I’ve decided to compete in the Best of the Best Tournament that’s coming up in a couple of weeks, and now I am trying to not freak out. My biggest problem with competition is that I just really hate being watched. I think it’s a proven fact that I always do things better when no one is watching. Kitsune suggested on her blog that she could just jump the girl in the bathroom beforehand, which I thought was an excellent idea! I would totally be honest about whether I won or not, and we wouldn’t need a scorekeeper because my fights always end in submission, so the points don’t matter.
I know it’s a game and I should care about points, but I really don’t. I know how to get them, I just never focus on it when I compete. That’s even true when I point spar in karate. There have been a couple of matches that I won without even realizing it was over, because I had no idea what the score was. I just think points are annoying, and I don’t want to pay attention to them. I don’t like rules either, but I do follow those (only because I have to).
Not playing for points is one thing my husband and I agree on, One time when he was in a judo match, he was ahead by points, with only about fifteen seconds left. He could have played it safe and won, but he went for the ippon and got counter thrown. That’s how we roll!