What's your name, your age, where do you live ?
My name is Deborah, i'm 22 years old, i live in Besançon (France)
I'm student ( to be nurse )
Which Martial Art do you do? What belt ?
I'm a black belt 1 dan shotokan karate, I'm preparing the 2nd dan
List any titles or competitions you have won.
Multiple champion in my area (franche comte)
5th french cup 2003
1st North France cup 2006
5th World championship skdun individual 2006
3rd World championship skdun (team) 2006
3rd World championship skdun individual 2007
2nd World championship skdun (team) 2007
5th International cup 2007
2nd International hetet cup 2008
5th Norht-France cup junior 2008
2nd World championship skdun individual junior 2009
2nd World championship skdun (team) junior 2009
Double french Champion junior (-59kg open) 2009
2nd International Adidas cup junior 2009
3rd World championship skdun individual senior 2010
Inter régional champion senior 2010
3rd International Adidas cup senior 2010
How many years of training ?
I started karate at 8 years old, so now that's about 15 years of training !
How many hours of training per week ?
(combien d' heure d' entrainement par semaine ?)
When i was younger, about 15 hours/week, then i have reduced the training because of my studies,
I'm a volunteer firefighter and it takes me a long time ! But this year , I restarts competitions so i'm doing a lot of sport and train 3 times a week,
Why did you start this sport ?
After one year of ballet and football I wanted to try another sport, My father motivated me to do this sport,
It was reassuring for him that I know how to defend myself ! And my first training was a revelation !! ( I remember very well )
Why do you like this sport ?
Technique, control, spectacular , This is what I like ! And most importantly : Self-control, wich serves me well ! It taught me to control my energy and give it all on the tatami !
What's your favorite technique?
Ura mawashi geri, I like use my legs
Have you ever had to use your skills in self defence?
Never, karate has taught me not to fight, While I was very feisty before starting karate !
Would you like to play in action/martial art movie ?
Yes, that could be fun,,,, but i'm not a good actor,
Do you have other hobbys ?
Yes, i'm a volunteer firefighter
Any advices to women who want to practise this sport ?
No hesitation ! This is not only for men, All the moves are control, so very low risk of injury, It allows you to have more confidence and know how to defend, it can be usefull !
Thank you very much Deborah !