This is the first Regional tournament for the year. The first tournament is usually very quiet, with not too many students competing, so I don't expect to be up against that many people. My division this time (I suspect) will be 5th Kyu blue belt to 1st Kyu brown belt. I sincerely hope not, as I believe that all competition should be fair, and if you have students just months away from a black belt competing against students newly graded to blue belt, its the furthest thing from fair. I remember in 2013, when the divisions were a little more fair - everyone had a realistic chance of coming away with something. Last year, it was a bit of a shambles, many saying they don't know why they bothered to turn up at all. Its always enjoyable, but at the same time... Anyway. Five weeks to go until I compete and I think with my kumite I will just do what I can. Despite being a higher grade, I am not too confident with kumite (ignoring the fact two years running I have placed second and fourth in the State competition) as my reactions are slower than most. My kata is what I will be focusing on. Its certainly gotten stronger since I last performed it, and if I can walk out into the ring, lose the nerves and do a kata that impresses, I might just impress those judges enough. Not enough to beat those brown belts, though, sadly. But I must remember to tell myself that in just a few short years, I will be where they are. I shall keep y'all updated on how my training is coming along, and will let you know what happens come tournament day!