Artur Arushanyan Success Story
Artur Arushanyan Success Story
Artur Arushanyan is a Kyokushin karate athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
I am Artur Arushanyan, I was born in 1993 in St. Petersburg. In 2000, with my family, I moved to Stepanakert, Armenia. In 2005, I started attending the Kyokushin karate section. I got my first medal at the Armenian Championship in 2007, 3rd place. After that, I achieved 1st place at the European Championship in 2011 and became European champion in 2012,2017,2018,2019, and World Champion in 2015,2017,2019. My wife is Ashkhen Avanesyan, daughter is Arushanyan Anika. At present, I am the head coach of the regional federation.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning karate?
In 2005 my sister recommended to my parents a Kyokushin karate coach who worked with them and my parents made me go to my first training session.
But after the first training session, I fell in love with this type of martial arts and to this day it is my lifestyle.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in (your sport)?
My type of martial art is Kyokushin karate the toughest style of karate created by master Masutatsu Oyama. I have 3 dan now.
What do you like Kata or Kumite more? (only if applicable)
I like Kumite. Kumite for me is a canvas and your hands and feet are brushes using which you must create a masterpiece and not just beat to hurt the opponent. But I also love kata because there is a lot of philosophy and hidden meaning in kata and it is good training of plastics and sharpening techniques.
How did you get into this position and how did your journey in this sport go?
I had a lot of fights, but I never gave up, after each loss, I trained with doubled efforts. Then in 2011, I surprisingly won the European Championship and after that, I also won 4 more European championships and three World Championships. After each championship, we changed our tactics and techniques so that we could not be beaten in the following championship.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
Sport for me is life every day I spent 5-6 hours in the gym with the children.
During my career, I also practiced boxing, sanda-wushu, Muay Thai, taekwondo, Shotokan, Wing Chun, in order not to be predestined on the tatami.
But big sport is always connected with injuries and in 2020 during the competition, I got a hit with a knee right under the eye I had a knockdown I continued the fight to the end although it was very difficult and I lost that fight, when I returned home it turned out that I had a fractured facial bone and needed urgent surgery, they inserted a titanium plate instead of a bone and banned me from training for a year. But sport is also a drug, and a week later I was already in the gym.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now?
You can also share any injury story.
I was driven by one idea to become one of the most productive karate fighters in history. More and more titles are goals that are constantly changing after reaching them.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
The power of the will to always endure and achieve your goals whether it is during training during the championship during a fight or in life in general.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
The most worthy championship was the World Championship in 2017 in Yekaterinburg. all the fights were heavy but it was a strong final fight. the athlete was from Russia Farid Kasumov we were both the main favorites and waited for each other in the final it was a strong fight in 3 rounds. For this fight, I received a separate prize for the best technique of the championship. At this championship, I became a two-time world champion.