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26 October 2009 @ 10:19 pm
Watch me get whupped on!  
Still haven't had time to put together a real comprehensive post on my trip, but to tide you all over here's a couple of videos of me at the tournament:

My match from the men's team randori event:

The freestyle kata I did with Ash:

I don't think there's any video of my individual randori match, or my koryu dai san suwari waza with Aaron from the kongodantaisen.
Derakonderakon on October 27th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Interesting, and completely different from the Shotokan karate I'm used to.

Was the baton in the randori meant to represent a knife or similar weapon? I noticed your "defense" was a lot more aggressive than your opponent's, though I suppose that having the advantage in height and mass makes a big difference there.

That kata looked exhausting.

Thanks for sharing these!
gwalla: king crimson fingergwalla on October 27th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's supposed to be a tanto (knife or dagger). Each competitor has the tanto for half of the match and has to try to stab. It is possible to get some throws when you have the tanto, though.

The kata was exhausting! We also blew it. Ash flubbed a technique about halfway through, turned the wrong way and improvised something. The other pair was way better than us anyway.

Edited at 2009-10-27 03:58 pm (UTC)
cholma: evil grincholma on October 27th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
This isn't martial arts! I've seen Jackie Chan movies; you can't fool me! ;p

What was that item in your hands in the first video? In my head, your opponent kept saying, "don't tase me, bro!". :D
willyumtxwillyumtx on October 27th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yah, I'm curious about the stick as well. Does it represent a knife? Can you use it to "bop" the opponent on the head?
gwalla: king crimson fingergwalla on October 27th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yes to the knife, no to the bopping. You're only allowed to stab from belt to armpits, for safety reasons (the thing is foam rubber in a leather pouch, but it still hurts if you get it in the neck).
gwalla: fgsfdsgwalla on October 27th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
This is closer to Steven Seagal than Jackie Chan. :P
Drooling Fan Girldroolfangrrl on October 27th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
what was your number?
gwalla: bad hair daygwalla on October 27th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
250. I'm the white guy who isn't super tall.