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"I want to become a great coach and a great physiotherapist"

Jonas Rosin
Jonas Rosin, despite his age, already is the champion of Europe and independently trains, while having time to learn full time to become a physiotherapist. AppKanku asked him about his studies, idols, and also who else in his family is engaged in Kyokushin.
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Firstly, we would like to congratulate you on winning the European Championship! Tell us about the tournament, about the rivals. Did you come to Yerevan with a firm confidence in the victory?
— Thank you! For me I always want to invision myself as the winner before the tournament. I visualize different scenarios and how I respond to them. I also like to watch my opponents for general strength and weaknesses, but not too much too that I think about what they do instead of what I'm going to do. Of course I knew that there was a lot of good fighters in this tournament and I had to prepare for this accordingly with hard and focused trainings.
Now do you plan to win the World Championship?
— For me that has always been the dream and something I strive towards winning.
Now you perform in the weight category up to 90 kg. Tell us, why did you change your weight from 80 kg?
— I can fight both -80 and -90, I feel comfortable in both categories, it just depends on the tournament and if decisions by weight difference are common or not. The plan right now is to still fight in both categories in the future.
You train in Sweden, Spain and Russia. Tell us about the peculiarities of preparation in each of the countries.
— In Sweden i have a few training partners that offer me good sparring and whom I trust and can work specific scenarios without high risk of injury. When I travel to other countries it offers more sparring partners with different styles and techniques. This type of training give me feedback on what type of things I need to improve in the future. Also when I go to Russia I train under Sensei Dmitry Savelyev and Victor Lyutinskiy, they have been a huge help and one of the biggest reasons I won in Yerevan.
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Despite a fairly young age, you already independently conduct training. Tell us, what difficulties do you face in this regard?
— Sometimes it is hard when you don't have the experience and someone looking at you every training and giving feedback. But I have done my best to improve my ability to observe myself and my students for flaws. Being young also gives you a open mind and ability to examine you training methods on a regular basis and trying new things in order to find better ways of doing things.
Do you have an idol among the famous Kyokushin fighters, to whom you are equal?
— I don't have any idols among active Kyokushin fighters because you never know if you vill face them. When I was younger fighters like Hajime Kazumi, Sergey Osipov and Fransisco Filho were some of the fighters I watched a lot. Nowadays I probably watch more fighters and try to study were the sport is going and what fighters from different regions and/or organizations are doing and how they approach the sport, both when it comes to training and competing.
How has the level of Kyokushin in Sweden changed while you are doing it? How popular is your martial art in your country?
— The level of Kyokushin in Sweden is rising, my hope is that in a few years we will be one of the top nations in Europe. The martial art isn't that popular, I think people have an distorted view of what martial art and Kyokushin is, so they don't really look in to the sport and all the positive sides it has to offer.
What is your workout routine? What is the most difficult part of learning?
— I usually train Kyokushin 5-6/week, strength training 2-3/week, running 2-3/week and once a week I train Judo.
Are you busy off the tatami? What are you interested in besides sports?
— Kyokushin takes most of my free time, especially when I both need to take care of my own training and coach the others on the team. But besides training I study full time to become a physiotherapist and sometimes I have time to be with family and friends.
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Who else in your family does Kyokushin besides you?
— My father got me started in Kyokushin he started training in the 80s, my mother just recently started training so it's definitely a big thing in the family.
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What are your goals away from Kyokushin?
— I want to become a great coach and a great physiotherapist so that I can help people achieve their own goals.
Short questions:
What is the point of defeat?
To learn and become better.
Kyokushin taught me ...
Hardwork creates opportunities.
The best place on Earth?
Sweden!
It seems to me that Kyokushin in 10 years ...
I hope it will continue to become more united, but that's maybe just a dream …
Jonas, we believe that you will definitely win the World Cup, perhaps not once. We wish you to become an excellent coach and achieve success in physical therapy! OSU!
Photo: Courtesy of Jonas Rosin