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Boosting performance in tournaments

As I was reading this Times article I remembered a guy I used to go to tournaments with would take a spoon full of honey before a sparing match to give himself a little energy boost.

coffeeReading the evidence from the article, a small bit of caffeine can make a large difference in performance. I would think this difference would be more relevant in activities that require a large burst of action in a short period of time, such as 3, 2 minute rounds.

With all the energy drinks on the market, and the ease of getting them. What’s to stop everyone from doing this at tournaments? How can you compete if you don’t do it?

Having been there, I know that a small boost can make the difference between first and second place. Personally, I’m done with tournaments, it’s fun and a great experience, but it’s not much of a measure of you as a martial artist.

The idea of doping added to biased judges, and inter-dojo politics, might mean that tournaments are going the way of the Dodo, or simply be out of reach for the hobbyist martial artists.


Written by Dan

April 17, 2009 at 8:30 am

Posted in Martial Arts

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