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I attended my first Karate Tournament

In the past, I avoided Martial Arts Tournaments like the plague. I saw no value in them from a martial standpoint. I was wrong.

Out of obligation to my instructor, I attended a tournament over the weekend. While I still disagree with the rules in sparring, I understand the need for them. The other events (Kata, Weapons, Breaking) are what really made me come to appreciate the value of Tournaments and competition, specifically in Martial Arts.

I performed well in Kata and Sparring, taking 1st place. My fellow competitors congratulated me and promptly told me they were going to have to up their game for the next time we met in competition.

Ah ha! The value was not necessarily just in winning the tournament, but in being competitive and seeing what performance others were capable of; but wait, there's more!

Which Martial Art to Study? -- More Feedback/Answers


Two days ago I posted, "Which martial art to study?" - a reader asked me which I'd recommend. I shared my experience, but also reached out to the crowd here since I know we've got some martial artists who stop by.

Some fantastic replies.

Julio wrote:

I would tend to agree with Sebastian, it depends more on the teacher and your connection with him or her than the actual art, though some arts will be easier than others to master (depending on your body type).

There are only a few things I would add. First, Systema is not only an amazing fighting art, but actually can teach you how to be calmer. There are no forms or formal meditation or exercises, but the way it is taught and its focus on introspection achieves a lot of the same things. I have many years of kung fu and meditation experience and can tell you that it can give you amazing access to these spaces in a very short amount of time.

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