SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: MASTER TRAINER & KARATE CHAMP CLAUDE TSHISEKEDI

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: MASTER TRAINER & KARATE CHAMP CLAUDE TSHISEKEDI


My name is Claude Tshisekedi. I am a former martial arts competitor in Karate and Kickboxing. I studied sports education and am originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am a personal trainer and master trainer in Belgium. Thanks alot. I have done a lot of competitions, it’s true.. but to say that I am the best… one of the best! Thanks for saying that! As far as titles go, I have earned many titles from adolescence to now but the most marked ones are: My first experience participating in the Karate World Championships, in 1996, in Sun City (South Africa) My 2nd Karate World Championships in 1998 in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and the different competitions I did in France. My first competition competing nationally in Paris, organized by the FFT Federation, I came in first and 2nd in Team I have earned many titles, but what matters to me most are not titles, but that I gave it my best and the feelings I experienced in those moments. As far as concentration goes or how I was able to focus, I believe it is thanks to my professors, the awesome professors that I have had in my life. I don’t think that I am a very disciplined person naturally, but I worked with coaches who kept a firm grip on me and who pushed me to compete at championships, I competed in the Tokyo open as well, so it is thanks to great teachers. Hi to my coaches! There are many aspects that are very different from other fitness methods, but there is convergence in terms of physical and mental benefits. As far as fitness boxing goes, there is a great psychological benefit for someone who works all day. It is a complete stress reliever. A great way to let off steam. Secondly, there is the muscular aspect, because you work all muscles of the body at once. Everything at the same time. Total body. There is not one particular choreography to follow, as opposed to other fitness methods. In fitness boxing, whether collective classes or 1-on-1, there is no obligatory choreography to follow. The routine is adapted to the individual. In the past, people adapted to a sport, nowadays it is the inverse. The sport should adapt to the person. Every person is different. We are not the same. We are not obligated to create a standard training for everyone. That is the advantage of fitness boxing. It can be practiced by anyone of any age, no matter their level. It is very accessible to everyone. You mentioned that boxing can be practiced by beginners who have never done sport, there isn’t a base level they should have to start? There is no base level a person who wants to do fitness boxing is not obligated to have any experience in combat sports. We have taught many people here, some of them went on to compete in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, traditional Boxing and even grappling. They discovered something dormant inside them that they nurtured and developed. You don’t have to have been a champion in combat sports. It is accessible to everyone. Accessible to everyone. As I mentioned earlier, using today’s fitness methods, training adapts to each person and their occupation. If someone is very busy and can’t find time to train more than one time per week, we work around that. With time, they will improve. But, on average, if you train 2x per week, You will easily obtain results within 2-3 months. First off, there is the trend phenomenon. Fitness boxing has become a trend. A lot of women want to box. There is also the idea of discovery. There are a lot of preconceptions about boxing. It’s very masculine, very violent.. lots of preconceptions…it’s not technical, it’s all about who hits the hardest, it’s reserved for men.. Boxing is actually very functional. We don’t box with just the arms, the entire body moves together, in synergy, to create a good jab, a good cross. the entire body has to be in synergy. Yes, fitness boxing has become a trend, but it also works really well for women because many women don’t have a hobby, it’s just work/sleep/work/sleep as opposed to men, who often have hobbies. For many women, in general, it is just work/sleep and family life. When they start doing fitness boxing, as I said earlier, it is a great stress-reliever. A great stress-reliever. It is good for the mind, you feel good and it is also great for losing weight. Lose weight, firm up, become more muscular, everything that people search for in a fitness routine, all of that can be achieved through fitness fighting. To practice fitness boxing with me is different than with some other fitness boxing concepts, where people often punch into the air which isn’t great for their joints in the long term. I use punching mitts with my students. They should have a pair of boxing gloves and wrist wraps to protect their wrist joints. In fitness boxing there are two groups. There are those who don’t want to kick, so they only need gloves. Those who want to practice kicks should also get shin guards. As far as glove weight is concerned, you should consult with the retailer, who can provide you with information. You should at least get a glove that is tight around your wrist. In general, women usually use 8oz -10oz gloves and men 12oz -14oz. The first question I would ask you would be what is your objective in coming to this gym? The majority often say they want to lose weight… Let’s say I want to lose weight.. What type of work are you doing? A professional So you are always in front of a computer. You spend a lot of your day sitting. Ok, a general scenario for this type of person is that this person is always sitting in their office, after the office it is the car, always sitting. This person spends a lot of time thinking, using their brain. When this person arrives in the gym, they want to decompress, de-stress, they want to disconnect with the daily grind. The key is to disconnect with the daily grind. The person should feel like they’re entering a playful environment. When a person comes to the gym to train, at first it is out of necessity. If it still feels like just a necessity after 6 months, the person will stop. Training has to become pleasureable, like a drug. Even if we don’t have the timewe do it at home. It is our mission, as personal trainers, whether for fitness boxing or not, to help people make sport become a habit, so they can disconnect and forget about their problems (bills, car). Forget everything, all of it, and be able to have fun, let off steam… That is the purpose of a good personal trainer. Of course! Anytime, whenever, wherever. Our saying is FULL POWER, FULL PATATE (potato). Everything is PATATE. Always FULL POWER. ALWAYS FULL POWER. FULL POWER. FULL PATATE. Welcome to the complete disconnection.

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