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... have you ever made a complete dog's arse of yourself in shiai?
Ha! I did that at the Orlando Tai Kai last Feb. Whilst waiting for my turn, I was debating with myself over which of two particular kata I wanted to do for my third. Ended doing a combination of both by making the first turn in the wrong direction! To make matters worse, the folks that were taping the event had no idea I'd screwed up, but were apparently enamored of the fierce look on my face (since I'd just turned the wrong way!) and zoomed in for a close up. Not just a terrific screw-up, but preserved for posterity to boot!
Kenseikai Cup some years ago, I started with Mae, seitei Mae that is, but it somehow finished MJER.
Had many close shaves over the years. The one that sticks in my mind is the team final in the Europeans in Stockholm, when my sageo decided it wanted to be the Gordian Knot and the clock was ticking......
Also in Stockholm (at the same event) I was going for my Yondan. I was in the first group along with 3 Swedish chaps and was made to sit and wait while the sensei's had a pee break. That was a good one for 'managing your nerves' practice.
Anway, the Koryu Mae I did was at best 'so-so' followed by an average Seitei Uke Nagashi, then a forgetable Morote Tsuki and then onto Shiho Giri.
I was getting a bit pissed of by now thinking I had definitely blown it when disaster! as I put the sword to my chest ready to make the Tsuki the sticky badge attached to my left breast had curled up and decided to stick to the side of the blade. For a split second I had to decide whether to lower the sword just before the tsuki in the hope that I would unattach itself or chance that the thrust would be okay. I went with the former despite it meaning that technically the tsuki was too low. I did this beacuse I had visions of the sticky paper still being stuck to the blade as I made 3 more cuts so it would have been a bit like a flag waving contest.
I was now so pissed off that I did the rest of the grading knowing I had failed so had a real stuff it attitude.
When I came off I got a nice 'never-mind' hug off Val H. and a typical "well, that was shite" from Big Gav ( this was said jocularly).
And bugger me, not only did I pass, it was unanimous. I guess they only saw To-rei, the second part of Shiho Giri and Nuki Uchi.