14.7.2016 | 21:41
When considering the advantages of hosting a martial arts competition and thinking about personally getting involved or when reviewing the circumstances of our recent or latest participation in a tournament or competitive event, we often find ourselves asking the most commonly self-contemplated questions. Why should we host one? Who will participate? Who will be responsible? Who can help organize the event? And more importantly, how will we source all of the martial arts equipment that we will need?
Anyone who has ever spoken to anyone else who has ever competed in a martial arts tournament in today’s circuit has heard the rumors. They have been fed the war stories and they have been made to reconsider whether or not they themselves should get involved with it.
After hearing the many complications and disconcerting opinions of martial arts competitors who view themselves the victim of a scandal, many, or even most, begin to play back all of the excuses. We ask ourselves the critical questions to determine our own interest in measuring ourselves. We do this not in the way to understand the benefits, but more like the reasoning for not getting involved.
Except for the Enthusiastic Practitioner, we find fault in the system and therefore excuse ourselves from participating. Many of us have had the discussion whether or not to hosting a martial arts competition. There is much talk about corruption in the tournament staff; corruption in the ranks, unfair judging and ruling policies, systematic fighting and point systems unrealistic to the basic principals of self-defense, commercialization and the list goes on.
There are so many restrictions and regulations as to what can and what cannot be applied in the ring. Organized Sports Tournament Associations are a dime a dozen. Whose rules should be applied? There can be so much confusion that it may seem to reduce the effectiveness of martial style when compared to real world self-defense; which brings so many practitioners together into the same mindset as to wonder why they should compete at all.
With all of the excuses why not to compete I thought it reasonable to cover the redeeming facts why one should consider competing. Who is the benefactor? Is it the organizational party that collects the registration fees? Are they the concession owners selling foods and old but unused martial gear and accessories? Could they be the advertisement companies or marketers? Truthfully speaking the real benefactors are still the competitors. Although, martial arts competitions may have taken a turn for the worse in preparation, organization, operation and commercialization their original design and purpose remain in full effect today.
Though the focus has been turned away just a bit it is still all about the practitioner. Hosting a martial arts competition will take everything you have learned up to the point where you now stand. Your self-control, patience, endurance, camaraderie, sportsmanship, discipline, integrity and so much more is all laid out on the line. Let’s see how you conduct yourselves.
Each redeeming factor should be explained in greater detail than just to list them as reasons. Because of that, I have broken them down into three generalized points. Hopefully, these points will help you to understand the original design and reasoning for competition, as well as give you a better guideline into deciding your own level of participating in future events.
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