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October 22, 2005

drunken master

So there I was, my first Taekwon-Do competition in over a year. In fact, the last competition I partook in was the European Championships in Tampere, Finland. Although having some success in that one, it was all overshadowed by me tearing a ligament in my right foot the day before the competition was due to commence. And then of course my tonsillitis meant that i couldn't train for a while…
Imagine my nerves when I woke up this morning. I wasn’t sure I could even remember my patterns any longer, and to make matters worse this was no ordinary competition. It was the European Cup!! I felt like I had something to prove; I wanted to regain my position in the English National Team and this weekend was my chance to show my instructor that I indeed am the best in England at first degree patterns. I could not stop shaking…I felt like I had elephants performing a tango in my stomach (however they would have got in there is another question).
This morning I left my parents’ house at quarter past seven. I was tired, I was hungry and all I wanted was for the day to be over. We got to the leisure centre in Crawley, West Sussex, at about 8 o’clock at which time I started practicing my patterns, all 12 of them. My first pattern in the ring was awful, I lost my balance, I did a wrong move (which of course would give me zero marks for that pattern, if the referees saw it, and would mean a sure loss). Not wanting to offend her, but that girl I was up against must have been shit because after having drawn with her I had to perform another pattern, which gave me the victory. I was through to the next round, which I won comfortably. However, making a wrong move (AGAIN!!) in the semis meant that I lost 3–2 and had to settle for a bronze. A lot better than any of the other English girls parading around in their England doboks, like they’re shit-hot (am I the only one who feel that you have to be really, really good, basically unbeatable, to do that??), but I know that if I had only done a bit more training then I would have had that gold. I don’t know if this says something about the standard of the females competing or if I’m just really, really good?! ;)
My team won the team patterns very comfortably, crushing our opposition to take the gold medal, and we actually managed to have a laugh at the same time. Obviously not during out pattern, that is very serious matter. Well, for some at least…
So first day of the competition and I came away with a gold and a bronze. Tomorrow is team sparring and all I hope is that I don’t have to go up against 3 times World Champion Julia Cross. Apart from her, no one should be able to beat me to something resembling a slaughtered pig. I guess that we’ll just have to see.

To be continued…

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