Jeniffer reis Success Story
Jeniffer reis Success Story
Jeniffer reis, a 20 years old nursing technician and practice taekwondo.
A brief introduction to yourself?
I live in Jacareí -SP. I am a nursing technician and I practice taekwondo at the Jacarei Sports and Socio-Educational Taekwondo Association ATKDES.
How did you develop your fondness for tkd?
Since I was little I am passionate about martial arts, not only taekwondo, but I am also passionate about Kungfu. I can’t define how this love for tkd developed in me, we can say that I was born with this passion or watching many films of childhood struggles made this passion develop in me.
What drew you to TKD out of all other sports?
I think the way my friends talked about taekwondo made attract me even more to tkd.
At what age did you start learning tkd?
I started doing tkd when I was 15.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in tkd?
In tkd, it has two modalities, Kyorugui and Poomsae, and I practice both. As it is still a colored band (Red Black Tip), I do not have classification / ranke, now that I’m going to get black, I’m going to start fighting for it.
What was the highest prize you won?
In general, my good positions were in the Brazilian Championship and Copa America, but the sentimental issue was FENATAE in the Rio Grande do Sul, it was a championship in which I was far from home and managed to stay in 1st place in the kyorugui and Poomsae modalities.
What do you like more Kata or Kumite?
Tkd is kyorugui or Poomsae.
I particularly like both.
Do you have a favorite Sensei?
Of course, My master is my favorite master.
How did you get to this position and how was your journey being in this sport?
I struggled a lot to get to where I am today and I still haven’t got everything I want. As I said in another question asked I have been in love with tkd since I was a child and I would start doing it early, but due to an accident that I suffered when I was 10 years old I couldn’t do any contact sport until I was 15, which was when I started practicing taekwondo since then it has been challenged after challenges, always training when and where he could, chasing sponsorship for competitions because I never have the financial means to play in championships and the middle of this trajectory, I will even become a referee of taekwondo in the São Paulo federation of tkd – FPT. It’s been a long journey and I’m still just getting started.
Do you take karate as your profession or is it just a hobby?
I consider both. ATKDES besides being my team she also does volunteer work teaching Taekwondo classes and I intend to work for teaching classes at ATKDES besides competing for passion. Who knows, I may even get a High Yield, you never know.
Who’s been an inspiration for you throughout your sports journey?
Many people inspired me on this journey, some don’t even know I exist, but I need to thank the people who introduced me to tkd, Bruno Reis and Stefania Marjorie, and to thank my master, Afonso Souza, my boyfriend, Leonardo Pistila, and friends, Rodrigo Gomes, Luis Eduardo, Fernanda Carvalho for always being by my side supporting me, and helping me to be a person every day and a better athlete.
What challenges did you come across on getting where you are at today?
You can share any injury story as well.
I found many challenges, in my 1st year of tkd, I discovered that I had a problem in both knees besides having the foot crooked right. I had a lot of difficulties to train, I felt severe pain and that prevented me from doing much between them I only competed in Poomsae because my knees did not allow me to participate in kyorugui, but I risked some fights. A few years later, when my knees were better, I discovered that I have scoliosis in the lumbar and cervical, nothing that forbids me to practice the sport, but that causes severe pain. In 2018 I injured both legs and almost breaking the tent of the left leg doing a kick and that was what hurt me the most and shook me. I was unable to walk for months, sometimes I fell walking on the street because of the pain and I had to stay a long time without training, but after 1 year of treatment I got better and now I’m getting ready to get a black belt next month (December) and getting ready to compete when the championships come back.
What motivates you the most about your profession as an athlete?
The question is difficult, I’m not sure what motivates me, I think the love for the sport, how I feel when I’m training or in the competition is something unbelievable that brings me peace of any problems you may face in life, not to mention the family that taekwondo has provided me.
What are your strengths as both an athlete and as a person?
I think I have in common as an athlete and person that I don’t give up easily, I dedicate myself a lot in everything I do to always give my best and evolve, besides having an ease of learning, teaching, and executing what I was taught.
Do you have something you want everyone to learn?
I think everyone should know and think more about tkd spirits which are: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control, and unyielding spirit, Try to be humble about all the circumstances. This speaks for itself what we should all learn and be in life.