• Jasmin TORRES: "Now I will practice only Сombat SAMBO"

Jasmin TORRES: "Now I will practice only Сombat SAMBO"

3 September 2021 Anton Orlov
Jasmin TORRES: "Now I will practice only Сombat SAMBO"

Colombian athlete Jasmin Torres became the 2021 Pan American champion in Combat SAMBO among women. She turned out to be the strongest in the weight category up to 72 kg. The athlete spoke about weight gain, the impact of the pandemic on training and the importance of winning the Pan American SAMBO Championships in an interview for the FIAS website.

Jasmin, in the final you had a very bright fight...

– For me this fight really turned out to be very difficult. I participated in an unusual weight category for myself: my usual weight is 67 kg, so I had to gain a little. I understand that in this aspect I was inferior to my rival, it was difficult. And I am especially happy with this victory.


How did you manage to win?

– Through training that was long and hard. I want to thank my SAMBO and Jiu-Jitsu coaches, thanks to them I was able to win.

What was special about this workout?

– Each time we simulated a fight, thought out a strategy, trained to wear. These were training sessions in Combat SAMBO.


How did the pandemic affect the training process? Or was the preparation for the Pan American Championships proceeding as usual?

– Of course, the pandemic affected the training process. The differences were primarily due to the fact that I could only train with my coaches, that is, I did not have sparring partners as such, except for coaches due to the restrictions on the number of athletes in the gym. In this regard, it was rather unusual and even difficult.

Plus the trip to Villavicencio itself, a performance in a sanitary bubble, and a PCR test. All this complicated the preparation process, distracted from the competition, but in the end everything turned out great.

Did the spectators help, because in fact you performed at home?

– Yes, of course, it's great when the audience supports you. True, sometimes you are so focused on the fight that you don't hear anyone but your coach. But support is, of course, always important.


What does this victory mean to you?

– For me this victory is of great importance, because this is the first major international SAMBO tournament in Pan America, in which I take part. This is not only my victory, but also those people who participated in my preparation.

What sport did you come to SAMBO from and why?

– Earlier I was engaged in boxing, jiu-jitsu, then I got acquainted with SAMBO and realized that, in fact, it is the kind of sport that includes many martial arts, including those in which I was involved. Now I will practice only Combat SAMBO, this is my favorite sport.


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