Kate Success Story
Kate Success Story
Kate an athlete.
A brief acquaintance with yourself?
My name is Kate. I am 26 years old. I live in Russia, the city of Kazan.
How did you develop your karate addiction?
From the very childhood, I was attracted to martial arts, but my mother sent me to rhythmic gymnastics. After a while, my mother gave up and I signed up for karate.
What attracted you to karate from all other sports?
As a child, I liked watching a movie with the participation of martial arts, it motivated me, and hence the desire to enroll in karate. I liked the bright and dynamic battles.
How old were you when you started karate?
I started karate at the age of 11.
What is your current style and rank in karate?
I train karate Kyokushinkai, I am senpai, 2 dan
What’s the biggest prize you’ve won?
I am a three-time champion of the city of Kazan and a three-time champion of the Republic of Tatarstan in Kumite. I took 3rd place twice in the Russian Kumite Championship.
Which do you like best: kata or Kumite?
I love, of course, both Kata and Kumite. But I probably prefer more – Kumite.
Do you have a favorite sensei?
My favorite sensei are my trainers. @ilsurfazdalov and @azatfazdalov
How did you get into this position and how did you progress in this sport?
Since the age of 11, I have actively participated in various training camps and competitions. In 2013, I was certified for a black belt. When I turned 19, I opened my first dojo. I didn’t have a goal of becoming a coach, but my Shihan suggested that I open a dojo, and it sucked me in.
Do you practice karate as your profession or is it just a hobby?
At the moment I work 2 jobs, but karate for me is a lifelong journey. Therefore, I plan to put the sport in 1st place in my life from professions.
Who inspired you throughout your sports journey?
My mentor and my coach have inspired me throughout my sporting journey. And also such sports legends as Masutatsu Oyama, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Ip Man.
What difficulties did you face when you got where you are now?
You can also share any trauma story. I had some minor difficulties along the way. At first, my mother did not allow me to go to classes for health reasons, but then everything worked out. In the middle of the way, I had thoughts to quit karate, I did not practice for about 2 months. During this time, I realized that my life is not complete without karate, and I continued to attend classes to this day.
What motivates you the most about your profession as an athlete?
At the moment, my biggest motivation is children and people who are next to me. Together with them, I continue the path of karate, I study, I rejoice at our victories, and we continue to move in the same direction.