Back to the competition. What happened? A lot has been on my mind for the past few weeks so I wasn’t focused. I messed up on the Long Fist Medley, Staff Medley, and Short Rods. I forgot where I was, made stuff up, and ended up facing a different direction from where I started. I felt pretty crappy at the time, but I can laugh about it now. I was even smiling before I did Short Rods because I knew I had no chance of winning. The Short Rods form doesn’t look flashy, and I had only been practicing for a few months so I can’t get the power out. One judge did say he enjoyed watching Short Rods, because they don’t often see it.
There were only 1-3 competitors in the Women’s Advanced divisions, and I lost in everything! Performance order:
- 3rd place – Northern Long Fist (Long Fist Medley)
- 1st place – Southern Short Hand (White Crane Medley) (I’m not even sure if White Crane is Short Hand or Long Hand! Anyone know?)
- 2nd place – Long Weapons (Staff Medley)
- 3rd place – Short Weapons (Qi Xing Dao)
- 2nd place – Open Weapons (殺手劍 Sha Shou Jian – Short Rods)
- Traditional Northern Advanced Women Grand Champion (by default, no other competitors competed in enough categories)
The Long Fist Medley was a total disaster and became even longer because I repeated a part. That drained me. I hid my Staff & Short Rods mistakes alright, but still ended up on a different side. Needless to say, I will not be posting these videos :p I don’t even want to watch them myself. Crane was as good as it could be, given where I am with it training-wise, but it has a ton of mistakes. Qi Xing Dao was also surprisingly okay, given how much trouble I have with that sequence. I don’t think I could’ve done much better at this point in time.
One guy broke a staff (one of those thin toothpick ones), one girl landed wrong after a tornado kick and was lying in pain for a while (I think she tore a knee ligament), and girl used a flute in the Open Weapons category (yes, she did play a few notes during her sequence). There were no puddles on the floor this time :)
Lesson of the day: I need more mental and emotional training so I can stay focused under pressure
The best thing I heard that day – after my Long Fist Medley fiasco, I sat there (probably) looking a bit dejected. A judge came up to me and said “For what it’s worth, I thought your form was the best. It was the only one where I could feel it.” That made me :D I’ll take that comment and 3rd place over 1st place any day.
I’m glad to be done with competitions for a while. I want to focus on other parts of my training and I want to practice a lot more before I compete again. I’m also glad to be done with recap entries for a while :p