The Interactive Kyokushin Book is already available on the App Store and Google Play!
Close

"I was born with Kyokushin"

Tatiana Peretel
It seems that the French Tatiana Peretel had no choice but to Kyokushin. She successfully performs and trains under the guidance of her father. In an interview, she spoke about these workouts, as well as her tattoos, which makes her happy.
At what age did you come to Kyokushin? What kind of sports do girls usually go to in France?
— I start Kyokushin when I was only 4 years ago. In France, there is a lot of kind of sports for girls. Girls can do the sport they want, there is not a girl-specific sport here.
Tell about your dojo. Do you train under the guidance of your father?
— Yes, it's my father who's my instructor. He's the best instructor I could have had throughout my life. Because he's more vigilant, more picky, harder with me than with anyone. It pushes me to be better every day after every class. I want to make him proud, I push my limits every time. My dojo is my family.
Dojo Family
Tell about the sensei Franck Peretel. Perhaps with such a father before you there was no choice what to do in life?
— My dad always told me: "Do the sport you want, but play sport". I never had to follow my father's way. But he is such a model for me, I have never managed to be interested in another sport. It's not a sport anymore, it's a passion, a way of life.
What did you know about Kyokushin and in general about martial arts before
you started to study?
— I was born with Kyokushin. I was a little girl when I started, so I didn't know much of Kyokushin. I was just trying to be like my dad. I became interested when I became a teenager, when my dad gave me my 2nd kyu. It was obligatory to write a memory, or make us understand that it was important to understand. He whole story around.
Recently, you made a tattoo. Tell about them, what else you have.
— I made my first tattoo at 18 years old. It made sense that the kenji was the first. Because he doesn't represente only Kyokushin, he represents above all my father. There is a triskele right behind, which represents the family, my family. It's a tribute to my parents, my brother and sisters, but also to my kyokushin family, who has always brought me a lot.
For others, I have an inscription in Viking language on the wrist, the deathly hollow on the neck, doves on the shoulder, a marine ink on the ankle, and the last one is my last name in Viking language with the symbol of Celtic infinity in the back. All my tattoos have a story, my story.
Tell about your family. Are you married?
— Not yet! I have a boyfriend, who supports me fully in my Kyokushin life. He's here for me, and it's very important to me. It's not easy to find someone who accepts this life filled with trainings, competitions and so on. I have two sisters, and a brother, who have/still practice Kyokushin too. I have a wonderful mother who follows us in our crazy life with my father.
Kyokushin Woman
What do you do in your spare time? Is there something that you would like to do, but still have not enough time?
— I love to draw. This is one of my favorite hobbies. I always draw since I was a little girl. I often do portraits of Kyokushin fighters if they order me.
What is the most important achievement in your life?
— To be happy. It may sound silly, but it's something that doesn't happen to everyone. I want to have a good life, never have regrets, do everything I want when I feel like it. Do what I like, fight for everything I dream of. But above all, I want to make my parents proud of me.
What are your goals now? What do you want to achieve yet?
— I would like to become sensei! Haha, like my dad before me. I want to at least get to that. I want to be able to go to the highest level I can for the competitions. I want to be able to at least make an international podium, why not worldwide afterwards. I want to be able to do all that as long as I can, that I don't let anything go.
What is Kyokushin for you?
— Kyokushin save my life a lot. That's my life, my family, my way of life. This is all. I can't imagine my life without Kyokushin. This is in me. And that's forever.
Karate with Sword
Short questions:
What is the point of defeat?
Theres is no defeat. There are only lessons to be learned from our mistakes.
Kyokushin taught me ...
Oh my God, it's so hard. Kyokushin taught me a lot. I learned good values, a discipline, set goals to reach them and go further. I learned to live in community, to always rely on my brothers and sisters of arms. I could spend the day there!
The best place on Earth?
It's home. It's always home.
It seems to me that Kyokushin in 10 years ...
It will always be Kyokushin in my heart. In 10 years, 20 years. It doesn't matter what level I will be, whether I will always be a student or a teacher. The most important thing is to keep this passion.
It's great when children follow in the footsteps of their parents. All the more successful. We wish Tatiana to surpass her father, because Kyokushin is really life for her. OSU!
Photo: Courtesy of Tatiana Peretel