Competing in tournaments is a great way to evaluate your skills as a martial artist. One of the great reasons for competing is knowing all how well you are trained versus the rest of your competition.
Sparring at tournaments takes personal grit and endurance, so you learn to develop a strong mind and body. Watching your competitors is a great opportunity to learn, by seeing what others do right and wrong, then capitalizing on that new-found knowledge for an even better performance.
Being a part of a competitive sports team is all about goal setting, sportsmanship, and friendship. Cheering your teammates on as you wait for your turn to compete is all part of the tournament experience.