The first effort I made in a TKD competition
This was originally posted on blogger here.
The final result? I tied for second in the over 35 category.
I had managed to catch a flu bug going into this effort, so had serious second thoughts. If my father had not shown, I'm sure I would have just forfeited. However, since my father was coming, I had no choice but to compete. Therefore I'm glad he came, because it was worth the experience.
My fellow competitors in my age group were a nice bunch of guys. We joked about our age and encouraged each other on. I certainly cheered when they did their forms. I hope to see them again in the future.
A few general things first before my form commentary: During the form my vision narrowed down amazingly. I could not hear a thing besides my own thoughts, which were loud.
And now the specific commentary:
- I need to get my uniform pants hemmed.
- My deep stances were shallow.
- My first two front stances had bent knees. Brandon Winegarden fixed this but I did not!
- My high side kicks at the beginning had poor extension and sucked.
- The high side kicks in the middle looked good, but the landing on one of them was iffy.
- My front kicks were good.
- My hand techniques were crisp.
- I leaned too far forward on the knee strikes.
- The last four stances were stepped through incorrectly. Scott Sawicki pointed this out to me 30 minues and while I thought I corrected it in the form, I obviously did not.
- I made a big mistake on the last hand technique and I was facing to the side. This might have cost my first place.
- In general my form could have used more energy. Watching the video I look like a robot.
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