Any better time to write a post about the news that lrytas.lt and Modestas Krukauskas shared few days ago than on the way from European championship? ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess will never ever have a better mood for that ๐Ÿ™‚ Posted few days later but written while waiting for delayed flights ๐Ÿ˜€

So Modestas shared some news about my graduation and one more decision. Yes, I ended my career as an athlete ๐Ÿ™‚ Honestly, I feel that this was done more than one year ago when I moved to Switzerland. But fair enough – it was not official and maybe some people still expected that I will compete. No ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this sport and karate idea so so much but the day when you have to stop finally comes ๐Ÿ™‚ For sure I am not dissapearing from karate world at all, just not competing anymore.ย 

Reasons? Firstly, even if I wanted to continue my career, I would need my coach (Paulius Klapatauskas!) and my team. Itโ€™s not in Switzerland. Secondly, I have that feeling inside that this was good time to stop because of other doors that I can open. What is more, sounds funny but Iโ€™m not 20 anymore ๐Ÿ˜„ I can continue with a long list such as injuries, motivation, professional career or just the feeling that it is enough. But fact is fact ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

I am proud that I managed to become 6 times European champion, 2 times bronze medal winner, silver in kata, won 3rd place in World championship and reached top 8 in open weight World championship. These results are just about adults. The list would be much longer with Junior and Youth European champion titles and prizes, international or Lithuanian tournaments..

Have to say one more thing to those who ask what I lost because of being an athlete. I always have one answer – no loses. Sport gave me so much. Character, people, friends, amazing opportunities and so many interesting projects. Oh, the best feeling of being 1st and working crazy hard for that too ๐Ÿ™‚ So those who ask if I regret making the choice to be an athlete, be sure, I am super happy about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish everyone had such an interesting life.

And.. sorry but have to do that โ€˜beauty contestโ€™ stuff and mention some people ๐Ÿ˜„ Firstly Paulius Klapatauskas for sure. Thank you!!! You were always the best! We worked crazy hard and I hope I wasnโ€™t as bad as I think I was ๐Ÿ˜„ you believed in me and I trusted you. Thatโ€™s the perfect combination ๐Ÿ™‚ And for sure we had great time! Lots of it!

Have to mention parents too. I canโ€™t say they were strongly against me being an athlete.. Letโ€™s keep it in this way โ€˜they didnโ€™t understand what I was doing with my lifeโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜„ But thatโ€™s why I am very grateful and this was the reason why I had huge motivation to prove that it is worth, to win all those titles and do many other things next to sports career. I think after 24 years they finally understand that it was not so bad but.. still are very happy that I am not competing anymore ๐Ÿ˜€

Romas Vitkauskas, Vidmantas Poskaitis, Aleksej Svesnikov, you always knew when to say the needed word. Or say nothing ๐Ÿ™‚ Doctors (you are the best!!!), colleagues, training partners, all others from the team!ย  Margarita Ciuplyte, for being and idol when I was a teenager and very good friend after! Ruta Brazdzionyte, for being such a good friend and best roommate ๐Ÿ˜„ย  All girls for proving each year what a strong, smart and beautiful team we have (Copyrights Romas Vitkauskas) ๐Ÿ˜„ Have to mention my boxing coach too! And my muay thai coach Zydrunas Jasiunas for sure, he gave me so much! Well looks like I can never stop..๐Ÿ˜„ ok, bro, big thanks goes to you for the pictures too ๐Ÿ˜„ย 

Karate is a passion, idea and itโ€™s for life ๐Ÿ˜‰ So story to be continued ๐Ÿ˜‰

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