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Last Thursday, I rode in C's car with [livejournal.com profile] rhean and Y to Ohio for a karate tournament. During the trip I made some exciting discoveries, some of which I list below.
  • Citgo gas stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio have luxurious bathrooms. And some of them even have large showers.
  • Even within the same style of karate, the forms and techniques can vary wildly. An extra hand swirl here, some dynamic tension there, curved fingers in the spear-hand position, and different target locations make some of the seisan and seiuchin katas look drastically different.
  • People from other dojos are really aggressive during sparring. I got seriously whacked.
  • Little kids are really cute when they perform katas. Little kids are also really impressive when they perform katas.
  • Higher-up black belts do some seriously crazy s*** when they spar, such as dropping their guards (it looked like a game of chicken) or rocking back and forth while leaning waaay back (drunken boxing!).
  • Bonking someone on the head counts as a point during sparring. This seems to work for bigger kids against some of the smaller tykes.
  • Hotel rooms built from concrete grain silos have echo-y acoustic centers.
Addenda:
  • I-80 through Pennsylvania is under heavy construction. Seek alternate routes.
  • There's a lawyer in Philly who (reportedly) looks just like [livejournal.com profile] rhean. Be on the lookout!

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