Friday, December 03, 2004

Confidence Boosters

So I am 90% sure (barring injuries, of course) that I will compete in February, this will be my first time in almost 8 years. (My last competition was the Mayor's Cup, where I wound up on a backboard as a precautionary measure after getting slammed with Osoto Gari to lose my last match in competition). Ironically, I remember now, 8 years later, what throw it was. When I was being put on the stretcher I remember one of the officials asking if I remember what throw I was thrown with to Ijure myself, my reply: 'If I knew that, I would have been able to counter it!'.

I mentioned this to a colleague yesterday. He asked where the tournament was, I said in Brooklyn. He asked me to get him the details when the time came so he could be there to root me on. He started to boost my confidence.

I think maybe when I was in college, I thought too much about not losing to ever think of winning. In addition, while my Sensei and teammates were very supportive, I didn't get that much support outside of Judo. I think that as long as I stay Injury-free and don't compete more than a handful of times a year, my wife will be supportive and so will my boys.

I guess I just need to stay positively focused for the next few weeks as I gear up for the tourney, and Maybe I will produce results.

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