So, just to add to the ante of this thread, I competed in the Southern Wisconsin Karate Open in the 18-34 forms division. Although I placed 3rd (of 3 in my division), I scored 8.7 8.7 8.4, with one of the 8.7s coming from Grandmaster Bob Likes. The first place winner scored 8.9 8.8 8.9.
I am pleased. Next year, I move to the old farts division. I hope to do better.