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    Hi.

    I just got back from a tournament that my instructor put on (California Karate League) called 'The Battle of California'.

    I went to sing the National Anthem and judge, but I ended up competing too. The whole thing was a ton of fun and quite amusing.

    I'll post the Anthem on our website and put on a link when I close out the dvd and put it out. Not my best, but it went okay.

    As it happens, the information on the main website for the tournament was posted wrong or was given out wrong because there was a really low turnout. We only had two rings going at once and only about 7 judges, give or take. Non-stop action.

    I often wonder what people are judging on. I looked at some people and one person really stood out as being excellent, yet didn't place (not due to my scores). It's hard when there are different styles involved.

    At the end, when it was just down to the black belts, there weren't many of us left. For kata, it was me and two other guys (no women wanted to compete).

    For sparring, it was me and two other gals from my school (one 17 and one 15). I'll post the clip.

    Clearly, I need to go spar more. I feel motivated.

    Overall though, a fun event. I'm sorry more people didn't come.

    Do any of you compete much? (That was my first time competing in about 20 years or so)

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    I have not competed in a tournament since oct. '00. Even when I did it was probably 6 years since I did a tournament. Overall it was ok but nothing to be excited over. I got first in the forms competition. That was rather interesting b/c there were 5 judges and 4 of which gave me 8's and slightly above 8. The other gave me a 6.5. After the tourney was over I asked him what he thought about my form. He told me that since he was a Kung-Fu master instructor he realized what I was doing wrong with my forms whereas the others did not understand Kenpo forms. Go figure. I still have that form on video tape. I watched it a few months ago and said.. Dang I put everything into that form and got a standing applause from everyone there and he still gave me a6.5

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    Glad you had a good time! I'm sure you did much better than you let on. I last competed back in.. 98..I think. It was while I still studied Jiu-Jitsu though. I haven't competed in Kenpo. Some students have expressed an interest in it, but when I established a time to practice the things like free sparring (sport competition is different from self-defense study) nobody showed up. So, I gathered they weren't very serious about it and discontinued the class after two weeks. I may try it again as enrollment increases. We've had several inquiries lately and 3 new students joined in the last week or so.
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    The last time I competed was um, January. I usually hit two or three tournaments over the course of the year, and will help out judging at two more. Our school hosts a tournament every May, so I try to support our school by participating at other events on the circuit. Mostly I do it as a social activity, to hang out with my classmates and meet up with other instructors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    Some students have expressed an interest in it, but when I established a time to practice the things like free sparring (sport competition is different from self-defense study) nobody showed up. So, I gathered they weren't very serious about it and discontinued the class after two weeks.
    I thought freestyle was considered one-third of AK, equal to forms and self-defense? Does this mean you don't freestyle at all, or that your freestyle isn't really suited for tournaments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside
    I thought freestyle was considered one-third of AK, equal to forms and self-defense? Does this mean you don't freestyle at all, or that your freestyle isn't really suited for tournaments?

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    We do "2 minute" drills of free sparring but that's about it. When talk started among the studenst about an interest in competition it kind of rekindled my interest in it. But when no one actually showed up to do the training required to prepare for competition...it kida extiquished that interest.
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    I try to compete as often as I can, the last tournament I competed in was the 'Canadian Open' back in Oct.

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    The cool thing about doing kata in a tournament is that it gets you used to doing your kata in an unfamiliar environment in front of people you don't know. Or, if you know them, they are looking at you in a different capacity.

    Sparring for points is different too. When sparring for points, it ends up being 'clash-separate-clash-separate' etc. It's a lot harder to get into a rhythm when you have to separate after every clash.

    It's a whole different mindset.

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    Sounds like you had a lot of fun and that is the most important part of any tournament.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Yeah, I personally don't like point sparring but continous sparring isn't offered in many tournaments around here.

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    There aren't many tournies around here...period! The TKD people won't let us play with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    There aren't many tournies around here...period! The TKD people won't let us play with them.
    There is one of the biggest tournaments in the US just a little ways away from you. The Battle of Atlanta is part of the Triple Crown series, and is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the US.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    There is one of the biggest tournaments in the US just a little ways away from you. The Battle of Atlanta is part of the Triple Crown series, and is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the US.
    Do you have a link or any info? Thanks!
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    ..nevermind...found it. Thanks for the tip though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    Do you have a link or any info? Thanks!
    http://www.battleofatlanta.com/
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