National Championship (March 2013)

This was my second Nation Championship, which was on Saturday the 16th of March 2013 and was located in Bærum. I did participate only in Kata this year too.

Preparation:
I didn’t have an optimal dinner on the Friday. There was pizza on the menu, but I did kept away from soda and drank water instead. On Saturday I have a good breakfast, was in a good shape, focused and ready for competition.

I felt the warm up was OK, because I didn’t get enough time to get a proper warm up. What happened was that the class before me was finished earlier than expected, so I felt a bit stress and not ready.

Kata:
There were 13 participants in the class and I did recognize a lot of them.

The first round was against Kjetil B. Vitsnes (Stavanger KK). I chose Jion against his Empi. Unfortunately I felt that the performance was not good during the presentation. As it did in many times earlier I felt that it was something that hold me back. I also got feedback it was clearly to others to see that I hold back. So the result was a lost of 3-2. He lost the next round against Paul M. Medhus (Tresfjord KK), so I was out of the competition.

Summary:
I did have high expectation to be one of the top three in this year’s championship, but it ended with a very disappointed result. I was very disappointed in myself that I couldn’t make “the little extra” that is needed during the presentation. And the most disappointment was I don’t know how to bring out “the little extra”. I think I just have to keep on practicing, maybe one day I will get the answer. Though I was pleased to know that I have been better comparing to the previous Nation Championship, so I still going in the positive direction.

What to do for the next tournament:
For the next tournament I think it might be wise to be mental and physical prepared before the tournament. That means I should have been through the Katas a few times before the tournament day and before the class shall start. So I’ll be ready in case there will be little time for the warm up.

Results:
1. Arne Walland (Sakura KK)
2. Christiand Haagensen (Sakura KK)
3. Fahim Azimi (Sakura KK)
3. Paul M. Medhus (Tresfjord KK)