
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