This week, SingaporeWushu.com would like to present you a series of interviews with the following topic: How to prepare for your Wushu Competition
The interview is aimed at helping budding Wushu practitioners for their upcoming IVP competition through sharing tips and advises as to how you can prepare and train for your event. We aim to interview at 3 to 5 Martial Artists who have been through Martial Arts competitions, over the course of 10 days, with 2 rest days (cooling off period!) leading up to the competition. Should you know of any suitable candidate for us to interview, feel free to contact us by leaving a comment with your contacts (we will not reveal your contact) or contact us through the contact form.
We hope will enjoy and gain some insights from the series!
Interview with Lim Yu Han – Experience of my first Wushu competition
Yu Han’s fresh on the wushu scene, and has just completed his very first competition this year! Taking part in the Men’s Sword 2nd International category, he went up against many seasoned competitors. The first competition is usually a very memorable experience for anyone, as it was for Yu Han.
SW: Congratulations on completing your first competition!! I’m sure it must have been really exciting!! How did you find the experience?
YH: Though I did not win any medals or awards, the fact that it was my first time competing was satisfactory enough. The experience was priceless and could not be attained anywhere else; the criticism from the judges, the silence from the audience and pressure from everyone served as a whole new experience. Also, the competition allowed me to look at the other standards of other competitors and understand what kind of standard we stand at.
SW: What was your motivation for the competiton?
YH: To be able to tell myself that I have at least participated in a national competition in a skill I have learnt in a while. Though I may not be able to win anything, I have witnessed the national standard.
SW: Well said! Did you get nervous before competitions? How did you deal with your nervousness?
YH: The nervousness was still fine as I did not have anyone I knew watching my performance. Being my first time competing, I did not have much expectations from myself too and went in with an open mind, treating it as just another practice session.
SW: Do you follow a specific training schedule in the final week before the competition?
YH: As my school does not have a wushu CCA, the only training sessions I got was just every Saturday for 2 hours. Nearing my competition, I went for a bit more times but that’s about it.
SW: Wushu competitions generally take up an entire day and can be tiring especially for competitors who are competing in more than one segment. What do you recommend that these athletes do to keep their energy level high?
YH: Get your friends to come and support you. Seeing your friends come support you right before your competition is definitely something very encouraging.
SW: Speaking of friends, it is important to be mentally prepared for the competition too, on top of being physically prepared. How did you prepare yourself mentally?
YH: Tell yourself you can do it and to perform up to your own standards. Wushu is like running in the Olympics – it’s not so much about who is the best, it’s about who can replicate their best performances in their training sessions into the competition under stress.
SW: Quite true. What’s your most memorable moment in the competition?
YH: Finishing the competition of course haha.
SW: Any improvements to make to make sure you’re ready for the next competition?
YH: Train, train and train more.
SW: Any final words of advice and afterthoughts?
YH: “We are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well that we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are still going to chase it because in the process we will catch excellence.”