Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate’s very Sensei Karin Brockman has once again set the bar by qualifying for the 2021 Ironman World Championships!
From the 17th to the 18th of September top professional and age-group triathletes from around the world will test their skills in the shadows of the stunning red rock canyons in St. George, Utah, at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission. The challenging course has some of the most breathtaking views of the American Southwest and is an athlete-favorite that attracts the best in the sport!
Sensei Karin Brockmann is no stranger to taking on big challenges; being one of only two woman in the history of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia to have achieved her 5th Dan (Godan) back in 2020! With her sights set firmly on the IM 70,3 World Championships, we caught up to Sensei Karin to find out more about her passion outside of the dojo!
1. When did you first start Triathlon?
I first started cycling 9 years ago. Four years in and I decided to try my hand at swimming and eventually decided I might as well run too! OTB’s National Triathlon events looked like fun so I figured why not try all three disciplines together. I thoroughly enjoy the variation between the three sports as well as the challenge of having to do them back to back! June 2019 I decided to take on my first major Ironman in the IM70.3 in Durban! The feeling of standing their between all those athlete’s, competing, making friends and of course ultimately finishing the race was one that I will never forget! I could not wait to do it again, but then came Covid-19.
2. What lessons has karate taught you and how have they helped you with triathlon?
My passion will always be karate! I am incredibly grateful for the lessons it has taught me and the places it has taken me. My greatest inspiration will always be the lessons I learnt whilst in Okinawa. There truly is no limit to wat a person can achieve! Most important is to continue to learn and adapt and that giving up is not an option!
3. How did you first learn you qualified for the IM 70.3 World Championships?
In January this year I received a mail asking if I would be interested in participating in the IM70.3 in Dubai. After spending most of 2020 in lockdown I could not wait to participate and immediately indicated my interest! Shortly there after got an email stating that I received a spot for my age group at the World Championship! It was ultimately a very impulsive decision but I am very grateful that I received my slot!
4. What part are you looking forward to the most?
The cycling! It will always be my favorite!
5. Any advice for newcomers?
Being properly prepared is vital to be able to fully enjoy a triathlon! Do as much research as possible and get everything ready beforehand! You don’t want to rush and be stressed the morning of your race!
6. What is your motto?
Success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday you get little bit better than the day before.
On behalf of OGKN we wish Sensei Karin all the best in her upcoming preparations and the best of luck in Utah!