Liam competed in patterns, sparring, and breaking. He did not place in pattern, took 1st in his sparring group, and 3rd in his breaking group. Competition was tougher this time around. He's now in a group of kids that are more practiced and to win you have to be really on point. I wasn't too surprised he didn't place in pattern. He was by no means the worst in his ring, but there were other kids who were note perfect.
But that's OK with me because of two things. 1) He got up and he did his best and 2) I love watching him do it at all. No matter where he places I'm proud of him.
When it came time for sparring I was practically bursting watching him. Sparring has never been Liam's strong suit - he does pretty well but he does tend to back down to more aggressive kids. I don't know what exactly changed his mind today (not placing in pattern?) but he just refused to back down. He blocked his opponents and went on the offensive from the word 'spar.' That earned him the first place trophy in his group. It's nearly as tall as he is.
|Liam on the right, blocking the kick|
|Liam on the right, blocking the punch and landing a point|
|An extremely proud Spud|
|Liam and his trophies|