Monday, May 17, 2010
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Yousef and I went to Bahrain over the weekend to watch my brother compete in the Middle East IKO Dojos Karate Tournament. I have a transparent belt in Karate, so I had no idea what to expect.  This was the first event of its kind in the region and participants were mainly from Bahrain and Kuwait.

I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.  A lot of family support for the young men and boys.  There were even five-year-olds competing!

The fights were short and sweet, but the number of contestants was high - so things took a while.  The venue was good, but the organisation lacked experience.  Overall a very good event with a nice atmosphere.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous when my brother's turn came.  He started off on the defensive for fifteen seconds or so, then he changed his tempo and took control.  He won this fight which went into an extra deciding round.

He finished the night with the silver cup, coming in third place for his weight bracket.  Congratulations M.

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