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Sometimes a good loss is better than a bad win...

I lost all 3 of my matches yesterday, which now makes me 0-4 in all matches since returning to Judo. While I didn't get the 'W' yesterday, I did feel that I played a lot better than i had in the previous tournament, and all of my dojomates and Senseis that saw my matches had a lot of helpful tips for me. I have to say that there were many bright spots in all of my matches. First of all, I played well in all of my matches, and I felt (as did others) that I had the upper hand in 2 of the 3. In those two matches, I lost by being countered, which was eventually going to happen considering that I didn't fully commit on my techniques, and started telegraphing the third or fourth time I tried each. Here is how it broke down:

Round 1: I played a guy of about equal height, and roughly equal age - it was a pretty fair matchup. I managed to dig in my grip right away, and he seemed to have trouble with the left handed grip. I tried a couple of Ouchi-Gari - Tai Otoshi/Ouchi-Uchimata…

2 days to go - will I get it or not?

So my next shiai is 2 days away, and I truly think that I am grossly unprepared as my practice schedule has been erratic over the past month or so. This tournament is a promotional tournament, which means that how I far may or may not determine how long it takes me to achieve my next belt - Nikyu (to the un-initiated, second-degree brown belt).

From what I understand, I need to accumulate four points in wins to jump to the next level. There are various combinations of how that can happen, but in simple terms I need to beat 4 people of equal rank to advance. Given my current state of practice, I don't think it's going to happen, but I will play my best and my goal is to get at least 2 of those points.

Wish me luck, and I will tell you how it goes.

Promotional Coming Up

The last promotional tournament for my area was held in May, and I didn't sign up because of a high load of family obligations. This worked out for the best because I was sick like a dog that weekend. I have signed up, however, for the next promotional tournament, which is this coming Sunday. I will only get in one practice between now and then, but I am going to go nonetheless. I just don't want to pass up the chance. I think that I need one win to make Nikyu, and I hope that I will get it.

I have really been struggling with keeping up with Judo lately (and this blog too! - wow, only one post a month), but I really know that it has been good for me over the last 13 months, and now I need to find a way to keep at it.

I will hopefully update you all on my progress at the tournament, as well as my progress with my schedule.