Daniel, black belt 2 DAN
Daniel began practicing Traditional Karate in 1990 and is recognized as Black Belt 2 DAN by the World Fudokan Federation (WFF) and the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF).
He trained primarily under the guidance of Sensei Dan Stuparu (8 DAN) but also attended many of the courses of Sensei Ilija Iorga (10 DAN) and Sensei Vladimir Iorga (9 DAN), and had the opportunity to learn from Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama (10 DAN). In May 1997, Sensei Ilija Jorga promoted him to the rank of Shodan (black belt – 1 DAN).
For years, Daniel represented his native country, Romania, in many international competitions and he is 4 times gold medal winner of European competitions, a multiple national and Balkan champion. After ending his competitive career, he continued studying traditional karate and trained other karateka.
Karate, a Way of Life
Karate is not just about learning how to fight or being the toughest, but it’s about discovering a new world, one that is different and peaceful, and where honour and respect are paramount. Aside from the practices, kumite, katas and techniques, he learned not only to respect his dojo and sensei, but also himself, his parents, his family and his friends.
Karate gave Daniel the tools he needed to raise his self-esteem and to build lifelong friendships. He was taught the many lessons rooted in the practice of karate including how to win, how to lose, how to work hard, how to persevere and stay committed, and how to pick yourself up after a failure. He learned how to be active, maintain a healthy body, and be a strong individual both physically and mentally.
A Message for his Students
“One of the most important statements in karate is “have no fear“. I must have been told a million times before I really began to deeply understand those words. But once I did, I began to feel brave and confident. My sensei used to say to me ‘don’t leave things for tomorrow’ and now I’ll share it with you. In other words, stay focused, be productive and don’t procrastinate.
Karate will teach you to be patient. You’ll learn to take a moment, not act impulsively, stay calm and find the best possible solution for any given situation.
Always keep your promises. Be a person of your word. Don’t choose trouble or start a conflict. Be the one who settles it in peace.
Release your negative energies on a punching bag in the safety and comfort of your dojo – not another person.
And finally, I’ll leave you with this: there is good in everything – even a lost fight. You just need to see it. Change your perspective and you’ll train yourself to have a positive, strong spirit for life.”
– Daniel Cotosman