This tournament was on Saturday the 14th of September 2013 and was located in Berlin (Germany). I also did participated last year, but I only attempted in the Kata class. This year I participated in both Kata and Kumite (Senior -75Kg and Senior Open).
Preparation and goal:
The preparation of Kata and Kumite wasn’t that good as it should be. After the vacation my general stamina was in a bad shape, therefore I chose to focus on improving my stamina. So I could stay focus in the game and make good techniques.
There was origin ten contestants in this class, but two of them doesn’t showed up. I was unlucky with the draw, so I got walkover straight to the semi-final. In my opinion it would be more fun if I could participated all the rounds instead of having the walkover. Otherwise I did recognize two of the contestants, I did lost to one of them last year.
In the semi-final I competed against Anders Rasmussen (Danmark). We both chose Kanku Sho, but I did lost 0 – 3. I felt that my performance was fair, but that wasn’t my very best performance.
I chose Kushanku for the bronze final and the contestant was Philipp Beutler (Germany). The performance of Kushanku was good, I did have good with pauses and had focus through the whole Kata. Anyway I did lost 1 – 2 againt his Kanku Sho.
There was 29 contestants in this class.
The first round was againt David Frankowski (Gernamy). My strategy was to be offensive and still be relax and calm. I manages to execute two good Gyakuzuki and got score for these techniques. Unfortunately I was also countered during my offensive behavior. The game ended with 2 – 2, but I did won on the judge’s decision.
In the next game I contested againt Dylan Janssens (Netherland). In this match I chose to be less offensive. After half way in the game I felt my legs got tired. My contestant has more stamina and did want the game 2 – 1. He did lost the next match and therefore I was out of the competition.
There was origin 33 contestants in this class. Because of the delay, many of them didn’t showed up, so the class was reduced a lot.
My first match was against Andreas Suoranta (Stavanger KK, Norway). The fight was equals, but he was a bit better and want the game 2 – 0. He did lost his next match, and again I was out of the competition.
The warm up for Kata and Kumite was OK. Even I was focused, I still felt lack of the “fighting spirit”. Though I did my best and was pleased the performance. I was most disappointed that there were few participants in the Kata class.