Last week we participated in our first Junior Aikido World Championship.
First off, it was really quite amazing to see the size of the event. Not only were there many participants from all over Japan, several participants from multiple countries were also participating in the event. It truly was a world championship.
As I said, this was our first year participating in the championship so even though we didn’t produce any champions this year we walked away with invaluable experience whose positive effects will be felt by our students and staff from a long time to come.
I had the opportunity to judge a part of the competition. This experience was extremely valuable as it has given me multiple insights into how the competition is run and judged. It will make me a much more effective instructor in terms of preparing our kids for their next competition. It also made me realize how difficult it is t judge a competition of this type as the level of all of the participants was quite high. Often times there was no clear winner in a specific round.
For the students, participation in the championship has given them a goal to train for. We’ve seen the level of all of our students improve leading up to the event and I was proud to see that our kids class students were competitive.
We’re looking forward to next year’s championship!