There are some people who really don't mind being naked in public but, for most of us, it would be a very uncomfortable, vulnerable feeling.
Competing can give that same "vulnerable" feeling. Competing can also give you an amazing feeling of accomplishment; bravery and success…win or lose!
After competing several times and chatting with my opponents after the match, I was surprised to find that everyone I talk to said “I was scared” or “I was so nervous”. I guess some people just hide it better than others. I have also come to realize that the greatest critic we face is ourselves.
At the tail end of my Blue Belt, I made a decision, I was going to be brave and do Pan Ams and Worlds just once, so I could say I did it. It was the most amazing feeling, I had faced one of my biggest fears, I was scared, nervous and felt incredibly vulnerable but, I also felt brave and I did it! Just competing at this level was a huge accomplishment for me. I realized even people who experience performance anxiety like I do, step up and conquer their fears. I have competed several times at this level since. It’s always a little scary but, win or lose but, it’s an accomplishment and I always feel good about doing it.
Step out on those mats! Get NAKED (not literally) Don’t miss out on an amazing adventure, great friendship and a feeling that no one can explain to you, you must experience it yourself!