So we made our second trip to the ATA world championships. This will likely continue to be a yearly tradition, at least until we move out of driving distance from Arkansas. This year was different than last year in some ways, and the same in some. The same: everyone had a great time, we all were amazed by the talent level, it was a great reminder of why we all love the sport and the ATA. Different: we met alot of people from all over the country, the boys both competed in divisions in which they were scored and placed,my Dad didn't come but Rhett's parents did.
In the end Aiden received a 9.5,9.5, and a 9.6 on his form placing him 4th out of about 14 competitors. In sparring he lost his first match by one point because time expired. The little boy he lost to won 1st in all three events. He learned alot, and considering he completed his entire 44 move form by himself for the first time ever he did quite well! Most importantly after a little frustration of running out of time in sparring he was all smiles, and enjoyed himself!
Ethan Awaiting awards. In the end Ethan recieved a 9.4,9.2, and 9.4 on his form. And fought his way to 3rd place in sparring out of about 14 kids. It was a big accomplishment for him as well to get through his form with minimal mistakes. Also, because of the way the tournament year falls he was moved up an age bracket to the 8-10 group. So he was one of the youngest competitors in this ring. He too enjoyed the tournament.
And while waiting for Aiden's round to begin we caught some Tiny Tiger Xtreme Martial Art's...and I thought this little boy was too cute...little boys with big swords, what could make a boy happier...of a friend with a sword too!