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"Many years ago when I started karate I was the only girl in my dojo"

Ani Samveli
Armenian Ani Samveli has time to do not only Kyokushin, but also many other things. For example, she loves dancing. What else is interesting to her, besides karate, she told us in an interview.
We want to know about your way to Kyokushin. How and when did you start studying?
— I started the way to Kyokushin quite late because in my country martial arts weren't as popular as now days. I was 15 years old when I started Kyokushin karate. I remember once I met a guys doing karate with their coach. I was impressed. It was my childish dream to learn karate and fight like a boy. I thought it was my chance to start karate.
Who was your first coach? What role did he play in your life?
— My first coach was the founder and the president of Armenian Kyokushin karate shihan Andranik Hakobyan. He made me who I am now.
Shihan Andranik Hakobyan
What is the level of Kyokushin in your country? How many people choose this martial art?
— In Armenia Kyokushin karate is on the highest level we have 4000 students in Armenian Kyokushin Karate Federation.
Tell about your dojo.
— I love my dojo. Most of the time I spend there. It's a place where you learn fight, respect and discipline.
Under whose guidance do you train?
— I train under my one and only coach shihan Andranik's guidance.
- Are there more boys or girls in your dojo? Among whom is Kyokushin most popular?
— Many years ago when I started karate I was the only girl in my dojo sometimes I was even shy because all the boys were laughing at me but now there are many girls doing Kyokushin.
How are your trainings going? What do you pay more attention to?
— My trainings are going good I'm preparing for a tournament but I don't want to talk about it yet. I pay attention on everything kata and kumite.
How long does Kyokushin take in your life? Is this a hobby or something more?
— Kyokushin is a lifestyle. it's a good psychotherapy and a way of life.
Do you have an idol in the world of Kyokushin?
— Mas Oyama is my idol. I think he is the best example for all the karatekas.
Tell about your free time and hobbies, what are you interested in.
— I don't really have free time because I always fill my time with something interesting. For example I like traveling, reading books, I'm taking dancing classes too I like to dance rumba, cha-cha, salsa, Argentine tango, etc.
What other sports do you like to do?
— I am taking swimming classes too.
Kyokushin Hobby
Go to a party or go to training? :)
— Go to training.
What is the most important achievement in your life?
— Victory is my best achievement. I could win myself that's the best achievement.
Kata Kyokushin
What would you like to do after your career?
— My career is not ending yet so I don't want to talk about it :)
Short questions:
What is the point of defeat?
I don't know what is defeat because I never lose I learn.
Kyokushin taught me ...
Go hard or go home that's what Kyokushin taught me.
The best place on Earth?
The best place on earth is the place where I find peace, love and happiness.
It seems to me that Kyokushin in 10 years ...
It seems to me that in 10 years my kids also will do Kyokushin. Lol, who knows? :)
Thanks to Ani for the interview. Good luck to you on the tatami and dance floor! OSU!
Photo: Courtesy of Ani Samveli