Being Smart in Challenging Times!

Being Smart in Challenging Times!

I was feeling as though I had slightly overindulged over Christmas. The combination of lockdown and the poor weather meant that I was less inclined to exercise. I was immensely grateful for the kickboxing sessions over zoom with my friends from the dojo, but I had...
Competitions…Let it go, let it go!

Competitions…Let it go, let it go!

After giving a poor performance at my last competition, I spent the rest of that evening and next day going over the disappointment and dare I say it, embarrassment. It is very easy to go over and over what happened, however, getting stuck there is a complete waste of...
Feeling the Fear? Are you sure?

Feeling the Fear? Are you sure?

How do you feel before a karate competition or grading? Stomach tense, heart beating fast, anxious anticipation of what’s about to happen?  Typically, the answer would be nerves or fear. However, which other emotion shares the same bodily symptoms of pounding heart,...
Do I have to compete?

Do I have to compete?

To compete or not compete? I have a great appreciation for the benefits of competition. However, I also completely understand why someone may not want to compete or have their own child do so. With such an exceptionally small percentage becoming elite level...