MMA Mama vs. (Scaredy Cat) Me
Years ago I made a “family bucket list”, things I wanted to do as a family before my Thing 1 and 2, leave home. One of the things I wrote down was family martial arts. A little over a year and a half ago I cancelled my gym membership and we started studying taekwondo as a family. We didn’t begin intending of competing but a week and a half ago we did just that. Thing One, Thing 2, and I all competed in our first regional taekwondo tournament. Here are some pictures.
“Dude, who needs a warm up? Mom’s crazy.”
Thing 1 is pretty shy and very sensitive.
While we waiting for his turn to compete I started to
freak out worry that sparring other kids in front of an audience might scar him for life upset him so I told him he didn’t have to spar if he didn’t want to. I’m glad he didn’t listen to me because he took 2nd place and more importantly kept a good attitude while facing his nerves.
His last match was really exciting. He was ahead by 4 points. Then the other kids scored and they were tied. In the end the other kid scored and won by one point.
Thing 2 loves to spar and got a 3rd place. He also got a 3rd place in weapons.
I also competed in forms (a memorized routine) and sparring.
Check out the intensity. It’s okay, you can laugh. I am.
I won my first 2 matches. The first girl I sparred was really good even though she had little control over her punches. This is NOT boxing, people. It’s taekwondo. We are supposed to have CONTROL. Yeesh! She might have beat me had she not punched me in the face (not allowed) THREE times and got a penalty called.
For my third match I had to spar a girl who I’ll refer to as MMA mama. (Come to find she does or has done MMA.) She’s very intense. I had watched her in her first two matches and
I was praying for my life hoping I wouldn’t have to spar her.
No such luck.
MMA Mama and
Scaredy Cat Me
“Sparrrrr!” That’s what they call out to start the match.
She was punching HARD. Never mind you get a point for just TAPPING someone on an area that counts.
(Brief scoring lesson: 1 point for a punch or kick to the chest, 2 points for a kick to the head, 3 points for a jump kick to the head.)
She scored 3 points on me right away. I was a little thrown but then I collected myself and started to really focus on my defense. I scored 2 points on her and then “TIME” was called so she ended up winning by 1 point and took first while I took 2nd. I also took 2nd in forms. There were 10 women in our ring and I left happy because, after all, it’s just for fun!
Afterwards, we went out for dinner afterward where I ate one of my favorites, ceviche. I didn’t take a picture because I’m an awesome food blogger like that but trust me it was GOOD.
Here is me and my crew with our medals*.
*Note – I did not wear my medal out to dinner. That would be ridiculous. Brent insisted I put it on in the parking lot. I felt (almost) equally as ridiculous.
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