Saturday, September 29, 2007

How to Prepare for a Tournament

Good Ideas:
  • Practice your kata multiple times a day
  • Practice your kata to an inspirational piece of music
  • Review your kata mentally, seeing yourself perform your kata flawlessly
  • Practice the facial gestures you want to use to communicate the mood of your kata
  • Practice sparring
  • Get advice from your instructors on adjustments you can make to your kata or sparring style

Bad Ideas:
  • Misperform a technique in your kata and injure yourself
  • Wait until 3 days before the tournament to practice your kata
  • Delay deciding on your weapons kata
  • Don't ask for constructive advice
  • Spar a black belt

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