Last weekend, I participated in my first purple belt competition. I have been competing pretty regularly since I got my blue belt in January 2012. Things did not go as planed. For the first time since I have dropped to light featherweight division, I had to fight dehydrated. I will talk more about my weight cut in my next blog. We were only three girls in my division. The loser of my first fight would have to fight the third girl to continue into the finals. I unfortunately lost my first match by 1 advantage and soon after lost my second match by points.
I have always learned much more by my defeats then by my wins. When I started competing as a blue belt, I lost my first couple of tournaments. I had to learn to compete as a blue belt. The Boston open was a great experience; I am now learning to compete as a purple belt. At every belt level, the competition learning curve gets steeper and steeper. I have all the tools to be a great purple competitor and I can’t wait to compete in the upcoming tournaments this year and apply all my new strategies. It’s all part of the learning curve.
We got to lose to learn how to win.