Karate: not sure I have the flava

But I don’t think it matters.

I went to the dojo annual Karate classic tournament on Saturday, November 4, 2017 to check out the scene.  Some of my findings:

  • I don’t have the flava for sparring (kumite).  Every time I fight I get hurt.
  • I might have the flava for kata competition.  (Kata are choreographed fighting/self-defense moves.)  We will see.  I think it will be a while.  I know I have hurt my knees in the past over-practicing for kata competition.  I am sure my form is not good.  Like I think I don’t pivot on the balls of my feet as I turn and this stresses my knees.
  • I can participate in regular workouts and meet the exercise goals that I have whether I compete or not.  The group workout at the dojo is dynamic!

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  1. How did it go? Did you perhaps get better? If I was always getting hurt, I would probably find something less abusing .


    1. Hello. Yes, I did have to make that choice and find something different. I am not the man I used to be. As I “age,” it behooves me to keep searching for things that fit my capability level…without getting hurt.


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