Monday, November 23, 2009

In Which the Munchkins Compete

A few weeks ago the Munchkins competed in their first martial arts tournament. Master Munchkin entered Board Breaking and Flag Sparring. He set up 5 boards then struck each one, in order, quickly. The judges looked at technique and the degree of difficulty of each strike. He and another boy tied for first place so it came down to a "sudden death" contest. Only there was no death. The Master came in second but he was still pretty happy. I was just happy about the lack-of-death part.

Flag Sparring involves trying to remove the "flags" from your opponent's belt before they remove yours. The kids had a lot of fun with this one.

Miss Munchkin entered Point Sparring. This involves landing a kick or punch to certain areas of the body. Since there weren't any other participants in her belt rank, she had to spar Black Belt guys. Gulp!

Here she is, in the red belt, throwing a kick at her opponent. Of course she didn't win, but she held her own and had a pretty good attitude about the whole thing.

One of the highlights of the event was when the Master's teacher jumped over several children and broke a board. Very impressive!

They tried to get me to compete, but I insisted that they needed a photographer. So I hid behind my camera volunteered my services. I'm nice like that.


Jen said...

Hiding behind the camera is always a nice place to be :)

CountessLaurie said...

I'm not sure that student on the left is entirely sure of the teacher's ability (last picture).

Great photos!

Alisa said...

What a great experience for the kids. Congratulations for them both.
Next time, we will expect to see you jumping over kids and breaking boards. Or maybe, jumping over boards and breaking kids?
Guess it depends on the day?

MrsMama said...

Jen, I agree!

Laurie - you are right, he does look a little concerned. ;)

Alisa, you crack me up. As always!
I like your second option.