some precious moments in my life
FIRST WKF GOLD MEDAL
Petru Comănescu, the athlete I coached for 12 years, has obtained the first gold medal of a Romanian at the kata event in the official WKF circuit, winning at Jesolo Youth League, a top competition that has brought together 3180 athletes from 65 countries. In Petru's category, kata male cadets, there were 124 athletes from 36 countries. As explorers venture into the unknown, our karate adventure has led us to constantly discover new resources that we did not know we had. This process of exploration helped us find out that, in every day there is something magical, something new. You go up, step by step, struggling every time your body and your mind tells you to give up, you ignore the obstacles and the naysayers, you embrace the risks, always looking ahead, then you reach the peak and the first need you feel is to enjoy the silence. There, above the clouds, the world looks different, with other peaks coming in the distance so you start dreaming again ...
GOT MARRIED TO RUXANDRA
On July 08, 2017 I got married to Ruxandra, after six years spent together. We enjoy to travel and we share a lot of hobbies - climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming, diving. Despite what is said, you can be a free man and a married one in the same time. 😃
BMW CERTIFIED DRIVER TRAINER
On May 15, 2015 I graduated The BMW Driving Academy in Maisach, Germany. It was a top tier experience: each year 10 people with motorsport experience who already have been selected in assessment courses in their countries come to Maisach to become BMW Trainers and not all of them manage to do it. Top level skills in driving, training, public speaking, event management are mandatory to be ambassador of a premium brand like BMW. Since then I trained hundreds of people and managed several exclusive and large BMW events and courses.
3rd DAN BLACK BELT
Romanian karate is covered by a huge cloud of lies: everybody has a "champion" diploma or a title, but in the same time Romania is on the last place in the international ranking, with absolutely no continental or world champion. So, I decided to evaluate my knowledge with someone who really knows karate. In the left side of the photo is Luca Valdesi, multiple World & European Champion, member in the WKF Technical Commision for The Olympic Games. In the right side of the photo is Andrea Valdesi, Luca's father and trainer.
GEORGEOUS FIODOR (JINX)
April 13, 2012 was for me the day of a new beginning. Five years after the death of my good companion Groll von Konigsstein, I finally found the strength to move on and to dream along with a new friend. He is Jinx, an awesome Airedale Terrier champion who won a lot of dog shows. He is a funny and crazy dog with a free spirit. You can see a lot of pictures with him in the PHOTOGRAPHER menu - DOGS submenu. We love to travel and to explore together.
1st FILMMAKER AWARD
On February 24, 2012, I was awarded by NIKON with "The Best Video Project" for the VAGABOND documentary. This is my favourite journalistic project, which implies to tell the stories of some amazing people who had the courage to follow their dreams and succeeded to fulfill them. I made 5 episodes, with the first Romanian doctor who made an in-utero surgery, with the manager of the first Romanian expedition on Everest and with three sport champions in karate, rally and fencing. Find more in the FILMMAKER menu. I will relaunch the documentary soon, now I'm studying journalism at Bucharest University to become a professional journalist.
WINTER ASCENT ON ELBRUS - 5642m
On January 10, 2010 I climbed the highest peak in Europe, Elbrus (5642m). It was a winter ascent done in alpine style: no guides, porters, fixed lines, all was done in a self-sufficient manner. The summit was climbed during an amazing winter expedition, done with a classic BMW, reaching in the same trip the Arctic Circle. Find more in the ADVENTURER menu.
WINTER ASCENT ON MONT BLANC - 4810m
On January 11, 2009 I managed to climb, in winter, the highest peak in Alps - Mont Blanc (4810m). It was an awesome, alpine style ascent. Find more in the ADVENTURER menu.
WKF KARATE NATIONAL CHAMPION
WKF National Champion is the highest national title obtainable by an athlete in karate. After reaching this milestone I decided to retire from competing and to start coaching, with one clear goal: to build the first international (world or continental) Romanian champion in the Olympic karate. Romania has, until now, only some bronze medals. I am still working on this project, see the KARATE COACH menu. As a coach, my record is 110 national titles and three Balkan bronze medals in WKF karate.
GROLL v. KONIGSSTEIN
Groll v. Konigsstein was an amazing German Shepherd, with an unique character. In front of the strangers he was strong, combative, determined, fearless, undefeated, impressive, gorgeous. I used to say that if we had met God in our journeys and if God had been against us, God would have been defeated. With me he was loyal, fair, sometimes forgiving and sometimes funny. With himself he was stoic. He had a special hypnotism, it was always something magic, something new when I was watching him. We spent together more than 10 years of adventures, he was my best friend during my entire teenage. I still miss him a lot.