I participated in a point fighting tournament Friday. I'm a bit rusty on my point fighting (haven't specifically drilled it for a while) but I added streaches and did some jogging for a few weeks prior. One match in particular, the biggee, I was paired against a rather long legged female Taekwondoian third dan. The master running the tournament had pulled me aside before the match and gave me a talk about using good control and ensuring we have a good bout. I do have a reputation for having a high power output potential. Well, we started off and at first I'm taking it cautious and slow, as I don't know anything about her style, her school, or her tendencies. I we clashed a few times with no points l. I thought I had her figured out; she had a dainty roundhouse and didn't use her hands. Sounds easy, bait her roundhouse, perry, move in with a front kick and jab,; got it! Well I did, and it worked. 1 point me. She seemed a bit flustered and went to change it up. So next she swiches to using her front leg, still throwing mostly rounds. So; lead in with a front kick, catch her round, counter with a round kick for a point! But she saw me going for the catch, dropped her kick and got a solid groin shot. We both got an excessive contact warning on that one. I stayed in a compact front stance and went in hard. We had several neutral exchanges until the end of round one. Round 2 I came in fast this time, trying to close the distance and use my hands. I got in and had good contact with a few jabs and crosses, but once again, it was neutral. Either some judges couldn't see enough to make the call, or we hit simultaneously. I switched to a side stance, wen and received a solid roundhouse to the belly. 1 point her. I this time work my angles, still trying to fight my way in close. I just can't seem to get there. She throws a fake out front kick, followed by a roundhouse . 2 points her. Now I have got to be sneaky. My usual stealth is to fake a front kick/ round kick to torso into a round to the side of the head. Only, she was taller than me and I wasn't getting very close. Tried to sneak an inverted round kick under her low guard and get center chest, I came close, we clashed a few times but there wasn't a clear point. Went in with my back leg crescent kick followed by an extended jab in horse stance ( an old favorite ). Close but no cigar. I went with an array of basic kicks and punches coming straight at her and backed her into the corner. I for some reason threw a nice back leg round house...and for some reason, placed my kicking leg back behind me and turned to a side stance and... bang a loud roundhouse to my chest Three points, she wins. Well darn. Alot of split decision and close points, but I wasn't clear enough with striking. At the end of it all she said "usually people don't last that long with me. And you got more hits than me, they just didn't call them. And I hope I didn't go to hard; I'm used to full contact"