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"I love Kyokushin, I believe that this is a unique system for educating the character of the individual"

Dilshoda Umarova
I do not get tired of studying, I like martial art in general, and there is no end to it, now I study all the necessary aspects of MMA and find it very interesting and fascinating. I don't think I'm on top, I think I'm on the right track.
Why such a love for martial arts?
— Martial arts came to me as a child, first in the movies, then in real life. From the first training I fell in love with them. I think it's beautiful, strong and sincere. The art of war, where you learn not only to be strong, but also smart, to build a path to victory tactically and strategically. In this you can improve endlessly.
You came to karate at the age of 11. In world practice, children begin earlier. Does it matter the age at which to start the classes?
— Yes, now people are starting to practice almost from the cradle, and sometimes I see videos, some of them perfectly control their body and beat incredible combinations even for adults. Of course, it would be great if a person started playing sports from childhood, but in my practice I met a lot of people who began to engage in 18, 20, 35 and even 60 years, and some of them have reached great heights. To be honest, they inspire me even more. Therefore, age can be important, but I believe that a person's desire should not stop at the thought of age. If you want to do it, do it, if you don't want to do it, don't do it.
How did you get your black belt? What are the feelings: are you at the top of the road or are things just beginning?
— The first black belt I received in 2009 at the Anapa training camp, the examiner was Shihan Arthur Hovhannisyan. After several years of hard training and competition, I was lucky enough to pass the tests on the 2nd and 3rd Dan in front of Kancho Shokei Matsui. These were wonderful days in my life, each of these exams was like a breakthrough, a new level, a test of my strength, a challenge to the limits and a successful result at the end. It is a difficult test, but as they say: "the game is worth the candle."
As for my sports career, I do not get tired of studying, I like martial art in general, and there is no end to it, now I study all the necessary aspects of MMA and find it very interesting and fascinating. I don't think I'm on top, I think I'm on the right track.
You post videos of sparring with men. What is the difference between training with a girl and a man?
— Yes, in most cases, I need to train with guys, but that's not bad either. There are pros and cons. The only difference between boys and girls is that girls are more emotional and energetic. The sparring between the girls are always meaner. Therefore I consider it useful to change partners that it was possible to work quietly and technically with guys, and also to train mentality with girls. It's also nice to work with professional fighters regardless of gender.
You represent the Russian Kyokushin, one of the strongest schools, how popular is this martial art in your country?
— Oh, Kyokushin in Russia is very developed. We have strong people and many people like to fight. Not a few famous athletes have glorified our country at the international and world level both in karate and in other martial arts.
Which martial art is tougher: Kyokushin, kickboxing or Muay Thai? Why?
— I do not know, I do not like these questions. I believe that it does not depend on karate, kickboxing or Thai boxing, depends on the person, how strong he is, and the style is just conditional rules in which we grow.
You trained in Russia, Thailand, USA. Tell about the peculiarities of classes in each country.
— In each country, city, hall trained differently. In a word, it is impossible to describe.
In Russia, I train only in one hall, the hall of my sensei Max Dedik. He always has everything in mind, everything is properly planned and selected, very diverse, a lot of tactical work and analysis. He sees a lot of little things and knows how to fix it, and also he always sees the athlete's individual style and tries to supplement and improve it.
The only difficult moment for me in Moscow was that I always had a shortage of sparring partners. Almost all of our tactical preparations were worked out on training bags and paws, there were neither girls nor guys in a suitable competitive form, ready to constantly stand with me and work out all the preparations. My partners were mostly guys and very rarely girls, often distinguished by the style and style of fighting rivals in competitions. But despite this, they made a huge contribution to my development with help and support, and I am very grateful to them for that.
In Thailand, everything is different, large volume training for 2-2.5 hours, a huge number of athletes from around the world from amateur to professional. Many guys come to fight in Glory, UFC, OneFC (the largest and most famous Asian promotion) and other organizations. In a group, there are 50–60 people in a season, everyone is working, shouting, energy is mad, everyone motivates each other.
Training takes place in the style of "see and do" at the end of the workout, shots / combinations are repeated on the training bag 100, 200, 500 times. If you want to learn, you need to take a closer look and try to repeat exactly as they show, Thais do not like when you do not follow the style, you need to catch the rhythm and learn to work in the stream in long rounds. This is especially difficult because of the tropical climate, sometimes you can lose 2-4 liters of liquid, and heavyweights and even more - this is a great stress for the body, since we trained there 2-3 times a day, 6 days a week. But over time you get used to it, and it's not so difficult for you. Any trainer in the gym can give you an edge, and then cut you off in three seconds, they have a very high level of equipment and excellent experience. I can talk endlessly about Thailand, you need to do a separate interview about this.
It is very cool to plunge into this world of boxers, into the atmosphere of Thailand and Thai culture. If you ever have the opportunity to go there to train, be sure to use this. It's unforgettable.
As for America ... Here I was focused more on MMA. 70% of my workouts were devoted to the development of wrestling: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, grappling, professional wrestling. All workouts are here one hour (briefly, but intensely), as well as 2-3 workouts per day. At first it seemed to me that the load was not enough after Thailand, but then everything fell into place. In Thailand, you had to turn off your head in order to be able to do a lot of work, no analysis, just beat-hit and the round never ends. And in America switching. Constantly sensitivity and attention, thin gloves change everything, distance, passes to legs, struggle with finishing on the floor, you always need to be in focus, every second and centimeter counts, sometimes you do not have time to blink and you are already on the floor.
What is your workout routine? What is the most difficult part of learning?
— At the moment I have time and the opportunity to train a lot. I usually train 2-3 times a day. Every day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, three times a week, functional training for MMA, free fight twice a week, two fights, three times a week, sparring with different directions: Tuesday is a strike technique, Thursday is a fight on the floor with finishing moves opponent, Saturday - free fight by the rules of MMA.
A few months ago it was difficult to fight, some moments did not succeed, but now I have become a little better, and now I like everything, I enjoy every workout, they are all different and interesting, you can learn endlessly.
What is Kyokushin for you?
— Kyokushin is my home, where I'm from, who opened the world of martial arts for me and gave me an incredible foundation for the future. I love Kyokushin, I think this is a unique system of education of the individual.
Do you have something so special that it helped to succeed? Any character trait?
— I believe that the ability to study and perceive information without criticism, to be open to new knowledge.
What are the goals and challenges facing you now?
— I am preparing for the debut in MMA, mastering everything necessary for this, and by the end of this year I plan to hold the first battle in the octagon.
Do you plan to perform in UFC?
— Now I plan to train and improve my skills in battle every day. It inspires me and brings me much pleasure.
MMA, first of all, is tough rules of struggle, which are not suitable for everyone. People like to talk about beautiful words like UFC, MMA, but many of them don't even know what they mean. The most important thing for me now is to acquire the necessary skills so that I can fight by these rules. If the UFC offers me, I will fight.
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Short questions:
What is the point of defeat?
See your shortcomings and start working on it.
Kyokushin taught me ...
Fight to the end, for what belongs to you.
The best place on Earth?
Thailand and the Himalayas.
It seems to me that Kyokushin in 10 years ...
I hope that in 10 years our style will fully adapt and be able to freely support the development of professional fighters in MMA, while preserving philosophy, traditions and respect.
Thanks for the interview Dilshoda! We wish her new achievements in Kyokushin and MMA! OSU!
Photo: Courtesy of Dilshoda Umarova