Kodak Moment #94

I got hundreds to thousands of photos through my life.  A lot of which would match up to stories here on Cowabunga Corner, but for one reason or another they are not chosen.  This does not mean that these photos are not worth sharing and do not hold stories of their own.  I would like to keep sharing what I can here on the site, so whenever I can I will share a photo and a story to go along with the photo.  If it’s a part of events that has been shared here, we will link back to the stories of the events themselves as well.  Hope everyone enjoys.  Today’s photo is at a Tournament.

This is after a Tournament, getting ready to go.  I kept my gear in that Ninja Turtle duffle bag near me, I have my two metals hanging around my neck and I’m wearing an orange baseball cap for Naama Karate.  This is early on at Naama, as I’m still a purple belt which was my first belt there.  Before joining Naama I was in Tang Soo Do, so they tested me to see which belt I was at and found I was a purple belt there.  The belt system went white, yellow and then purple.  I never had a yellow belt my entire time in Karate.

I do not remember which metals I got at this tournament, though I still do have them somewhere in my collection.  Most of my stuff is in storage at this time.  I do know that I loved going to tournaments as they were fun and it was good to see how you were doing against students from other schools.  I had a very strong throat when I was young, my yell during fights and forms could be heard through the gym as others were also yelling.  My Sensei would say he always knew when I was up competing because of it. 

Have you ever got to take part in a Karate Tournament?  Please share thoughts, comments and questions below!



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