So I have been doing kickboxing (Sport Karate and Lau Gar Kung Fu) on-and-off since 2005 but since October 2009 I have been doing tournaments approximately every other month. To date I have done 6 tournaments as a novice in both point fighting and continuos (I am not used to tournament fighting). October and February were tournaments where I wore a face-shield; I have worn a faceshield since 2007 (when I started sparring) but now I fight without it. The main problems I have are: a) Being worried of getting my nose broken or even knocked out; I have been hit in the nose before but it has never bled. Whenever I fight, I back away or turn my heady away and close my eyes and swing out. Is there a way to stop that? Last tournament I hardly turned my head away and fought back pretty ferociously but it wasn't enough to get me a win. b) Being scared of my opponent just before a fight; sometimes (when I watch Rocky,etc.) I feel like Clubber Lang and on top of the World; but then the nerves kick in and I get scared that i'll get knocked out/put in a coma. On the day of the fight my nerves really kick in when I see my opponent who (generally) looks scary-especially when they're bouncing around on their toes before/look angry! By the time I get angry/ready to really take it to him, he's already hit me several times/several points up! I know I won't be the next Chuck Norris but I would like to get some first places. I aspire to win in the big three: WAKO,ISKA and WKA (I want at least a bronze in two of them). I am in this for confidence in myself/belief that I can beat anybody who tries to fight me/hurt people I love. My record: Points fighting: 2 wins, 6 losses Light continuos: 1 win,7 losses (controversial loss-judges say it should have been a draw) I would also like to know the WKA UK schedule for this/next year-when are WKA tournaments? I would also like to know if you get competitions that are all about takedowns/grappling without strikes.