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"Karate means love and both have the same role"

Renata Borba
Brazilian beauty Renata Borba, multiple champion of Brazil. She successfully proves that karate is not only a male sport. She told us about her activities and what Kyokushin means to her.
Tell about yourself. How did you start practicing Kyokushin?
— It all started on April 2, 2002, shortly before I had found a dogi and old tracks from my brother (deceased in 2007), who had also trained and stopped at Green graduation. It was when I looked for a training place, did some work to get money, with financial help from my mother and sisters I began to train Karate Kyokushin, which was the art with which I identified, by its philosophy, where we learned that we should be rigorous with ourselves, to be understanding with our fellow men, to refrain from violence, and to be faithful to our country.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is probably more popular in Brazil than Kyokushin. What was the reason for your choice?
— I have always identified with stand-up fight, more movement and mobility. I used to watch Van Damme movies and I remember loving his fighting style.
What other martial arts do you practice?
— I practice Muay Thai and kickboxing. Just for hobby and conditioning, I don't participate in competition.
Muay Thai and Kickboxing
What is the hardest thing for you as a woman in martial arts?
— Balancing my professional and athletic life. Although I often find myself tired from work, I keep up with my training routine so my conditioning is not impaired.
How do you train? What exercises do you practice, what do you pay more attention to?
— I am currently training every day, I have a team, entitled "Monster Team", where we train together for the development and improvement of fighting techniques. Normal classes, I take them in my own dojo, with another teacher. I really dedicate myself to the fighting part, but I try to balance for harmony.
Martial arts do not seem to be the most appropriate occupation for a woman. What do you think about this?
— The modern woman has put an end to the view of martial art as a "man thing", and the feminine presence in the academies is increasingly noticed. I think many taboos were broken, yet there are certain prejudices when it comes to the female presence on the mats.
Tell about your victories and achievements.
— I have many competitions in my career as an athlete, being the most important: 8x Brazilian champion, 6x State champion, South American champion, third placed in the world of karate Toeikan, among other titles.
Championship Cup
What else besides sports are you keen on?
— I'm passionate about dance and my work helping people to lead a healthier life.
In Brazil, the unconditional legends of Kyokushin are Ewerton Teixeira and Francisco Filho. Are they an example for you and teachers?
— For sure, Ewerton Teixeira is a great example to follow, he was an icon of Kyokushin Karate. I follow Francisco Filho's career for years, he is my idol, my inspiration. I have a tattoo with his autograph, in honor of his career as an athlete and as an incredible human being that I had the opportunity to meet and be friends with.
Francisco Filho's with Renata Borba
What is Kyokushin for you? What have you gained during the lessons?
— If I were to speak everything I know and learned from this art, it would take my whole life, but I will try to explain, the best way I can, what Kyokushin is for my life. Karate means love and both have the same role: being the way to personal growth, empowerment and aggrandizement. To begin the path of love, humility and courage are necessary and love must be exercised as an art, just like karate. Everyone starts white band, in love and in karate. Just as in any martial art training, in love we often get sore or bruised; however, the pain and suffering are part of any process that seeks to elevate us to a better version of ourselves. It takes humility and wisdom to follow this path and responsibility to pass on the knowledge acquired.
Perhaps due to your popularity, more girls will want to practice Kyokushin What advice can you give them?
— I would say what I always tell my students. If you have a dream, work hard until you have reached your goal. Nothing is impossible! The secret is not giving up, even when nothing seems to work out, because in the end we are rewarded for our effort!
Short questions:
What is the point of defeat?
Giving up on yourself
Kyokushin taught me ...
.. to have emotional control and discipline.
The best place on Earth?
My dojo
It seems to me that Kyokushin in 10 years ...
I wish Karate Kyokushin were just one again! That there were no differences or rivalries, but I believe that Kyokushin will continue to evolve and will always have great champions making history.
We wish Renata great victories and success, so that she will continue to exemplify for the younger generation. OSU!
Photo: Courtesy of Renata Borba