Rares (Gaby) has been training at the Kyoto Shotokan Karate club based in Shirehampton, Bristol since October 2016, travelling each week from his home in Stroud.
Having moved from his native Romania, facing the upheaval of leaving friends behind and starting a new school in a different country and language, Gaby has used his Karate to cross cultural boundaries.
He started Karate in 2009 (age 8) in Romania, and after 6 months entered his first competition and won 1st place in boys Kata (forms). He says “I was very proud and knew I will not stop competing and training in Karate because it was my passion and I was willing to keep winning”. Continuing in competition he regularly achieved 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in Kumite (fighting) and 1st, 2nd in Kata – both individual and team events. By brown belt he was part of the Romania National team and “started to dream big”.
Now training in Bristol, he has represented our club at National championships and won 2nd place in the Men’s (16-39 years) Individual Kata (at age 16, beating many experienced international competitors) in 2017, 1st place in Kata at Interclub competition and has just represented the Southern region in the Shiro Asano team championships in Nottingham.
This year Gaby was selected into the SKI-GB National Squad to represent GB in International competitions.