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#7 Intra Dojo Match is Over!

Posted on 2014/03/04

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The recent CARPE DIEM intra-dojo competition was a great success. Everyone was really into it. We instructors talked a lot about the matches we made so that all of the competitors were evenly matched in their abilities. There were no one-sided draws and there were a lot of fierce battles. Even though this wasn’t a public tournament there were a lot of students for whom this was their first competition match. I think they were probably quite nervous. Whether they won or lost I am sure they felt exhilarated after their matches.

Iron Nakamura, who is in training for an MMA bout next month, also participated. The match between Brown Belt Masaki and Iwasaki, who beat him at his own game was also a great watch. Thanks to everyone this was a fabulous event. I am thinking to hold events like this about 3 times a year, the next one being in summer.

In the main event Yukinaga unfortunately dislocated his finger. He went right to the hospital and several days later had surgery on it. He will need a couple of months for it to heal if all goes well but after that he will be able to come back. At the end there there was dead silence, eh?

When it comes down to it Competition is risky. Without a doubt, what we are all doing is a Martial Art. I guess that some of the students who saw the finger go like that were a bit shocked but I wanted them to take a good look. Day to day “Sparring” and “Competition” are completely different things. If you go at sparring the same way you fight in a competition then there is a big chance of getting injured. Even if do not get injured then you cannot improve your technique so just don’t do it.

So what exactly is the difference between sparring and competition? If think about things like speed and extreme power then the list is endless. To put it into one sentence though, “In competition you only think about yourself, but in sparring you also think about your partner.” In competition you give reign to your ego and within the rules you do everything you can to win. It’s all well and good to say “I don’t want to use that technique.” I can respect that. I also think like that too. But you never know if the other guy is going to respect that or not.
For him it is a matter of doing everything he can to get you to tap.

While on the other hand, in sparring you have to be thinking about your partner. I would like to see you trying not to injure your opponent while putting effort into helping them develop their own techniques. Of course white belts aren’t at the level where they can think of these things when they are sparring, right? They are just trying to defend with everything they have.

I am sure that you have experienced the situation where a colored belt has let you go even though they could have submitted you so that you can learn more. This is a sign of respect for you and the sign of a great mentor. When there are a lot of guys like that enrolled it really helps us out.

Anyhow, let me get back to talking about the intra dojo match. One of the things that really surprised me was that even though it has only been 6 months since Mita opened, thanks to the great work by the instructors, the Mita guys level was great. Right now they are all white belts but I can see the number of colored belts will increase steadily. When that becomes the case I really want to hold more “Aoyama vs Mita” events. It has been a dream of mine for years to have a kind of friendly rivalry amongst branch dojos. I can really feel that its going to happen soon.

This time for the first ever event a lot of people supplied prizes. It may not be the case for the next one but I am hoping to see a lot of people participate.

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