I’m behind on my writing (and my pictures).  Ideally I’d like to be a week ahead but I’m still playing catch up.  So while I work on catching up (Ha!) I wanted to take some time to write about Holiday Faire. 

I had a great time at Holiday Faire.  I did some shopping in the morning but spent most of my day fighting.  It was a good day.  The focus of the day was on the scholars and the free scholars so first scenario was a tournament strictly for fighters who did not have a white scarf and the second scenario was a White Scarf Hunt in which the scholars and the free scholars were to fight as many of us as they could. The white scarves decided the terms and conditions of the fight (first blood, best two out of three, etc.).  The scholars and free scholars all had cards with them and if they won the bout the white scarves signed the cards, ideally leaving their names and a message for the fighter rather than another white scarf’s name. (Don’t think no one thought about it. ;)) 

Since the day was primarily about the scholars and free scholars I really only have one observation on my own fighting for the day.  Normally I have a hard time pulling my mind back into the fight if I’ve let it wander out.  If I want to keep my head in the game I need to stay focused on the fight in front of me until I’m done fighting for the day.  Out of a total of 18 fights with scholars, free scholars, and one feisty out-of-kingdom cadet (17 best 2 out of 3 and 1 best 3 out of 5 to first blood) I lost two of my fights because I stopped taking the fights seriously and let my mind wander off and one more because it was the end of the day, I was freaking exhausted, and I underestimated my opponent.  After each of the two I lost for not paying attention I was able to pull my mind back in, smack it around a bit, refocus, and get back into the fights with good success.  It’s something I’ve had difficulty doing in the past and have been working on since last February so I was pleased to finally see some real progress with it.  I think continued cardio interval training will help with being exhausted at the end of the day but 18 (x3 because everyone I beat in two wanted their 3rd fight to try to correct what they were doing) is significantly better than where I was a year ago.  So that case I’m better than I was, but not as good as I’d like to be.  Does that really ever change? 

So since Holiday Faire was my last fighting event of the season it’s gym time and fighter practice for me until Ymir…although I might make Ice Castles which is two weeks earlier.

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