In what way has this discipline influenced you as a person?
I- It has taught me to be a more balanced individual and gives me the strength to face any adversity or challenge in life as if I were in the ring. Sometimes I fail, that’s normal, but I never back down and will always get up even stronger than before.
How do you ensure your mental strength?
I- With dedication and training. If I don’t feel totally ‘done in’ after a training session, it means I’m not giving it my all. And so I should carry on. But without the support of those around me and those who have spurred me on, I couldn’t have got to where I am.
Are you also an instructor at Sempre Avanti?
I- When I can, I help out with the children and youngsters preparing for competition. I wouldn’t call them my pupils, I think of them more like teammates.
And how do you help them?
I- I try to take care of them and, if they want, I share my experience with them. Not in terms of technique, as the Master is there for that. But to combat their fear, to encourage them to find the strength to always achieve their goals. I try to teach them that, as in life, you’re never alone in the ring or gym, and that those around you can help you make the difference.
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