Thoughts:- I know I am always discussing the differences between combat sport and actual combat, I feel it is very important to understand that they have very little in common. Secondly I sense that many people think I have a downer on the sporting philosophy, which of course I do not,. Having been part of both. I love the sporting side of the martial ways, it builds character, spirit, energy and camaraderie. It is the fun side. I remember once that Sensei said, ''Sparring and competition is the weekend'' Time to enjoy, a time of fun and expectation surrounded by an energy that fills the spirit with a certain joy of life.
Yes of course there is a certain danger of personal injury, however under the rules of engagement the referee and the medic's standing by, these tend to be minor. We also show our scars with pride, when reminiscing over a beer or two with our fellow team mates, and those who have decided to step into the arena with us for the first time.
The sporting side is a wonderful experience and offers us a safe and stable platform to enjoy our chosen school, and allows us to be part of the experience of supporting our fellow team mates and clubs Sensei.
I have participated and enjoyed many a tourney, as a competitor, and also an official, refereeing, adjudicating, promoting, and am proud to display the trophies and medals I was fortunate to have won. Both in Kumite and Kata. I even became a National Champion at one time, and awarded both the Sports Council Of Great Britain's Silver and Gold Awards for the dedication to sport.
We all need to find our own path along our journey, a path that suits us as individual's, in the midst of a very eclectic and distinctive past time.
Remember the most important thing is we enjoy what we have decided to participate in. So continue to enjoy your training, and move forward with a strong spirit, enjoying the energy created around us.