2nd place not to shabby. I was the only woman who didn't have a black belt and I am a while from that.
I walked to the stage. No time to turn back. I bowed to the front, bowed to the ref, and then my opponent. Fighting stance, GO! I felt her land a couple of punches, but they didn't hurt. Adrelaline was pumping. I diamond stepped past her lead leg and got her with a good shot to the inside of her back leg, just as my Shihan had taught me. I few more punches. I could hear Sempai Harry yelling for me to hit her chest and I would, but the ref kept telling me to keep the punches lower. I don't think I was anywhere near her face. I few short punches into her ribs and I side dtepped again and this time when I got that leg, she went down. I got a 1/2 point. My first 1/2 point ever.
Now she had nothing to lose. She kept going for my head and I put her down again. Her foot would go up but she wasn't really connecting. There was just weight and no power. I allowed one slow kick up and when it got to my shoulder I pushed forward and kicked and she went down again. This time though, I got a warning. I guess I had two hands on her leg when I am supposed to have one. Round was over and all the red flags went up for me. I won!
The woman I fought for first place, was fierce. She is the first fighter in a tournament that has ever hurt me with punches. She was very skilled at placing them in the exact right spot for maximum damage. Still I was the stronger fighter. We exchanged blowes and I was dominating the mat, pushing her back. I could hear the excitement. I could hear my name being screamed!
54 Seconds into the fight, she threw a kick at me that I never saw coming. I was told it hit the back of my head and I rolled forward. All I know is I was punching her, then some dude was standing over me. He wouldn't let me bow out. They took me to go lay down in the corner behind a partition.
She probably would have won anyway becasue she outclassed me as a fighter. But it would have been a hell of a battle. Got to remember to keep my hands up!
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