KARATE … IS MY LIFE
I started doing Karate purely by chance when I was five years old. One day I walked into the Kodokan dojo in Florence with my father while some children were working out and I immediately fell in love with the sport. It was truly “love at first sight”. Since that day, my passion for Karate continues to grow, especially for kumite,is my preferred specialty.
Throughout the years, my parents (though they’ve never done Karate) have always facilitated and encouraged this passion of mine, coming to every tournament and competition in Italy or elsewhere. I’ve competed internationally in various European nations, in Morocco, Dubai and Las Vegas, and have always done well. I was 8 years old when I competed for the first time at a competition in Slovenia. I have fond memories of that first competition
The best experience I’ve ever had was last year in Bremen, Germany. I was selected by Master Lucio Maurino (kata champion several times over) to do a “Sound Karate” performance along with other Italian athletes during the opening ceremony of the World Senior Karate Championships WKF. It was a fantastic experience to perform in front of 15,000 people on the same tatami where the World Championships took place. I will always be grateful to Sensei Maurino for choosing me to be a part of the FIJLKAM Karate Demo Team Italy.