Kyokushin fighter: It’s official. I’m done

Gudeliauskų Gabija

It is sad when a good fighter stops with his competitions activity. But that is the time … They are not eternal. Sometimes they come back, sometimes we never hear more about them. This second option I do not even want to think of one of my favorite female fighters Gudeliauskų Gabija.

Gabija announced her retirement days after the European Championship in Poland in her IG account.

“It’s official. I’m done.
For several last years I was thinking, that it was just a period, lack of motivation, routine, but it is what I was afraid the most – I dont feel the drive anymore. I have proven to myself lots of times, that I can and I know how to fight, but I don’t have fighting anger, wish and need anymore. I like preparation and hard trainings, I like those things, I really do, but I dont see the point in participating in competitions.”

 

It’s official. I’m done. For several last years I was thinking, that it was just a period, lack of motivation, routine, but it is what I was afraid the most – I dont feel the drive anymore. I have proven to myself lots of times, that I can and I know how to fight, but I don’t have fighting anger, wish and need anymore. I like preparation and hard trainings, I like those things, I really do, but I dont see the point in participating in competitions. My priorities in life has changed. I want to deal with my life more and create it as I want, but being a top athlete costs too much time and effort. Those trainings and every expectation weight to much and I dont want to dissapoint my coach, family, friends and fans, just because of my lost interest. I planned to quit the big sport after world championship in Japan, but I realized that it wouldn’t change anything – you can be as good as you want, be the strongest and have the greatest technique, but everytime will win those, who want it the most. I never thought it would be that easy.. Even the thought of this move, make me feel like.. a fresh air breeze in the hot, frowsy room. I have taken all the good from this sport and I am thankful for it, but now it’s just never-ending traumas, pain, time and nervs. I think it’s time for a change and I see this as an evolution in life, seeing myself as a project for new activities and experiences, and I can’t wait for it to begin!🙏 P.S. Maybe you’ll see me later, in some tournaments, just for fun, but not the national team. OSU!😊

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Sad but this is life. I wish her all the best and really hope to see her on tatami in the future! Osu!

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