Safe to say I’m a little bit excited.

Tomorrow I am competing in the 40th anniversary South West of England Tae Kwon-Do Championships and I’m quite excited about it. I’ve been a black belt since 2007 but the last time I competed in a competition was about a year before I got my black belt, so quite a long time ago now. I usually officiate at competitions now as I’m required to officiate at several a year in order to qualify to grade for my next Dan this coming October. However I thought that I would put myself out there and have a go at competing at black belt level, which isn’t easy to say the least. The competition is tough because there is such a high standard at black belt especially with me now being in the adult range. Though I am in the lightweight division so will be up against people of a similar weight and size to me. I’m not expecting to place, though that would be a welcomed surprise. I like to think I’m quite good at Tae Kwon-Do, actually it’s probably the only thing I’m good at, so I’m just going to try my best and see how far I get. I’m competing in 3 different aspects of Tae Kwon-Do, patterns; which is like a set sequence of moves and there is a pattern for each coloured belt and 3 black belt patterns for my Dan grade. I’m going to be doing one of my black belt patterns which has 44 movements, so hopefully I won’t mess it up! Then I’m competing in Sparring; which is the fighting element of Tae Kwon-Do, so I will be up against black belt women under 55kg, hopefully I won’t get too beaten up. Also competing in a Tag team sparring event with my instructor and his son who is also a black belt, so looking forward to that as well.

From my club there are about 20 of us going, about half competing and half are black belts who are officiating. The competition is held about 2 hours away from us, so have to leave pretty early in the morning to get there before 9am, and then it is likely that it won’t finish till the evening, so it’s a long day. However I’m looking forward to the experience, competing and supporting the people from my club.

Hoping for a relatively good pain day tomorrow, been preparing for the competition by having lots of rest, self care, sleep and of course training hard. I’m excited for tomorrow, and whatever the outcome I will be pleased and proud of myself just for taking part despite chronic pain and illness.

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