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Interview with Cristina Ferrer García

28/01 2016

Cristina Ferrer García (Spain) won the K1 Open de Paris - 1st place - Female Kumite -55 Kg (January 24, 2016)

1st place - Female Kumite -55 Kg - Karate1 Premier League – Paris 2016 (FRA)
2nd place- Female Kumite -55 Kg - Karate1 Premier League - Istanbul 2015 (TUR)
3rd place - Female Kumite -55 Kg - 50th EKF Senior Championships (TUR)
2nd place - Female Kumite -55 Kg - Karate1 Premier League - Almere 2015 (NED)
3rd place - Female Kumite -61 Kg Karate1 Paris 2012 (FRA)  
1st place- Female Kumite -60 Kg - 36th EKF Junior&Cadet Karate Champ. 1st Under 21, 2009 (FRA)

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm from Ibiza, when I was 18, I went to Barcelona to study Master degree in Sport Science. I trained 8 years in Barcelona (with Cristina Feo) and two years ago I came to Menorca to create a Dojo and a Club. For this reason, I don't have coach or partners at level to train. I prepare my trainings with my boyfriend.

How was your way to the Gold medal at K1 Paris Open and what is your biggest impression from the tournament?
My way to the final wasn't easy, because I had two hard fights. I think that Paris  Open is one of the highest level championships in the world (after World Champ. and Continental Champ.)

Which kumite match was the hardest for you at this tournament?
The hardest  was the final match. Before I didn''t receive any point against me. The Ukranian girl have good jodan geris.

How did you prepare for the K1 Open de Paris?
I prepared to Paris Open with my boyfriend, only with him. Two years ago, I went to live to Menorca, and I don't have coach and team for trainings..only my boyfriend (he also participated in the tournament). I didn't do any "special" preparation.... I follow my preparation to the European and World Championships.



K1 Open Paris 2016


Who is your coach and what does he mean to you?
His name is Angel Arenas, he is the Spanish National Coach in kumite.
He has the ability to say the right word at all the times, also he reads the matches perfectly. He helps me a lot.

Cristina with Angel Arenas, coach   

What is your favourite part of training?
My favourite part (when I train with a team) is the final, when you go with your partners to drink a coca-cola and have a good time with them. In the traditional training I really like the physical preparation.

Can you tell us about your beginnings in karate?
I began to practice karate when I was 7 years old. I wasn't a very "skilled" girl, but I train a lots every day. I had the best senseis (dojo SAMYD, from IBIZA), they showed me values as "sacrifice" and "perseverance". And I started to win, but not by my innate qualities, I won because of the every day training, and got the qualities.

When did you start to compete? Do you remember your first start?
I started to compete at 7 years. I remember the championship, in my town. I lost, and I cried because I wanted the medal...I lost many times and I always cried.

Are you preparing for your next competition in the near future?
Yes. My next competition is the Spanish National Championship. There are a good level competitors in my category.

What are your other interests?
I really like to do sports. But, at this moment I only want to have "free time" to spend the time with my friends, or travel or go to the beach.

Do you have any life motto?
It is not a "life motto", I have a "sport motto" : Cabeza, Corazón y Cojones... The translation is "HEAD, HEART AND SOUL STRONG" .



Thank you very much for the interview, We wish you all the best in the future. Karate Live