As promised, here is the 3rd of three posts for today.
Yesterday my DS took part in his first Karate Tournament. He has "Tested" several times but this was different. There were metals at stake. He was alittle freaked out before hand and the fact that I kept telling him I would come out on the mat and kick his butt in front of everyone if he "acted" the fool didn't help.
Seriously, I told him what I always tell him, "If you try your hardest then I will never be disappointed in you. If you do not try as hard as I know you are capable of doing, then I will come out on the mat and kick your butt myself".
His teacher is always saying he has a strong "Kata" if he will concentrate and not act up. Well, he didn't let us or himself
Presenting: The KING of the 10-12 year old boys in KATA
As for his Sparing results......lets just say he got beat by a fellow "Orange belt" who went on to soundly beat a Brown belt (higher rank) so I think placing 3rd out of 4 isn't to bad. The other kid got in a lucky punch that knocked the fight out of DS and he didn't recover. At least he didn't completely fall apart on the mat like the brown belt did when the same thing happened to him. He was crying "Like a little girl".