Vivien Halász: I see the world through different eyes than the majority of young people

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kyokushin karate in Hungary had taken roots a quarter of a century ago when Attila Mészáros came back from Sweden and held a training session at “Testnevelési Főiskola”. Over the past 25 years, Kyokushin karate have conquered the country: today, several thousand athletes train every week nationwide - both guys and girls. Twenty-one year old black belt karate master, Vivien Halász -- who carries the genes for the love of martial arts -- started training 17 years ago. She is practicing karate on a professional level ever since and as a result, she won the sixth place at New York World Cup and won bronze medal at the European Championships held in Belgrade, last year.

- What do you think, why has Kyokushin karate become the most popular karate style in Hungary?

- Kyokushin karate is the hardest among all styles of karate; besides, teaching self-defense, it also teaches humility, honor and perseverance. The technique of the style is based on the unity of the circle, line and the point – it uses the body's energy sources along a circle, or by using circular motions, it puts the focus on one point. To follow this rule, in addition to physical fitness, you need spiritual training as well. Unfortunately, the style broke up into several branches, but I'm belonging to the original IKO (International Kyokushin Organization). The leader of this organization is Kancho Shokei Matsui, 8 dan karate master.

- You started your training - if I count it well – at the age of four.

- Yes ... My father, Károly Halász (5 dan master), currently, the IKO Central Hungarian leader, took me to my first workout. I remember that integration went very well, since I virtually grew up in the dojo as my dad always took me to competitions.

- What are your future plans?

- I participate several world and European competitions, every year where sometimes I win, sometimes lose; but the goal is now, to stand on the top of the podium. Besides competing in tournaments, I take coaching courses, I still have to pass the tests; through these years, I also taught karate beside my dad; I taught kindergarten karatekas.

Father and daughter

- This takes lots of time and energy. How can you reconcile it with your everyday life?

- I see the world through different eyes than the majority of young people. While in high school, my primarily goal was to train, rather than study or hang out with friends. If I can, I work out every day, but I train, at least 3 times a week, this also depends on competition schedules. On weekends, I often go to training camps and almost every second or third month, I compete in different cities around the world – I enjoy traveling immensely. I always tried organizing my time; my teachers were always helpful, although, I preferred training to studying. I also like partying. The competitions require strength and perseverance.

- How does all this affect your femininity?

- Karate is a manly sport, but lots of girls also practicing it; about two-thirds-one-third the proportion of boys and girls. The training sessions are held at the same time, however, competitions are separate for guys and girls. Girls are just as tough as the guys, so the proportion of black belts among them is about the same. Fortunately, I am the kind of girl that can maintain her femininity; I like nice clothes, shoes, handbags, just as other girls. I'm easy going in relationships and I'm adaptable - I owe these propensities to the sport. Love life doesn't cause problem either, as my boyfriend is also karateka.

Source: Flyerz

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