On January 9th The Estonian Championships in Karate where held at Tartu, an Estonian Business School first year student, Tanel Paabo, was participating for his ninth time. This a young man, 6,7 ft (edit: 2 meters) with a bright smile and knock out personality. Tanel is a future hopeful in Estonian Karate.
He is studying Entrepreneurship and Business Management, specialising in Business Technology at EBS.
Last Saturday Tanel left from the Estonian Championships in Karate with 3 gold medals. He won the U21 heavyweight, Estonian team and Estonian absolute heavyweight title. Tanel also retained his Best Male Karate title. The emotions filled the atmosphere at this recent event, as Tanel says, he finally could give his best for a long time.
In addition to this, Tanel has actually won The Estonian Champions 19 times, in spite of his young age, he has developed to a world-class level. In 2011 and 2012 year European Junior and Cadets Championships Tanel won The Cadets Champions title. In 2013 he won Junior World Champion bronze medal, to finish it all off he also held the title of The overall series World Cup winner from 2012-2013.
However he doesn’t want to stop there as the potential for more medals is high. The coming Saturday he will take part in the international karate tournament Estonian Open which is going to take place in Tallinn.
For an event of such importance, the right mental state has to be achieved, which would stand the competition’s pressure. Tanel has his personal way of achieving it. After the daily physical, mental and spiritual training, he embeds the importance and objectives of the competition deep inside himself to have the right state of mind for the fights.
Additionally, Paabo said that without the support from his loved ones you can’t do anything big in this world. And with these golden words we are congratulating him for all his victories by the EBS collective.
Good luck for the next competitions in your life and a lots of gold glitter for your Championships.
Translators: Kelly Treu & Henry Ševtšenko
Editors: Kiran Arokiasamy & Kärt Mättikas