the tourney

Blurry This morning Elijah and I went to the martial arts tournament. We only saw Sarah compete though, they do the younger groups first.

We had to sit on the floor when we got there because I had Elijah in the stroller and so we needed to be near to the floor (as opposed to high up in the bleachers). And, of course, you’ve got a ton of people who have put their bags and crap on the lower seats, so there wasn’t any room for us. I sat on that hard floor entirely too long and my back still hurts.

Forms Forms Forms Getting instructions Waiting

And, of course, you’ve got a ton of kids with no respect that come and stand right in front of you while you’re not only trying to watch people compete, but take photos. From where we were, we could see Sarah do her forms, but I couldn’t get any photos thanks to those kids… and adults for that matter.

Enjoying the Tournament Trying to be tough Check distance Taking a breather Sparring

But I moved when she sparred and after she beat this girl, that whole family left so there was room for everyone else to come on over (my parents-in-law, Elijah, a family friend). So Sarah won the first round of her sparring but she lost the second against some boy. I don’t even know why he was competing with them in the first place, the groups are usually segregated by male female and then by age and then by belt rank. I found this kid to be quite rude though, when he gave Sarah the Morpheus-to-Neo “come and get it move.” That was entirely rude and I think meant to intimidate, piss off, or belittle Sarah. And none of that is what martial arts teaches, especially this type of martial arts.

Taking a fall Honorable Mention Ready? Waiting for her turn Sarah kicking butt

Oh well, it doesn’t matter if she won or not. She did her best and she did very very well. I’m so proud. :)