There are various benefits in tournament participation. One would be the opportunity to come out of your comfort zone and discover more of your person.
As students, we get used to class routine and the people we work with. I’m safe to make mistakes and learn in class, but what about in tournament? What happens if I don’t know what to do? Shouldn’t I join when I know I can do it? People share common concerns when they consider entering, but the answers are found in experience. Listening to the doubts grow them into limitations that are harder to conquer. Face the challenge when they’re new and prevent them from becoming reality. You know you want to and you must try to make it true.
In class, there are moments when the lesson is overwhelming and we have the flexibility to leave it for another time. I can’t keep up with the class, I guess I’m not ready. I will practice at home and hopefully I’ll get it next class. There are also moments of trying to keep up but feeling the effects of inability. I thought I was ready, but, apparently, I’m not. Okay, maybe next time. In tournament, you are on your own and your ability shines in your moment. Yes, there are others striving for medals and they also shine in their moment. Whatever expressed in your moment belongs to your person and can’t be taken by others. Have your moment to realize who you are and what you can do.
In the atmosphere of competition, it isn’t about being one with others. Not everyone there are the people you know or are doing what you’re doing. The experience becomes more about you. When contestants are performing kata of their choice, the opportunity to compare your worth reduces and there’s more focus on trying your best. Hey, if they can look that good, then I must try to do the same. I know I have it in me. The chance to push your limit is offered and you’re still safe, even if you don’t meet your perfection. It’s amazing what others will see and it may not be what you expected.
Competing, you have a chance to let go of what you think should be and go with what you know. It feels different, but it’s a demonstration of your person and you may uncover the abilities you doubted. I got through my kata without looking at my feet. I’ve never done that before. Even if nothing new is uncovered, you will know where you are and feel brave to create new goals. When an accomplishment is gathered, there’s purpose to search for more.
So, to everyone considering tournament participation – Come on out of your ease without stress and discover your unique success! Would you be uncomfortable knowing you tried to find more of yourself? Would you be disappointed finding a path for improvement? Do you want to turn away an opportunity to love yourself?
Blog by Astrid Hardjana-Large