The resume of Farida Abiyeva is pretty impressive at the first glance. She is Azerbaijan’s national karate team member, numerous medal winner, a student and a senior lieutenant of the State Border Service (SBS) in her country. And she’s pretty modest about all of it:
“My first college education is philology, but my love for the law led me to a second higher education. Along with studies and sports, for 6 years I have been serving in the border troops of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Yes, it is difficult to combine everything at once, but this is my life.”
It seems like she’s used to handling all the obstacles and fighting for her goals since the young age. In her first karate years she had to train and compete with boys (sometimes older and much stronger).
“It has been 20 years since I devoted myself entirely to karate. Actually, a TV program led me to this sport. For 4-5 years I trained and competed with boys older than me (because there were no girls, not only in our club, but also in many other ones). I suppose there are many interesting moments from that time it would be awesome to share, but unfortunately I don’t remember everything.”
Many people don’t know that, but her first karate steps were in kata.
“Even as a cadet, I practiced kata and kumite at the same time.”
How did you decide what to choose?
“My coach helped me to make the final decision. I think that in kata it would be interesting for me too.”
And with only 26 years, we can say she has an interesting career. In her showcase, there are gold and bronze medals from the World Cup, team gold from the European Championship as well as gold from the 4th Islamic solidarity games (she won in Baku). Now, she is fighting for the points for Olympics:
“The Olympic Games are the pinnacle of every professional athlete. But, it was a year and a half without competition. I don’t want to predict in advance, everything will be visible on the tatami”.
Farida’s motivation is music and self-confidence and she believes she says she learned everything in life through karate.
“There have been enough falls over the years, but my achievements masked all the failures”, she said.
It is interesting that the EKF European Championship in Poreč will be her first trip to Croatia. To all the good people and athletes gathering there, Farida sent wishes: “I wish everyone health and strength during this difficult period for the whole world.”