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Interview with Sulejman Mehmedali

13/02 2017

Sulejman Mehmedali is 21 years old, from club "Crvena Zvezda" from Belgrade, Serbia. Member of National Karate Team  of Serbia in Karate Fudokan. Sulejman recetly lives in Cairo, Egypt and works as  Karate Trainer.

Can you tell us about your beginnings in karate?
I started practicing karate at the age of seven. My first club was karate club "Beograd". My father was practicing karate, and I decided to continue in the tradition.

Who was your first sensei?
My first sensei was Dragoljub Kocovic.

Can you introduce your karate club?
My club in Serbia is "Red Star". My trainer is Igor Gajic and our famous sensei is Ilija Jorga Soke 10th Dan, founder of "Fudokan". But recetly I am in Egypt-Cairo, work as sensei in "Easy Talent Academy"

What are your most important results at competitions?
My best results are:
- European Champion 2016 in karate Fudokan discipline seniors Kumite individual -90kg
- World Youth Champion- 2015 Kumite Team U21
- Mediterranean Champion in Kumite Team 2016
- Mediterranean Vice Champion in Kata Individual 2016
- Bronze medal "World Championship" karate Fudokan 2015

Which kumite match was the hardest for you at Fudokan Championship ?
Hardest match was in 2015 at World Fudokan Championship against Romanian competitor and in 2016 at European Championship in  the finals against Russian competitor, but at the end I won, 4:2 and Gold medal was mine.

What is your favorite kata?
My favourite kata is Unsu, because of jump and explosiveness.

What does karate give to your life?
Karate teaches me how to be calm, how to respect, never give up, and always strive for better. It's way of life, and my life.

What is your best memory in karate?
My best memory is winning gold medal at European Championship 2016, celebrating with my friends from National Team of Serbia.

And are you interested in other sports? What are your other interests?
I like sports, specially martial arts, everything which is in relation with martial arts I like. My second passion is making cakes and watching, and trying to make something sweet.

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