I’m spoiled. This is not a revelation, actually. I’m an only child, and my mother was loving, though critical. Today, however, I learned that I’m even spoiled in the context of kung fu tournaments. Though I know they are all-day events that are often chaotic in their administration, I’m used to doing my thing and being out the door in no more than two hours. But not today.
For reasons that only God and the tournament organizers understand, youth, teens and adults over thirty-six were all competing out of the same ring for both traditional and wushu styles. Each style and age group had open hand, short weapon, long weapon and “other” weapon categories, and each was divided by gender. And because they put the old folks, traditional style and weapons all last, I spent just shy of four hours watching the competition before I was finally in it.
At one point I was irritated. At another, my muscles were completely cold. But when the moment of truth arrived, I felt my nerves in my throat for the first ten to fifteen seconds of the form – much too long not to make a mistake because of them, and still banged it out like I love it, because I do. Either the judges didn’t notice the flubs, or they liked the rest of my minute so much that they didn’t care about a spin being too wide and a stance being too high.
I took first place for advanced women over thirty-six and got the highest score of all adults, men included! I’ve said before that I never seem to be able to show my kung fu abilities when it counts, only when it’s me and a mirror. But not today.
February 22nd, 2014 at 4:58 pm
Awesome! And an awesome blog today. Wanted to work “not today” in there somehow…but it just wouldn’t come together….not today! Ta da! …just came to me…couldn’t help it. Anyway, congratulations!!
February 23rd, 2014 at 1:49 am
February 22nd, 2014 at 8:23 pm
I love kick a$$ women!
February 23rd, 2014 at 1:49 am
February 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 am
February 23rd, 2014 at 1:50 am
Thank you! And thanks for reading.
February 23rd, 2014 at 5:14 am
February 23rd, 2014 at 9:49 am
Thanks! How’s it going for you back in training?
February 23rd, 2014 at 9:58 am
You’re welcome, you earned it 🙂
If I told you I’d not allowed back you may not believe me. I can go back but no fight club, so many other restrictions. I am now thinking of a different form and to start over. I was really upset, now I’m feeling angry and let down by former sifu.
February 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 am
Oh, man – I’m sorry! I take it a protection of the other students issue for him?
February 23rd, 2014 at 10:01 am
Yes it is and I respect his decision but his way of going about things was humiliating for me. Thank you.
February 23rd, 2014 at 8:09 am
Teela, said it! Congratulations! And just so you know, I had to read the last paragraph first… cause “Not Today”
scared me. I should have known better…
February 23rd, 2014 at 9:52 am
Thank you! Feeling great.
I thought about that as I was posting! I definitely buried the lead. But when you’re writing on your phone from an airport, rewriting/reorganizing is less of an option. 🙂
February 23rd, 2014 at 10:36 am
Congratulations! You go, girl!!!
February 24th, 2014 at 8:09 am
Congratulations! I’ve never been to an official tournament though I’ve always wanted to go– it sounds like a blast!
February 24th, 2014 at 9:59 am
Many thanks! It is a blast. I had to be dragged to my first one; now, I find myself looking for the next.
Thanks for reading and following. Much appreciated!
February 25th, 2014 at 7:26 am
Good skills, good skills! Congratulations!
February 25th, 2014 at 8:50 am
Many thanks! Hope all’s been well.
June 4th, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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