September 23rd, 2006

Pretend ninja

The Tae Kwon Do tournament

Things went pretty well at the Tae Kwon Do tournament. We had a LOT of fun! There were disappointments (amazingly, mostly with me and another girl in my belt class) and times when we felt really proud.

The pictures aren't great, because we had to stay across the room. They are blurry, but give a good overall impression of the boys' time in their first tournament. Scott took them home right after their age class, and mine didn't start for another two hours, so nobody took pictures of me *laugh*

We all got trophies - Matthew and I got third place and Michael got second, all within our age group and belt class.

The part where another girl and I felt a bit...robbed was the method of judging. We ended up sparring, and then doing katas (forms). In sparring, she placed first and I placed second. When it came to forms, we were neck and neck for 1st and 2nd. If you are doing both sparring and katas, you get your trophy after the katas are complete. Unfortunately, with the katas, since there were only about 8 people participating in the women's, they judged us all together. Ok, that meant that we were going against two red belts (several levels up from us - considered an advanced belt) and a brown belt. Guess who got 1st and 2nd places? Not us intermediates, that's for sure :)

All in all, I was pleased with bringing home third and we all have great trophies to display with our belts and certificates now.

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