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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tumbleweed Karate Championships, Abilene 04.15 & 16.11

The weekend we had so looked forward to has come and gone, and quite quickly for that matter. It seems we just got started and it was over. The weekend started out Friday night at the dojo. Mattie May had continuous sparring and breaking.

There were only three in her division for sparring so she had a bye in the first round (Yeah!). She met up with Rayven for the final round. I still haven't decided if this was a good thing or bad thing. She and RayRay practice together all the time but don't usually meet in at tournaments because Mattie May is a beginner and Rayven is in advanced. So it was good for MayMay to actually have to compete against her, but I don't think she (MayMay) could actually seperate that this was competition and she was pretty distracted.

She had pretty good form...

But Rayven was better.
She got second place in continuous sparring with Rayven getting first. Yeah to both of them!!!

Then is was on to breaking. She was entered in first time breaker and foot stomp and hand break.

First time breakers was first, followed by hand break and foot stomp (pictures soon)
She got first in hand break (hammer fist) and second in foot stomp.

She walked away with four trophies for the night. Saturday was at Sears Park Recreation Center. It was a long day. forms was first.
(The following 3 photos were taken with my iPhone and edited with Instagram)

She has been working on her horse stance and it does look much better. And look at those thumbs! Right where they are supposed to be!

Thumbs still good and look at that concentration!

And check out this split! Looking good MayMay!!

But all that work and no prize. She is getting better and better. Once we get that kata down, we are going to start working on entering and exiting the ring and on the introduction. Small pieces at a time. I hope I have the patients!

It was another tough day on the sparring mat. She was up against a girl she has fought before and has beaten. She was ahead of her too, but she came from behind and knocked Mattie May out in the first round. That little girl went on to fight for first but I'm not sure how she did.

After such a long day, Lolo decided that Mattie May needed a treat. We snuck out of the house and to the nail salon where I treated her to a manicure and pedicure. Isn't she just a doll?!

So we will continue to work on Mattie May's form and her technique in the ring. I know it will all come together and I am the only one that seems to not have the patients to wait. I know she is only five and has not even been doing this for a year, but i am afraid if she doesn't start winning she will lose interest. I want her to be involve in this for a long time!!

Her next tournament isn't until May but she is still busy working at the dojo. This Saturday, Team Abilene is doing a demo during half time of the Abilene Ruff Riders football game. Then next week she is going to do a creative breaking demo at church for our talent show. Busy, busy, busy. But God has blessed us with the time and her the ability to do this. And she is just so darn cute when she is out there!

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dragon Rock Classic - Austin 04.02.11

Austin, Texas!!!! I love this city!! The capitol city of the Great State of Texas! I am one of the few people around that can say they have been as far up in the rotunda as a person can go. This was many years before they shut it down to tourist and I was a senior in high school the last time we were allowed to go up that far. I can also say that is the first time I realized that I was afraid of heights! I don't really remember how they got me down the spiral stair case, but they did! I have a few pictures from our visit to the capital building on this trip that I will post later. But now, let's talk karate.

We are still very new to this sport and we learn something new with each tournament we attend. I always compare them to track meets; you spend a lot of time waiting for your child's event, enjoy about 30 seconds watching them before it is over, then it is back to waiting for the next event.

This affects Mattie May more than it does some of the other participants because she is only entered in two events. We don't enter her in the demo event any more and she is not ready to be in specialty forms. But she will get there. Because she does spend so much time waiting, she looks like this a lot of the times... Yes, that is a yawn. I wish I could tell you she was cheering on a team mate or even singing, but is a yawn! LOL

This time she was to have been last in her forms (Kata) but because a little boy went when he was not supposed to and the judges missed a little girl, she was second to last. As with anything where you are judged, the advantage with being last is 1)you are the last thing the judges see and 2)they are more free to score you higher because they don't have to wait to see what is coming up.

Now I'm not saying that this would have helped her win anything. If you look at the following pictures, you can see she needs some work on her forms.

See those thumbs? They are not supposed to be inside her fist.

See that bent right leg? Yeah, it should be straight and her foot should be flat on the floor.

Again with the thumbs in the fist and this time her left knee is bent! And believe it or not, she really shouldn't be smiling!

I know! She's only five! But so are the other competitors and some younger than that! She competes in the 5 and under division! But it is just like any other sport, get rid of the bad habits while they are young!

So I'll make you think about where she placed in this one - there were five competitors, they awarded four places and she didn't get a prize! But we really know what she needs to work on now!! And she is getting better every day!

Now on to sparring. And again, this just wasn't her day! Here she is getting ready for her first round. Let me know if you see anything a little strange in this picture...YES! That is one tall five year old! Now I'll tell you, Mattie May is not the tallest child we've ever had in our family and I know a five year old can be tall (Katie was always tallest in her class), but this kid was really up there! The perspective of this picture does make him look a little taller than he really is, but... wasn't just his height, he had some amazing skill for someone in the beginner division! But Mattie May did not seem the least bit intimidated, so the fight ensued.

Kick #1 - it was pretty hard, but look how she is standing straight on! Kick #2 - Blurry picture, but same result

Kick #3 - finally realized she was standing wrong, but the damage was done.

Look at Momma's face in the background! He did to her exactly what we had been telling her all week to do, three strong kicks and the round was over.

Now, in this grandma's opinion (and I have more to say on this in another post) I don't think she really stood a chance against this boy. But I was very proud of her for staying in there and trying. Did she try her hardest - probably not, especially after that first kick. Did she ask to quit - absolutely not.

I will tell you, when she came off the mat and took off her head gear, she was definitely not happy. And once Grumpy asked her if she was OK, she started crying and told us that first kick really hurt her stomach. Some of you will probably think we are terrible, but she did the right thing and finished the fight.

After the tournament, I had wanted to get some pictures in her gi in front of the capital building (yes, I had permission!) but this girl was hot and tired. I did get one cute shot even though she looks more like a dancer than a martial artist... And she was a little miffed at me because I wouldn't let her get IN the fountain! She and I both have some practice to do!

Her next tournament is right here at home (yeah!)! The Tumbleweed Karate Championship on April 15 and 16. Breaking will be on Friday night at the dojo and forms and fighting at Sears Park Rec Center on Saturday. Mark you calendars and let me know if you want tickets!

God Bless!