Israel's Martial Arts Team Goes for Gold at Europe Championships





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Published on May 6, 2011

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In the European Martial Arts Championships, the Israeli team came out with 3 gold. And now the team is back in training for the October competitions in Turkey. Our Israel correspondent has more.

Israel's martial arts team raked in the medals at the European Traditional Wushu Championships in Estonia.

All five athletes won medals - three gold and two bronze.

Israel took second place in the Chinese fighting art Championship right behind first place winner, Russia.

Each athlete on the team trains in a different fighting style.

For one competitor, it's gold at last. He's been training since 1997.

[Dan Guterman, Tun Bei Quan European Champion]:
"There are no miracles on the carpet. Whoever works hard, trains and is focused on his goal will go to the top of the podium. And when you walk up to the top of the podium you know that you've done everything you could. You've won the gold medal and rightfully earned your place at the top of the podium."

The Israeli National team trains arduously on a daily basis and sometimes even twice a day.

[Natasha Gerevitz, Tun Bei Quan European Champion]:
"Winning a medal makes you feel that all your hard work paid off. I've worked a very long time for this, for this minute-and-a-half on the carpet, that's where you give everything you've got."

The competition contestants include jumps, splits, somersaults, flexibility, all adapted from each athlete's field.

The athlete has a very short time to impress the judges with his exercise.

[Alexander Frenkel, Israeli Team Coach]:
"In China and in the rest of the world there are still many traditional Chinese martial arts styles and ancient traditional studies. However, the martial arts field has progressed and there are competitions now. Today it's a competitive sport in every sense of the word and there are rules."

The World Chinese Martial Arts Championship will take place in Turkey in October. The Israeli National Team is already focused to win.

NTD News, Israel


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