2013 Detroit Tournament and beyond


We arrived back from Detroit this early afternoon. Home sweet home. Adventurer Jr. also had a meeting for Science Olympiad this afternoon, and Adventurer Jr. II had a bird painting scheduled as well.

Yesterday, we arrived at the tournament at 1 PM and stayed until 7 PM. I have to say, Adventurer Jr. division’s competition is tough. Many competitive kids are in this group, including kids from Costa Rica. We should have good fights next year as well. Adventurer Jr. had seen what he is up against and we devised a plan.

We’ll buy 2 paddles, 1 shield, and 2 12-inch swords to help him practice at home in addition to the training he’ll get in the classes. I will supervise and help him while he is practicing.

We are training on these 3 techniques:

  • Nadaban
  • Wheel kick
  • Round house kick

Besides these techniques, he’ll need to have some endurance training as well. Swimming should help him on this. And he’ll do Tabata with me in January. How can I forget about Yoga? That will help him relax in between fights.

There are only 3 months left for national qualifier. Time is tight and the competition is fierce. He has a goal and he believes in himself. If he practices everyday, he should be in good shape by then. If he makes to that, he will have earned his right to go to the nationals in July.

Another highlight of the day was a tag team match between Team USA and Team Canada/Puerto Rico. That’s a fight on a different level!

How can I finish this without the expenses?

  • Gas – $40
  • Spectator tickets – $18
  • Lunch – $0, (we brought food from home)
  • Dinner – $40 with coupon (at Denny’s)
  • Breakfast – $0 (provided by the hotel)
  • Hotel – $0 (reward points)

Grand total – $100

I think the $100 was worth it. Especially if Adventurer Jr. makes it to the national qualifier in March because of this. In the “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, an ancient Chinese general, it says If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win hundreds battles without jeopardy. Now that Adventurer Jr. knows his opponents and himself, he needs to act upon his plan to improve himself. And win.

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