Competing Saturday, made a big difference. There weren't enough adults (16+) for judging, so she was elected to help out, even though she is 15. So, it was a big day, first the board breaking, which she had a cool break and I had a camera operator glitch, and not only got bad pictures, I couldn't get the video going.
So, you'll just have to use your imagination. She did a jump double break with both legs split, and came down immediately to a hammer fist on the ground. She didn't break the left board the first time, but did the second and got a first. She has trouble with that left leg. (She can do this, really.)
Then is was judge, judge, judge, forms, padded sword sparring, regular sparring. And her first time, too. She did very well, her scores were compatible with the older judges. It is nerve wracking work, but that is part of the deal when you get to be a black belt. There are responsibilities as well as the fun.
Then came the form part of the competition. Lynette does forms very well, but she wasn't as prepared as she could have been or as confident. And, she knows that her teammate (the one who won grand champion two years ago) can blow her away in forms. And she did. Lynette got third, removing any chance of getting a grand champion trophy in forms.
She was MAD. I knew it. It was the kind of mad that spurs Lynette on to really good performance. It's the kind of mad that works really well when sparring is the next event. I knew what was going on in her mind. She was going to win that event, no matter what. And she did. I have never seen her spar that hard or with such determination. And where some people when they get mad, they spar so aggressively, someone gets hurt or they get warnings. But not Lynette. She was quick, and clean, and fast. She was in a division with 5 young women all older than she was. She won the first match by four points, the second match by two. And then the final match, for first and grand champion women's sparring, she was facing two 2 minute rounds. At the end of the first two minutes the girls were tied 3-3, Lynette would get a point, and her partner would match it. Lynette said she knew she needed a bigger margin, and pushed up a notch to make a two point spread just as the match ended.
She did it. And she was happy! And we were proud. I was so nervous through the whole match.
Well, here is NOT a picture of what a tournament is like, since I can't get the videos to load.
Accepting 3rd Place
No video here either.