Claudia Espinar : women martial arts world

What's your name, your age, where do you live ?

My name is Claudia Espinar, I 'm 29 years old and I live in Torremolinos (Málaga), although I'm from Asturias



Which Martial Art do you do? What belt ?

I do Karate and prepare the second dan



List any titles or competitions you have won.

12 golds at regional championships

Gold Individual Championship Spain (Year 1999)

2 silver in Individual Championship Spain

5 bronze in Individual Championship Spain

3 silver in Spain Senior Championship Team

European Championship silver by Region (Year 2001)

Member of the Spanish team at International Championships (Paris 2000)



How many years of training ?

I started doing karate around seven years old .

In 2004 I stopped for 5 years because I have had a baby.



How many hours of training per week ?

I train between 8 and 10 hours a week, and when competition approach, I try to train more hours !


Why did you start this sport ?

I started doing karate following my two older brothers. Live sport in my house since I was born!



Why do you like this sport ?

Karate is not only a sport that keeps us fit, it is also a discipline that gives us security. It's great for body and mind!



What's your favorite technique?

I like many different kata techniques ... For example "Unsu" kata, I love the principal position "nekoashi dachi" is very elegant. Also "Sochin" and "Goyushijo-dai are my favorites,

Kicks and hands are pretty important and depends on the time ... but my physical qualities are best for hand techniques



Have you ever had to use your skills in self defence?

I've never had to use karate to defend myself, and hope I never need it! jajajaj ... Karate is not violent, as many people think, so all the kata begin with a defense,



Would you like to play in action/martial art movie ?

Yes of c ourse! jajjaaj ... It would be fantastic !!



Do you have other hobbys ?

I like all kinds of sports, jogging, the beach ... I try to enjoy my daughter and my husband all the time that I can, and also travel to Asturias where live the rest of my family!



Any advices to women who want to practise this sport ?

I advise this sport to all women because it has many benefits: it keeps us fit, makes us forget the problems, is ideal for weight loss, gives us security ...
Do not think it twice!

Thank you very much Claudia !


Claudia in competition :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3GLWiz9ZpI

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