Karate Tournament Results

View Photos – I hope to have the video of our team kata and my individual kata posted this weekend.

We took 1st place in the Women’s Team Kata.  It was really close, as the second place team did a fantastic job of Jion perfectly synch’ed.  We did Gojushiho Sho, which is a more difficult kata, so it gave us a slight edge.  i haven’t seen the video yet.  i can’t wait to see the video.

I took 2nd place in the women’s black belt (age 28-35 category) individual kata.  I did my kata more "martial" and the first place kata winner did hers more "art", but she had a lower stance and was more technically accurate than i was, and she trains at the main FSKA dojo (with Shihan), so I felt honored to tell her congratulations.

The best moment for me the entire trip was doing the Yame (finishing move back to the ready position), feeling the tape under my feet (you are supposed to start and end on the tape), and hearing everyone from my dojo start cheering very loudly for me.  A close second best moment was having Shihan (the title for the top ranking instructor in the FSKA style of karate) take a picture of me during my individual kata (as my karate team told me afterwards).  Now that is worth any gold medal.  =)

Seriously though, it was an honor to be able to compete.  It had been 12 years since i had competed in a tournament.  And to train for 9 months straight, to be able to make a commitment to your team, to be able to follow thourgh injury-free, and to do compete among people from all over the world is why i love karate.

I cannot wait to see the video.

Comments (15)
  1. MSDNArchive says:


  2. Congrats Sara! It’s great to get those kind of results after so much effort.

  3. Tim says:

    "I took 2nd place in the women’s black belt"

    Hmm…remind me to be nicer about Visual Studio.

    So, are you looking forward to seeing the video? 🙂

  4. saraford says:

    Oss!  =)

  5. Susan says:

    How wonderful for you and the team. Congratulations – may this ‘high’ last a long time for you

  6. jane says:

    conratulations and we are all very proud of you here in waveland.  congratulations to your team and hope all are very happy.

  7. Bill W says:

    Congratulations.  Competetion always brings one’s training to another level.  Hope to see more about your training and competing.  

  8. Don G says:

    Hopefully you will be able to post the video some place so we can see how you did.

  9. saraford says:

    Thanks to Josh (a good manager removes roadblocks), i have the video on my tablet.  now i just need to create the segments and get them posted. Probably last this week or over the weekend.  

  10. Hi Sarah..I was searching for Gulf Coast Shotokan Karate b/c I used to be a member at that dojo a few years back..I was thinking about starting back up..anyway..your blog showed up in a search and I was wondering if you could provide me with any information about where Rainee’s dojo is now….a number, address, website. It would be greatly appreciated.



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  11. saraford says:

    I’m heading home for Turkey day.  I plan to stop by and say hi to the old dojo, and to show them photos of the FSKA tourney.  I’ll get back with you about where they are at.  Last year at this time, they were in Diamondhead at a youth gym, but it’s been a year now, so I hope they’ve found a good dojo facility by now.

  12. Mat says:

    Hey, congratulations, very nice results!

    Keep it up!

  13. corwyn@hotmail.com says:

    Any word yet on the video?

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