i am not bragging, although i usually am when it comes to the little big man's achievements. but i honestly lost track already of how many medals he's won. i also already forgot how many competitions he has participated in but i'm sure it's less than twenty, more than ten.
so last weekend it was a bronze. it was in alaminos, pangasinan, home of the hundred islands of the philippines. the guy he lost to was from baguio. we have heard lots of stories about baguio players -- that they train literally everyday, that they run uphill so they have stronger body resistance, that they "down-grade" (i don't know how to call it and if that's the right term at all) their belts, i.e. if a player is a red belt he competes as a blue belt (lower) so he usually wins.
anyway, on our part, coach decided to make the little big man play a higher belt. he's only a high blue in novice level but coach told him to wear a red belt and threw him in the pit with an advance level opponent. he won his first game via sudden death. unfortunately, he lost in the semi-finals but managed to be 3rd with a bronze medal.
overall, our team was 4th place among 23 competing teams. not bad for our team who only had 15 players unlike others who had 50. and the experience was well worth it because we not only won a tournament, we also won friendships with families of team mates.