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Iaido is a sport that I have been practicing for the past three years of my life. It is a martial art that uses the iconic sword, the Katana, as a primary weapon and revolves around discipline of the mind and body (I know that that sounds very cliché). Canada is one of the main countries that practices Iaido outside of Japan, and last weekend, it hosted the second Canadian National Iaido Championship at John Abbott College. As soon as I found out about this, I signed up to compete, as this event takes place once every three years and it will not be in Montreal the next time. I arrived early in the morning so I could start practicing and preparing to compete before everyone else. The school was mostly empty when I arrived, but over the course of an hour it filled up with hundreds of others preparing to compete and some of the highest ranking Iaido masters in the world. I continued to practice for about forty-five minutes before I was stopped and told to get in line to compete. I arrived at the court where I was to compete and saw that the top ranking Iaido master in the world was judging me. My heartbeat started to increase and my hands were shaking as if I was in freezing weather. I stepped forward along with my competitor beside me, although he seemed much more calm than I did. And that was my mistake. Every one of my cuts was perfect and I did everything correctly, but the judges were able to see that I was nervous and that lost me the match. Even though I did lose, I learned that you don’t always need to win to feel happiness and satisfaction. As long as you know that you did your best and that you couldn’t do any better, you should feel proud of yourself and your abilities. Oh, I also became the youngest Iaido black belt in Canada.