I just got back from the Great Lakes All Star Open tournament with great news!!!!! I first competed in traditional advanced weapons and did the Tali-Bong with the form Siow which is Grand Master Bong Jornales's Kata (Arnis Sikaran Jornales System). I had about 6 competitors and I got 1st place! Then, I had to quick change into my traditional karate GI so that I could then compete in the 12-13 adv. Traditional open hand forms where I first did Empi and Basada back to back. These are traditional Japanese Kyokushinkai Kan Kata's. BTW, my Sensei Aaron Bailey also did Empi and got 2nd in his division. They said there was a tie for first. S then, i did Myone, Master Bong's open hand form (Arnis Sikaran Jornales System) and I won by majority. So, then with two 1st place trophies, I went on to fight in the 12-13 advanced division (again against all boys :) ) and had a buy, so i only fought twice, but I won 1 st place there too! Sensei got 1st in Fighting and then went on to fight Kiss for Grand Champion.
So, I swept in my division! I love it when everything comes together! KEWL HUH?!?!?! Happy Birthday Master Bong! This ones for you!
Oh, BTW, to the guy who yelled out when I was doing the tie-breaker with Master Bong's open hand kata Mayon, "She's doing her own kata! That's a 2 point deduction! My own! You can't learn anything if you're doing your own." FYI Mayon is a Volcano in the Phillipine Islands. Mayon is meant to reflect and tell the story of the volcano. You are a coach. You have bad manners. And, for the record, if I did make up my own kata, which I have, perhaps I should get 2 extra points for creativity, enginuity, and GUTS! Shame on you for being so rude.