Carlos Nathanael Success Story
Carlos Nathanael, an athlete of the Paraiba national karate team.
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Carlos Nathanael, better known as a hawk. I am an athlete of the Paraiba national karate team, state vice-champion and Brazilian karate champion. I am from João Pessoa / Paraiba in Brazil and I am also a student of the physical education course.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning karate?
Well, since I was a kid I’m a fan of martial arts and I’ve been practising some like kickboxing, BJJ, judo and others. my arrival in karate let’s say it was a little late, not much by age but yes because I haven’t started this sport so amazing before. I started karate at the age of 18, at the end of 2020, now 19 years old at the age of 20.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in?
My style is Shotokan karate and the current I’m in the orange band 4 kyu
What do you like about Kata or Kumite more?
What I like most about kata are the techniques and the different forms of application, the kata is forging the sword. and what I like most about Kumite is the way you manage combat, Kumite is using the sword.
Do you have a favourite Sensei?
My two senseis, sensei jordanisantos and sensei jocimarlucena de freitas.
How did you get into this position and how did your journey in this sport go?
I met my dojo searching google and going to do an experimental class, at that time I liked it and I’m until today and I intend to take karate until the end of my life. so far my Jordana is being great, with quite positive results, some injuries but it is part of the journey.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
I dedicate myself to karate completely as a profession, karate has changed my life and I intend to change the lives of more people in the future.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
I think the biggest challenge was the lack of support and the cycle of friendships, the people close to them who didn’t like it and somehow said it wasn’t right, that sort of thing. and also some injuries that I acquire according to training and competitions, not very serious, but in the life of an athlete, any inflammation not taken care of becomes something serious. no more the lack of support to the sport.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
The feeling of one day changing someone’s life, the willingness to help people with karate, help with my knowledge and show people how fundamental karate is.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
I would like everyone to share their knowledge, whatever they may be, always help others, regardless of who they are, always help and always evolve.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
The title of Brazilian karate champion, I am so proud that with only 1 year and 2 months approximately, in two competitions, a state level and outa national level, I obtained 5 medals, one gold, two silver and 2 bronze. having the main titles, as Brazilian champion and vice-champion of Paraiba.
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