Yesterday was the day we have all been waiting for. Finally, the Midwest Regionals. For those of you who don't know, competitors must place 1st or 2nd here in order to earn the right to compete for a spot on the US National Team. I have been preparing for this for a long time. First, Forms. I competed in the traditional multiple weapons division. The competition was tough and I had to compete against my team-mate Matthew Quintero. But, we took first and second. I won first place and all my competitors were guys! Yeah! (That's why I'm not offended when Bobbe says I hit like a girl! Instead, I'll take it as a compliment! Anyway, after that was all over, it was time for the best part.....STICK FIGHTING! I competed first in the girls, 12-17 year old division in the full contact single stick fighting. The first round I fought, I had one of my breathing attacks (vocal cord disfunction) but I got over that pretty quick. :) I fought again and again, but when it was all over, I had won first place in that too! I was pretty pumped by then, because that was the division that I was worried about. Probably because that was the division that I did not qualify for last year. But I worked hard and went in this year wanting it badly and won! So then, it was time for the double stick fighting. They called my name, and I went up to fight, and I went at it for three rounds, and at the end, when we went up to the center of the ring to see who won, they raised my hand! And, Guess What Else!!! Way COOL! I broke two sticks over the heads of my opponent and can you believe her helmet went flying off????!!! II DID! So I am so very happy to report that thanks to everyone who coached me and supported me and prayed for me, I went and SWEPT THE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, which qualified me for the U.S National Championships in California, in Feb. 2008! PRAY FOR ME! I'll be training hard and I'll do my best to make you proud!
I'm off to start the serious training!