What's your name, your age, where do you live ?
Maria Viskushenko, I m 24 year old and I live in Minsk (Belarus).
I' m engineer, i finish BNTU (Belarusian national technical university).
Which Martial Art do you do? What belt ?
Karate- do , Shotokan. Black belt - 1 dan.
List any titles or competitions you have won.
1st place – World Championship SKIF – female team kata - Kiev, Ukraine 2013
place – World Championship SKIF – female team kumite - Kiev, Ukraine 2013
1st place – Minsk Championship WKF – female team kata- Minsk, Belarus 2013
1st place – Minsk Championship WKF – female kumite - Minsk, Belarus 2013
Several medals in national championship
How many years of training ?
I am practicing since the age of 10. Total 14 years.
I gained black belt in 2010 with sensei Tamang (8th Dan , Japan) NSKF
How many hours of training per week ?
I train about 6-8 hours per week. If I prepare a competition, it is more.
Why did you start this sport ?
My best friend offered to go to karate. Since then, I can't stop .
Why do you like this sport ?
This is my way of life, karate gives many things in life from physical health to great friends and moments.
It helps in ordinary life.
Thanks to karate I know what to do from the impossible possible.
What's your favorite technique?
Double entrance, mawashi-geri and yoko geri .
Have you ever had to use your skills in self defence?
No, i have never had to use my art in self defence : physical strength do not solve conflicts.
Would you like to play in action / martial art movie?
Yes, I would like to play in martial arts movie.
I've always liked Jackie chan's movies .
Do you have other hobbys ?
Ballroom dancing in pairs, swimming
Any advices to women who want to practise this sport ?
Do not be afraid if you want to do, go and do it! This will give you confidence, beautiful body, physical health, and a lot of positive moments and emotions. Movement - life! Sometimes this will not be easy, but it's worth it!
Thank you very much Maria !
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