I've recently discovered I get a bad case of nerves when I'm performing kata to be judged. It's strange because before every class someone higher ranking watches me do kata and offers constructive criticism and I'm fine, but make me walk into a ring and expect me to perform it and get a score at the end and I get nervous and unfocused and make mistakes I didn't ten minutes earlier. Even if the person judging me is the same person who watched me do the same kata ten minutes prior. I've only discovered this because the organization my dojo belongs to is having their annual tournament (it will be five other schools) and everyone has been encouraged to compete and we've been practicing specifically in class for the tournament over the last few weeks. I was planning to compete and I would really love to avoid making a complete fool of myself. I have no aspirations of winning or anything I just want to actually do my best instead of screwing up due to nerves. I wondered if anyone else had similar problems and if they had any tips/tricks/techniques for overcoming the case of nerves? I feel really silly about it honestly. I'm an adult and I'm competing just for fun, nothing life changing really hinges on my kata, so I'm not sure why I get so nervous. I also don't really get the same nerves before point sparring (at least not from the practice for it class).