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    My first tournament...

    Yesterday I entered my first karate tournament. I wasn't sure if I was ready or not, but I went in there to get some experience.

    My opponent was a kickboxer from "Nihon Kickboxing," who had a huge reach advantage, so I was told by my teacher to concentrate on body blows and leg kicks. She told me if any of my body blows did any damage to go for the head.

    Well, I followed that advice and started with some jabs, followed by some hard leg kicks. I landed 3 of them. Well, due to lack of experience or just being stupid, I was looking at his legs when I got popped with a solid right hand right between the eyes. It was only a flash knockdown, but because of the rules, I lost my first match.

    I was kind of disappointed at my first showing, but I did learn something important, (i.e. you can look around, but immediately look back at your opponent's chest/neck area).

    For those of you who compete, what were your first fights like?

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    your teacher must be a woman!

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    Originally posted by Jenfucius
    your teacher must be a woman!
    That's right. She IS a woman and she's a great teacher too. However, I'm the only one in my class that participates in kickboxing, so I'm going to start training at another gym, so I can spar with face contact. I've been invited to start training at Team Dragon, so I'll let you know how I do at my next fight.

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    i was able to derive that from your use of the feminine pronoun "she" in your original post.

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    Keep yer guard up, heh heh.



    And remember that if you're throwing a low kick but the other guy punches you in the face you may fall over.
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    1 knockdown and you're done?

    Oh well you'll do better in your next tourney!
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    Originally posted by Jenfucius
    I was able to derive that from your use of the feminine pronoun "she" in your original post.
    Your powers of deductive reasoning are phenomenal! Genius!

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    Ip: Don't be too disappointed. That's the difference between kata, sparring, and fighting. Now you know.

    You learned something. You'll have more ideas on training, and improving. Is there video? that can help a lot, too. Tunnel vision is even more of a problem in real-life situations.

    Geting in the ring is a step in the right direction, and one more step than many of us here are willing to take. Good job, and, good luck in the next one!

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    What rules were you fighting under?

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    Originally posted by Meex
    Your powers of deductive reasoning are phenomenal! Genius!

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    Better than mine. I was sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out how a man would have given him different advice. :rolleyes:

    I've never gotten in the ring . . . in front of a paying audience.

    What's the easiest route if your in LA? Next year when I visit family I want to give it a try but I wont be associated with any particular gym so . . . how do you go about that? And if some gym let's you train with them to prepare, how much do you have to adapt to their style of fighting? I mean like, I train Baji but all the gyms I've seen which were into competing were prettymuch mma or MT type places. When people talk about taking traditional styles into the ring...I'd like to but where the **** are you supposed to train? I don't feel like just canning my style for a couple months so I can complete. That kind of defeats the whole pupose, I mean testing your **** out.

    :confused:
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