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Karate Live brings you interview with Mina Peric, who currently lives in Serbia and next to Karate she studies Biochemical Engineering.
2013: Gold Medal: European Championship of World Fudokan Federation (WFF), Italy (category juniors)
2013: Gold Medal: Word Championship of WFF, Czech Republic (category juniors)
2015: Bronze Medal: European Championship of WFF, Italy (category U21)
2015: Bronze and Silver Medal: Word Championship of WFF, Serbia (category U21)
Each medal has its own significance and story behind it so it's hard to say which one is the most important, but if I have to choose, then I'd say that, so far, the medals I've won during the European and World Championships in 2013 are the most significant, both being gold in the juniors category.
Do you remember your first competition? Was it successfull for you?
I can't quite recall my first competition, the only thing I remember is that it was held in my home town, Belgrade. However, the competition I've won my first medal on, the bronze medal, is still in my memory because the happiness I had felt back then was indescribable. That moment inspired me and gave me strength to keep on training to be even better. That's when my dreams started to take shape.
In which disciplines do you compete?
My competing discipline is in Kata and that's the discipline I've been competing in for years now. Even though I compete only in Kata, I train kumite too, because these two disciplines complement each other. This year I've tried competing in the discipline en-bu, which turned out to be quite successful.
How does your training before an important competition look like? How many times per week do you practise karate?
A couple of months prior to an important competition my trainings are completely focused on what I'll be preforming on the competition, otherwise my trainings diverse. The number of trainings depends heavily on my University schedule and competing season, so it varies from six to twelve times a week.
What is your favourite kata and why?
There are few katas which I especially like, but my favourite is kata Kaminari, because it consists of extraordinary and complex techniques and also because I've achieved great results with it.
What is your favourite karate technique?
My favourites are karate leg techniques, yoko geri and ura mawashi in particular.
What is your best memory in karate? And on the other hand, what is your worst memory in karate?
Myself, standing on the winners podium, holding my country's national flag and listening to the national anthem of my country, those moments make the fondest of my memories. Also very dear to me, there are the times, when I was, with small steps, just entering this world, the world of karate. The friendships I made ať the tournaments all over Europe are very dear to me too. I can't say I have any bad memories from karate, but there were some errors and big mistakes I made in competitions, when I was younger, mistakes, like falling after the jump in a kata and stuff like that.
What are your leisure time activities? Do you still have time for other activities next to karate?
In my free time I like to take long walks with the people dear to me, or if I feel the desire for solitude I read novels. Aside from karate I study Biochemical Engineering at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy.
I've been thinking a lot about what my answer to this question should be, and I've come to this:"The first condition we need to meet in order to be able to do great things is that we should love what we do".
What are your future plans?
I have a lot of plans for my future, but I think, that above all a man needs to have a strong desire for something and then to believe in it. I want to continue improving and perfecting my karate skills, to repeat the results I had in the year 2013, but this time in seniors category, to pass the knowledge my karate teachers passed onto me on to the future generations when the time comes, to finish my studies and be a graduated biochemical engineer.
What is your favourite meal? Which cuisine do you prefer?
I'm not too picky, when it comes to food and I easily adapt to a specific food regime, but I'd like to single out the filled paprikas as my favourite. Serbian and Italian cuisine I like the most.
Thank you very much for the interview. We wish you all the best in the future. Karate Live
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