It's true what they say, you know. You either win or you lose. Today, there was a lot of learning.

Nope, we didn't bring home anything shiny. It wasn't that kind of day. But among the things we learned is how to deal with disappointment and defeat - especially true for Youngest, for whom this is all very new (today was her second tournament). We also got good lessons in how to manage our nerves, how to be less scared of enormous opponents, and how to handle defeat gracefully by cheerfully going about the business of cheering on our teammates.

Not everything in karate has to do with kicks and punches.