Botond Nagy Success Story
Botond Nagy Success Story
Botond Nagy an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
I am Botond Nagy, the best male kata athlete in Hungary and a member of the National Karate Team. Graduated as an electrical engineer, and now this is my job. I am in a harmonic relationship and live with my girlfriend.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning karate?
My parents wanted me to swim, but after every class, I told them that I would like to do karate. I was weak and small, so my parents were a bit worried about my wish. When I started school at the age of 6, there was a karate course in the school gym and without my parent’s permission, I took part in training sessions. Since then I love this sport and I have always wanted to be a World Champion.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in?
I do Shito Ryu, I have 2nd dan. On the WKF world ranking list, I am currently the 35th.
What do you like Kata or Kumite more?
When I was a kid, I loved Kumite much more, I hated doing kata, however, I was pretty good at it. But after I qualified for my first world championship only in kata I finally realized, that it is also important for me. Later I specialized in it, and since the age of 16, I have been competing just in kata.
Do you have a favourite Sensei?
I have two Senseis now and both have a really important role in my life. My Hungarian Sensei is Attila Szinak, who sometimes knows my body and my feelings more than anybody else. He has been working with me since I was a child. My Japanese Sensei is Sekine Hirokazu, who helps me weekly how I can be the very best in the World. He teaches me a lot and tells me all the Japanese secrets. I am like his own son, which is quite rare nowadays especially in Japan, where I am only a foreigner.
How did you get into this position and how did your journey in this sport go?
Attila always told me to travel somewhere to become better, because learning from Hungarian masters is not enough to reach my goals. In 2018 I travelled to Vietnam, where I spent 3 weeks and found out that my karate is not even close to Japanese karate. Later I worked with many Japanese masters, but Sekine Sensei was the best of them. Since we started working together my karate is on the right path.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
Last year I became a professional athlete, which was a pretty big step in my career.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
I always had my up and downs like every athlete. I had many challenges and worked a lot to overcome them. I can proudly say that there is staff around me (girlfriend, coaches, psychologists, masseur, brother, parents, friends) who can help anytime when there is a problem or something negative. My challenges are theirs too, they are happy after my win, and disappointed after my loss. I am very thankful for them.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
Of course, my dream is to win as many international tournaments as I can, but in addition, I would like to show a great role model to the younger generations in karate and in real life too. I want to prove that elite sport and making a career in private life can exist parallel.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
In my opinion, happiness is the most important in a person’s life. I wish everybody to find the way to it.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
I had many great victories. Sometimes when I look at my medals every memory comes to my mind and I feel them again. My biggest result was in 2019 when I won the University European Championship.
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