When I came first time to China to train Kung Fu in Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School, I didn’t even think about Chinese martial arts tournament. That idea was very far from my reality. Almost one and a half year later I have already participated in two Chinese martial arts tournaments and I have performed several times in front of a bigger audience. It is not because during these almost two years I have gained great kung fu skills. It is more because Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu school makes this kind of events available for everybody, who wish to take part in it.
I will explain what happened at the last competition that I went to.
The competition took place on the weekend of 29th/ 30th of July 2018, when the weather in China was still very warm. It was located in Liangshan 凉山州 in the Shandong province, in the city, which is known for Chinese Robin Hood stories. I have learnt about this competition less than 2 weeks before the event and I started to prepare myself for it just 2-3 days before. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve already performed these kung fu forms many times so I felt pretty comfortable with them. Well at least with the fan form. The staff form, I must admit I hadn’t practiced since I have learned it, meaning since the winter 2016. But, all these forms have a similar basic movements, which we train at school almost everyday. So starting to train these two forms just 3 days before the competition wasn’t as bad as it sounds.
CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENT DAY 1
We needed to wake up very early to be ready in front of the school at 6am. There was a bus waiting for 21 students. But, only 7 students decided to take part in the competition. 2 hours driving in a bus. I couldn’t really sleep. I wasn’t very nervous. It was just uncomfortable. We arrived directly to the tournament venue.
At the beginning of each competition there is always an open ceremony. It was very impressive how the small kids and teenagers performed the jumps and kung fu skills on a hard and slippery floor. I admire them. The reason they do that without complaining is the way wushu is taught in most of the schools. You fall on a solid ground and you don’t cry, it is treated as conditioning. At some point, I guess, it doesn’t hurt so much. For me, till now, it is unthinkable to throw myself onto concrete. I need mats 😉
After the opening ceremony everybody had time for a lunch. The competing part of the tournament started in the afternoon and it finished in the night, meaning around 10-11pm. Some of our students performed after lunch, some, including me, after dinner. I was among the last students to perform. I went in front of the judges to present my last form around 9.20pm.
I have to admit, this martial arts tournament was way more relaxed for me than the last one (check it here). This time it was less of a big deal for me. I enjoyed watching a lot of the performances. Apart from kung fu, I also saw taekwondo and sanda. Taekwondo sparring was only between kids. But, in sanda, there were adults, so it was pretty intense.
CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENT DAY 2
Although the chinese martial arts tournament lasted 2 days, all our students performed in the first day. On the second day we all decided to explore a bit the Robinhood city, instead of going back to the competition place. On that day we also needed to go back to the school. We had just morning at our disposal. We missed the medal ceremony as it was on a third day of the tournament. We couldn’t stay that long in Liangshan.
CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENT – WORTH TO GO OR NOT?
I have to admit, I was a bit lazy this time going to the tournament. I had moments, when I doubt my decision, thinking why do I need to perform in front of the judges, for what purpose? But, I tell you this, every time, even when the event takes hours and hours, while your performance last just few seconds, even when you question yourself in those moments, it is ALWAYS a good experience. Whether you’ve done a good job or not. You go out of your comfort zone and that’s what matters. Somehow after going to the competition I am always more motivated. I have many thoughts about what I should improve, how many skills I can still learn and how many of my movements need more practice.
This is why, if you have an opportunity to go out of your comfort zone, to perform
- don’t let your laziness to take over,
- don’t find excuses that you don’t need this,
- don’t let your attitude to drop,
- push yourself and accept the challenge!
Believe me, you won’t regret. The only thing that you get, is more motivation!