We had a great time yesterday at John Morrow’s tournament in Moline. Not only did our competitors do well, but we got to see a few old friends, too.
I should mention that “well” isn’t necessarily measured in trophy count. Neither Joshu Adair Rodriguez nor Jake Potter were able to bring home hardware. However, I feel based on their kata performances and their sparring matches, both represented Metamora Martial Arts with pride and dignity. Joshu Adair especially showed he could get vicious during the game of tag that is a sparring match by forcing his opponent to lose his balance and fall over several times. I’m not trying to take anything away from his opponent (whose name I didn’t catch and who was very, very good), but I think there is something to be said for that.
I was stunned to hear that I’d won first place in black belt forms – and by one-tenth of a point, at that. There were so many other great forms competitors in both the men’s and women’s divisions. I saw Tomari Bassai, which I learned from the black belt who performed it that the kata is just one of the many variations of Bassai Dai. I saw an Empi Sho performed with kamas, which was very cool. And I was very excited to see a couple who practiced tai chi chuan perform and place highly. It’s an honor to be able to show my art – our art – with people who are so similar but so different at the same time.
One of my favorite parts about Morrow’s tournament is that one Metamora Martial Arts alumnus, Joe Maubach, lives in the Quad Cities area. Every time we travel to this event, I’m grateful that Joe always shows up to support our team. After the tournament, we had a good mid-afternoon dinner at River House.
All in all, I’m very happy with our experience at Mr. Morrow’s. We’d love to go back next year.