Success story of Edgars Skrivers
A short introduction to yourself?
Edgars Skrivers has trained Shotokan Karate since the age of 6 years old. He’s a renowned athlete in the sport of Karate having acquired many titles such as European Champion, Shotokan World Champion, and many times Latvian and Baltic champion. Edgars has balanced his athletic feats with a passion for education having attained a degree in Sports Physiotherapy and currently does Martial Arts coaching. As champion, he calls his electrifying performances in The Pit, “The Bearslayer Entertainment Show.”
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning?
I started to train karate in 1998 when my family took me to a local karate club. It was a “shotokan” karate club, but at that time we were doing everything from full-contact stuff, traditional shotokan karate forms and also wrestling, grappling at the classes.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold?
I have my own style which you can call Skrivers Karate, it is all the technique that I have studied and applied to real combat situations on the highest level. These are techniques, strategies, philosophies from all the places that I have traveled and learned from different kind of martial arts and cultures. And now I am happy to give back to the martial arts community and share my knowledge all over the world.
Are you a member of any sports team? if not have you ever been?
I have trained in a lot of sports teams in Latvia, Thailand, Dagestan, Chechnya, Sweden, Dubai etc. And now I have and still are developing my own “BearSlayer Team”.
Do you have a favorite sports teacher?
Bruce Lee. I have been inspired by him since I was a child and still study his martial arts philosophies.
Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.
3 time Karate Combat World Champion, Superior FC (MMA), World Champion Chinas Loong FC (MMA) World Champion, 9 time Latvian karate champion, 5 time Baltic states karate champion, European Goju-ryu Champion and many more.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
Everything that I do takes it seriously and tries to do it in the best manner. I take it as my profession and I consider myself Ph. D. in Martial Arts who is still growing, developing and studying the arts.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
All different kinds of challenges. It is all about sacrifices that you have to make, dedicate yourself to the craft and that takes a lot of your energy and time. Time being the best asset that you have and that you can not get back and day by day it is decreasing, that is the biggest challenge to manage your time wisely.
What motivates you most about your profession?
The biggest motivation is that I can do what I love to do about my profession, it does not really feel like a job, when you can go out and share with the people what you like.
Do you think everybody should practice sports or do you want everyone to learn?
I think practicing sports and getting involved in physical activity is very important for a healthy society both in a physical and mental way. You have to humble yourself and let go of the ego when learning and going through difficulties, but in the end you get a lot of benefits to your mind and body.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
One of the memorable moments was when I was fighting at a Loong FC One Night 8-man Grand Prix MMA tournament in China. At that time in 2015 I was living and training in Phuket, Thailand, I got a call on Monday that they needed a fighter on Saturday to fight in this tournament at 66kg. So I took it on short notice and went to China. I knew that this event was hand-made for the Chinese fighter and for them I was just another fighter to slaughter. Little they knew that I am a tough martial artist from Eastern Europe and that I have been training and studying this for all my life. So straight from my flight I went to weigh-ins, made weight, ate and went to sleep, to get ready for tomorrow’s event. That night, my 1st opponent was from Iran, a K-1/Sanda fighter. A kickboxer surprised me with a takedown and I surprised him with an armbar at the 2 minute-mark of the 1st round. After 20min I had my next fight against a Chinese fighter. I knew that the only way to win a fight against him in China is to finish him, so I surprised him with my Karate kick and finished him with a KO in the 1st round. And again about 20 minutes later, I had to fight my 3rd pro fight of the night, it was the final and for the Loong FC belt, I was fighting a good fighter from Korea named Jun Hoe Jeong. After he saw my kick against my last opponent he immediately tried to take me down, but he was unsuccessful and I finished him with a leg kick in the 1st round.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
My ultimate goal is about reaching within the depths of my capabilities and to compete against myself, uncovering my authentic, best self by overcoming all kinds of challenges and obstacles. And martial arts gives me that opportunity, for me it is an art to express myself I don’t care who I fight, the better the opponent the better it is for my so that I can challenge myself and show my best true self
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