Saturday, October 16, 2010

Wax on...wax off

Today Jason got to do something that he's been training for since February.

Today was Jason's very first Karate Tournament!

We arrived at the high school with not a clue as to what to expect. I have to say that as happy as I am that Jason is doing this (because it has seriously improved his confidence), that the communication between sensi and parent is not up to snuff.  We were given a form to fill out for him and had to ask around to figure out what exactly do we fill out. I hate coming into things unaware. UGH! But once that was all settled, we waited some more until all the teams and dojo's got there and the rules were explained. After that, we broke up into little groups comprised of belt ranking and age.

Jason was going to competing in two catagories. His Kata.....

From Wikipedia: 
Kata (型 or 形 literally: "form"?) is a Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements practised either solo or in pairs. Kata are used in many traditional Japanese arts such as theater forms like kabuki and schools of tea ceremony (chadō), but are most commonly known for the presence in the martial arts. Kata are used by most traditional Japanese and Okinawan martial arts, such as aikidō, iaidō, jōdō, jūdō, jūjutsu, kenjutsu, kendō and karate. Other arts such as t'ai chi ch'uan and taekwondo feature the same kind of training, but use the respective Chinese and Korean words instead.

....and Sparring.

First up, was his Kata. They mixed him in with white, yellow, gold and orange belts. I didn't understand it but whatever...

Preparing to can see the nerves showing through!

And his score...
Not too bad Jason!

Onto his Sparring...

He takes one to the gut!

Good game...good game!
Second round....


And it's over shortly after it began....
Unfortunately Jason didn't place this time. He was very close though and truth be told, I am so extremely proud of him. The tournament not only reinforced his confidence but gave him a little more fire to keep at it and practice more. He'll be ready for the next one!

Way to go Jason! Momma and Daddy are so proud of you!

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  1. ME TOO!! SO proud of you Jay!! LOVE you!!

  2. Congrats Jason! That is awesome!