Ive competed in open and closed (is that what it’s called when it’s only our organization?) tournaments. I’ve honestly had such a better time at the closed tournaments. I’ve found the people at the open tournaments take themselves a bit too seriously at times. There’s too many people walking around thinking they’re something they’re definitely not. At the closed tournaments, we take it seriously when we’re on the floor, but once we walk off we get along great. Walking off the floor after my kata, people who I was competing against were bumping me and telling me how good I did. And I was doing the same for them. Well watch each others’ kata and quietly comment in a positive way while we’re waiting. That doesn’t happen at the open tournaments I’ve been to. I’ve met a lot of very good people at Seido’s annual tournament. People from dojos around the world.