What's your name, your age, where do you
My name is Karen, I'm 30, I come from Annecy (France)
Now I 'm living in Châlons-en-Champagne.
I exercise the profession of Project manager Quality in tourism.
Meanwhile, I work for the Rhône-Alpes Karate League as Head of Training of teachers.
Which Martial Art do you do? What belt ?
I practice karate, I'm black belt 4th dan since this year.
I love martial arts, combat sports. I regularly practice krav-maga, Hyoshi defense and body-karate.
I also practiced judo for 3 years during my university course in Montpellier.
List any titles or competitions you have won
2003 - Karate world champion (France)
2003 - Winner of Finland Open
2002 - 2nd place in female wold cup (France)
and two times, 3rd place in European championship (Germany and Croatia)
5 times French champion
3 times French cup champion
University French champion and winner of the South French cup
How many years of training ?
Pushed by my parents, I started karate at the age of 5, so that makes 25 years I'm wearing kimono (20 years of competition).
How many hours of training per week ?
When I was competing, I trained every days. Now I train 8/10 hours a week.
Why did you start this sport ?
My father has 3 girls and would have liked a boy who makes martial arts, so he put me in karate !
The first year I went to karate as a dilettante, forced to end the year... I wanted to stop.
My teacher already believed in my abilities .
It suited me to continue a second year and to compete. This is how I started to love karate even though my first 2 years of competition have been a disaster! lol!
Why do you like this sport ?
More than a sport, karate is for me a way of life!
I like putting my kimono and smell the dojo.
By its values,martial arts have helped me become a good person, someone respectable.
It is through the karate that I am what I have become.
Today I live my life with: a sense of honor, sense of hierarchy, the taste of effort, combativeness, pugnacity ...
What's your favorite technique?
Mawashi gueri and ura mawashi gueri because I love spectacular and aerial techniques !
I had the opportunity to attend many workshops led by Master Kase in Ste maxime (France) and Switzerland.
He called me "Mawashi gueri" and accept me in the group of black belts while I was only blue belt! It must be a sign! ... lol!
Have you ever had to use your skills in self defence?
It happened to me to be in a difficult situation ... and often the attitude, look and voice enough to defuse a confrontational and dangerous situation.
Would you like to play in action/martial art movie ?
Yes ! That could be fun !
Do you have other hobbys ?
I am someone who enjoys life.
I have many other hobbies because I like to discover and learn new things.
Among them (and apart from sport): gastronomy, Belote, cinema etc. ...
Any advices to women who want to practise this sport ?
Come try and practice on the tatami our values !
Thank you very much Karen !!
Karen training : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqyPqdi6tkg