However prepared I was to lose, no-one goes into a fight without a winning attitude so I was mightily pissed off to go out so soon, and having watch a video of (the last 40 seconds) of the bout, I have to say that I've learnt a lot from this. Sadly, I absolutely deserved to lose. My opponent was faster, more relaxed and more composed that I, I was slow towards the end and my combinations were pretty weak. On the plus side, I lasted the length of the bout, did score 1 point (see my comments below regarding a perfectly good headshot that was disallowed for excessive contact #soreloser). And a few of the gyak points the other figher scored had hit my glove - but fair play to her for getting them scored.
Having watched a lot of fights on the day whilst waiting for mine, (and after my unceremonious exit!) these are my observations;
1. The rules regarding scoring and what actually seems to score do differ when you're on the mat.
2. Just because you hit your opponent don't expect to score, as the referees may not see your attack land in the melee.
Both me and my opponent landed attacks that weren't scored and I must have seen a dozen in similar bouts. Better to have good technique and a convincing kiai and be close enough to cause reasonable doubt.
3. Just because your opponent isn't attacking don't stand still!
4. Don't get drawn into attacking because it's "all gone quiet over there".
Let them come to you and counter. Most points are scored this way.
I'm pretty sure the above is absolutely obvious to anyone who competes regularly, so apologies for what must be quite a bland blog post for you. For me though it was a brilliant learning experience. I now know I need to push out my guard more and concentrate on body shots if I want to actually score anything.
!Keizoku wa chikara nari!