Brown, achievement: Martial arts competition Essay

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Brown, achievement: Martial arts competition



A faint twinge of excitement floated through my body that night. A hint of anticipation of
the coming day could not be suppressed; yet to be overcome with anxiety would not do at
all. I arduously forced those pernicious thoughts from seeping in and overcoming my body
and mind. I still wonder that I slept at all that night.


But I did. I slept soundly and comfortably as those nervous deliberations crept into my
defenseless, unsuspecting mind, pilfering my calm composure. When I awoke refreshed, I
found my mind swarming with jumbled exhilaration. The adrenaline was flowing already.


After a quick breakfast, I pulled some of my gear together and headed out. The car ride of
two hours seemed only a few moments as I struggled to reinstate order in my chaotic
consciousness and focus my mind on the day before me. My thoughts drifted to the
indistinct shadows of my memory.


My opponent's name was John Doe. There were other competitors at the tournament, but they
had never posed any threat to my title. For as long as I had competed in this tournament,
I had easily taken the black belt championship in my division. John, however, was the most
phenomenal martial artist I had ever had the honor of witnessing at my young age of
thirteen. And he was in my division. Although he was the same rank, age, size, and weight
as I, he surpassed me in almost every aspect of our training. His feet were lightning, and
his hands were virtually invisible in their agile swiftness. He wielded the power of a
bear while appearing no larger than I. His form and techniques were executed with near
perfection. Although I had never defeated his flawlessness before, victory did not seem
unattainable. For even though he was extraordinary, he was not much more talented than I.
I am not saying that he was not skilled or even that he was not more skilled than I, for
he most certainly was, but just not much more than I. I still had one hope, however
little, of vanquishing this incredible adversary, for John had one weakness: he was lazy.
He didn't enjoy practicing long hours or working hard. He didn't have to. Nevertheless, I
had found my passage to triumph.


My mind raced even farther back to all my other failures. I must admit that my record was
not very impressive. Never before had I completed anything. I played soccer. I quit. I was
a Cub Scout. I quit. I played trumpet. I quit. Karate was all I had left. The championship
meant so much because I had never persevered with anything else.


In the last months, I had trained with unearthly stamina and determination. I had focused
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