“At any time in your life when you were ever sparring, has anyone ever once told you to circle?”- Dave Ossian-Sensei
No Sensei, I only have one direction, and it’s forward! However it turns out that if you try to charge a TKD black belt, they will kick you. Repeatedly. But if they happen to knock you down with one of those kicks, they will not try to come in on you. Which is too bad, because if I could’ve just gotten her in my guard…
My matches at the Karate State Games today went pretty much the way I thought they would. I didn’t stick to the game plan of being a defensive fighter in order to compensate for her tremendous kicking power. Instead, I was overly aggressive (as usual) and I didn’t effectively block. I would say that I beat myself, but that would be taking away from her. The better fighter won.
Even though she’s beaten me every time we’ve fought, I really like having Hilary as an opponent. If she had not signed up for Karate Kumite this year, I wouldn’t have had anyone to fight. She is the co-director of the CSG Taekwondo Competition, and she has her own school. She invited me come train with them (and learn how to stop walking into kicks ;) and I think I might take her up on her offer. Maybe I’ll trade her for some Jiu-Jitsu lessons.
What really impresses me the most about Hilary is that she is a true Martial Artist. In the first of our two matches, she won by a kick to the face (which is not legal). None of the judges realized it, and so she won. I could tell she honestly felt terrible about it. She let me know that she was aware of her error, and she apologized for it. Things evened out during our next match, when she undoubtedly kicked me and did not get a point for it. She won that match 5-1 anyway!
Two Cornhusker State Games events down, one to go. I think they should change the Jiu-Jitsu match times tomorrow to the Karate rules; matches are 3-minutes, 5 points, or submission; whichever comes first. Otherwise, with over 120 competitors, it’s going to be a very long day.
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher.
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire.” – Johnny Cash