Hey there! My name is Sandra Sánchez. I consider myself a funny, restless and playful munchkin, full of dreams and enthusiasm. I am in love with karate, which makes me feel overjoyed at my career. As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to achieve an only goal; thus, I will keep going in my personal pursuit of this dream, step by step. Clearly, this has been a very long and tough journey; nonetheless, if I have been able to come this far, through sweat, tears and sacrifice, I am not stopping now.
In my personal case, I feel an extraordinary satisfaction when I have been able to give my best in every training; sometimes, even more than when winning a competition. Besides, it is not easy to be a female athlete, who is competing by my age. As a matter of fact, there is almost no time for relax when competing at this high-standard; since, new goals and objectives show up along the way. Hence, you must always be prepared to overcome these new obstacles by training both your body and your mind. In particular, the challenge of keeping up this level as number 1 in the WKF ranking is greater and greater.
However, if I have a goal in mind, nobody can stop me!
Travelling is the hobby that walks along with my vocation. To illustrate, I love saving some money in a cash box in order to travel anywhere. For this reason, I often take advantage of my competitions and seminars along the world by finally visiting plenty of those countries I used to dream of when I was a child.
Even though most of the times I have to go from the sports centre to the hotel and vice versa, I love the possibility of getting to know new people and their cultures, which allows me to study my opponents’ national customs. For instance, while I spent some time in Australia as a “survivor”, I could also work as a top qualified professional in Dubai.
However, the countries I have always yearned to visit were in Asia; Japan, in particular, was the place I could not wait to see. Thus, you can imagine, when I was finally able to travel there, I just did not want to leave. Besides, I was overjoyed at training with several great masters such as Inoue, Higaonna and Sakumoto, as well as top competitors like Rika Usami. Definitely, I was making every moment count in my most desired dream…
By the time I finished studying my degree and came back from my sabbatical time to travel the world, I had quitted karate. At this point, I was encouraged to begin training and competing again. However, I was aware of my own weaknesses and knew I had to improve both my physical and technical preparation if I wanted to succeed.
Jesús was, in my opinion, the only person able to help me with this difficult task. Nevertheless, getting to train with him was not easy as you could expect, since my requests to practice karate with this well-known coach were rejected many times. Evidently, I realised I had to keep trying my best to succeed, so I did until I was finally accepted to his gym. I have to admit I am a really persistent and determined person.
Then, the day I could finally train with him I realised my high expectations about his competence were not baseless. Similarly, I was also determined to show him I would not let him down from this very first practice. From that day, we have learned together, creating a great team that has led as this far… Thanks to this mutual understanding, even as a couple, we complement each other perfectly. Hence, we plan every practice together, learning every day from this routine.
My favourite catchphrase is: “Don’t quit, keep going until you can turn something impossible into a reality”. Of course, I consider myself a really hard-working person, as I am always beavering away at karate.
Certainly, the achievement of becoming WKF #1 in female kata comes as the result of a long way, in which daily hard work and sacrifice have played a key role. Clearly, genetics might be considered a key aspect in top level competition; nevertheless, I consider both parts – genetics and hard work – as equals in the way to become a world class athlete. For instance, I literally give my all for karate, as I spend more than 6 hours training in the elite sports centre located in Madrid.
Surely, all this specific physical-technical training reflects on my kata performances. Every time I compete, I feel confident about this previous work, since I can almost feel its real application along the kata. In particular, “Papporen” is my“tokui kata” (favourite kata).