When it is your turn to perform, the center judge will indicate so. If a competitor has gone before you, you should be "on deck" waiting for your turn. Bow to the previous competitor, walk outside the ring to the center, turn and bow. Enter the ring and bow, and then assume ready position. Typically you will be told in which order you shall perform. If you have a choice, however, never go first and don't go to the beginning or end of the line. Speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard. Relax and observe.
You will state the following introduction:
"Judges, my name is (.....). I am a student of the American Combative Arts System. My instructor is Patrick Wrenn. Today I would like to perform for you the traditional form (.....). With your permission, I will begin."
The center judge will then indicate that you should begin. Bow, Then back up until you are a comfortable distance, and begin your kata. When you have completed your kata, assume the ready position until the judges have scored your performance. The center judge will indicate that you are dismissed. Bow, back up until you are outside the ring, turn and bow to your next competitor.
You can now breathe!
You may sit, stand, or pass out, but don't leave until the kata competition is done.