I'm emailing you from work with my homework that you gave us on Saturday.
It was very good to get back to training although I started to feel quite sick again with all the running around, so I guess my cold is still lingering. However, I feel that it is time to just get on with things and it will pass.
When I read about the shiai on the training notice I thought "oh no, I haven't been training for a few weeks so I won't have improved".
The shiai for me is a real mental process where I am building up a feeling of intending to defeat my opponent and I tell myself that I am the champion, before we even start.
During the shiai I was not aware really about my technique and really didn't bother worrying about it - this is what the kihon if for to me and my technique and skill level will be a reflection of my training level. Rather, my focus was on finding opportunities to 'cut' my opponent. Actually, it seemed to me that my opponent was very open and if I hadn't missed any training then I should have been able to win a lot quicker.
Again, shiai is really a mental process to me and I wonder if the victor is decided before the fight. In myself I have found that if I come up against some-one less experienced than me then I expect myself to win. However, if they are more experienced then I have different thinking and think more about convincing myself that I can win.
I think that covers it and I better get back to work.
See you tonight.