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I competed a lot when I was a white belt, but not long after getting my blue belt I got injured, and had to take a year out of competition. The following year I competed just once, and then the year after that I managed a decent run of competitions but my performance wasn't what I wanted it to be.

The gym I train at and help to run has had to move several times over the last few years and it's been stressful finding new places and taking care of mountains of paperwork. I'm hoping that this will be the year that I can truly get stuck in to training with competing in mind. Instead of just showing up and going through the motions.

I'm looking at doing ten competitions this year, including going abroad for one. My first one will be in April, which should, in theory, give me time to get in decent shape. I fully expect to do terribly, because I always get anxiety in my first competition back; but it will be worth it to be on the other side of the table for a change.

If you're competing, I hope your training goes well and you smash it on the day.