今回は、JPDU Autumn Tournamentの特集です！
Hi, I’m Khac Hung from QUDS (Kyushu University Debate Section). It’s my honor to share my unforgettable experience in JPDU Autumn tournament on this blog. I’m not good at writing so my apology for any typo, grammar mistake in this blog. I’d like to divide this into 3 questions:
a) How did we go to AkiT
b) How did we do in AkiT
c) My thought on AkiT
Now, let’s start with the first a) How did we go to AkiT
The decision of participating in AkiT was all of a sudden, it was in a regular practice before ABP when my juniors suddenly suggested team Hung-Momo going to AkiT, and we like, sound cool, let’s do it! That’s how we went to AkiT.
Two weeks before AkiT, our team participated in Asian BP, the biggest BP tournament in Asia and was crushed there. But thanks to that experience, we found out our weak points, how to fix it and also how to make our teamwork smoother. Moreover, we decided to turn our nightmare in ABP into encouragement to do better in AkiT.
We can see how much your friends are glad with your perfect result!!!!!
That’s how we went to AkiT, then, b) how did we do in AkiT?
On the first day of the tournament, I was not in good condition. Lack of sleep and tiredness of traveling (all the way from Vietnam) stopped my head to think properly. And Momo was late. By “late” I mean really really late, we were the last team doing register and it was just 30 seconds before registration ended. So the lesson learned is that, sometimes the margin between winning the tournament and losing chance to break is just about 30 seconds, so make sure that you register on time.
One thing I want to mention in the first day of the tournament is the anonymous team code system. Briefly, this is the system which alter institution team’s names with a random name. For example, our team from Kyushu University, but instead of the usual name QU A, we got a pretty cool team code called Flying Money. The purpose of this system is to eradicate the bias of judges and teams during prep time and during the round as much as possible, thus it gives equal chances for all team to get a fair judgement. And it worked, at least for our team. Before every rounds, we had no idea about what teams we are going to debate with or who they are, the 15-minute prep time was purely used to prepare the best case in our ability for our team instead of the oh-my-god-how-can-we-win-again-this-person stuffs. Thanks to team code system and our smooth teamwork, we managed to break 6th after the first day.
The out-rounds on the second day were absolute amazing experience for me. In QUDS we have a jinx that QU team will always lose after the first out-round, and our team broke that jinx by proceeding to the grand final of this tournament. But more importantly, each round on the second day gave me important lesson to improve my debating. In Quarter Final I learned that engagement from closing is very important, and we need to highlight our extensions as much as possible in order to win over opening. From Semi Final I learned the importance of contextualization and how O.G should set up the debate. In the Grand Final, I learned that as debaters, it’s important to broaden our knowledge, from daily news to general knowledge of economy, laws, philosophy etc. I think all of us learned these lessons from our seniors in the very first day when we started debating. However, the fact that our team won the tournament by practicing and using all the basics emphasized the importance of those lessons. Of course, we were also very lucky, but as my honorable partner Senran Tao a.k.a Momo always say, we need to practice so that when luck comes, we are able to convert it into concreted achievements.
c) My thought on AkiT
In my perspective, I really enjoyed this year autumn nationals. The motions, from prelims rounds to out-rounds, were great and challenging. I personally really like the quarter and semi rounds’ motions. Thank you adjudication core for these interesting and educational motions. Furthermore, the whole tournament ran smoothly without long delay, many thanks to committees and tab team for such great tournament. Last but not least, thank you all the adjudicators for judging and giving us lots of useful comment, we will revise them carefully and be better.
I would like to end my blog here, thank you for reading until the end.
What a nice photo of QU A!
Congratulations on your achievement!