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Interview with Franco Icasati

01/01 2016


Franco Icasati lives in Buenos Aires, currently practise Karate with the team in the national high performance center, started practising Karate at the age of 6 years.

Results:

2015 Karate1 Premier League - Brazil -Male Kumite -75 Kg - 3rd Place
2015 XXIX Pan American Adult Karate Championship-Toronto-Male Kumite -75 Kg - 3rd Place
2014 XXVIII Pan American Adult Karate Championship -Lima (PER) Male Kumite-75 Kg 5th Place
2013 Sportaccord World Combat Games (RUS) Male Kumite -75 Kg 5th Place
2013 Karate1 Premier League - Istanbul- Male Kumite -75 Kg 5th Place
2013 XXVII Pan-American Championships (ARG) Male Kumite Open -3rd Place
2013 XXVII Pan-American Championships (ARG) Male Kumite -75 Kg -1st Place
2012 XXVI Pan-American Karate-do Championships Male Kumite -75 Kg-5th Place

 

This year was very successful for you. You won 3rd place in kumite at the Pan American in Toronto and then took 3rd place at Karate1 in Brazil. How difficult was for you the final kumite match in Toronto?
My last fight in Toronto was very complex, because of an injury to my knee in the match against Dubo. My injured knee hampered my normal performance much and was very limited. I like the Venezuelan athlete`s forms, it is a great fighter and normally would have been too complex.

What is your biggest impression from Toronto?
The Toronto experience was great, because it was one of the best events, in which I had to compete, because it was a great tournament for Argentina.

Which opponent was the hardest for you at Karate1 Premier League in Brazil?
At The Premier League in Brazil I came across a Colombian competitor, whom I did not know and I think he underestimated the situation and got the win. It was a tournament, in which Argentina was still not fully fit, because our target was the Pan American Games.

Throughout your career you have been struggling in the same weightcategory (-75 kg). Do you have to control your weight? Do you have a special diet?
Honestly I can easily reach 75kg. Luckily it's my natural weight. I follow a nutritional plan, provided by the Olympic Committee.

Have you ever competed in kata? Which kata do you like?
In kids category I competed a lot in kata and my favourite Kata is sochin and empi.

Can you remember your first match in kumite? Did you win?
I remember my first fight at the age of 12 at an Argentine Championship. It went well, I won by difference and with all kicking techniques.  My opponent had a tremendous fear.

How much time per week do you dedicate the gym?
Daily 2 hours.

In which club did you start practising karate and who is your first coach?
I started at age of 6 in a dojo near my house, called Meikyo and my Sensei is Marcelo Campanella.

In which club do you practise karate currently, and who is your coach?
Currently I only train with the team in the national high performance center and according to the coach selection my Sensei is Marcelo Campanella.

What is your job?
I am Physical Trainer of Rugby team, called Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Have you ever had a serious injury from the competition?
I had injuries from the head to the toe. There are situations that we have to learn to live together. I had nose surgery, hernia, fractures, concussions, etc ... .

And what about your family, did they encourage your interest in karate? Which sport does do your daughter?
Without the support of my family I could not have access to both. And as for my daughter, yet she does no sport because she has only two years. I approached the gym or dance .. .

Do you have a favorite place in Argentina?
My city Buenos Aires and I really like Patagonia.

How did you spend this Christmas?
I spent Christmas with my family in Buenos Aires and New Year in Patagonia (Viedma) with my wife's family.

 

Spanish version of the interview  

1. Mi último combate en Toronto fue muy complejo debido a una lesión en mi rodilla en el combate contra Dubo. Tuve un choque de rodillas que dificultó mucho mi normal desempeño y estuve muy limitado. Se igual forma el Venezolano es un gran peleador y en condiciones normales hubiera sido muy complejo también.

2. La experiencia en Toronto fue genial debido a que fueron unos de los mejores eventos en los cuales me tocó competir y a que fue un gran campeonato para la Argentina.

3. El la Premier League de Brasil me crucé con una gran competidor colombiano que no lo conocía y creo que subestime la situación y él se llevó la victoria. Fue un torneo en el cual Argentina todavía no estaba en plena forma ya que nuestro objetivo eran los juegos panamericanos.

4. Sinceramente no me cuesta llegar a los 75kg. Es mi peso natural afortunado
Sigo un plan nutricional brindado por el comité olímpico.

5. En infantiles hice mucho Kata y mi kata preferido es sochin y empi.

6. Recuerdo mi primer combate a los 12 años en un campeónato Argentino. Me fue bien, gané por diferencia y con todas técnicas de patada. Tenía un miedo tremendo.

7. Todos los días 2 horas.

8. Comencé a los 6 años en un dojo cerca de mi casa que se llamaba Meikyo y mi Sensei es Marcelo Campanella.

9. Acctualmente solo entreno con la selección en el centro nacional de alto rendimiento y el coach de la selección es mi Sensei Marcelo Campanella.

10. Soy Preparador Físico de un equipo de Rugby que se llama Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

11. Tuve lesiones desde los pies a la cabeza. Son situaciones con las que tenemos que aprender a convivir. Tuve cirugías de nariz, hernia, fracturas, conmociones cerebrales, etc...

12. Sin el apoyo de mi familia no hubiese podido acceder a tanto. Y con respecto a mi hija, todavía no hace ningún deporte ya que tiene solo 2 años. Creo q se acercara a la gimnasia o la danza...

13. Soy un fanatizo de mi ciudad Buenos Aires y me gusta mucho la Patagonia.

14. La Navidad la pasamos con mi familia en Buenos Aires y el año nuevo lo pasamos en la Patagonia (Viedma) junto a la familia de mi mujer.

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

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