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Spochan: a sport you should know about

Come out to counterattack, move your feet all the time! Come in with a C, a C, - the athlete shouted, encouraging her friend at the Russian championship in ... no, not in football. And on the sports chanbar. Or I'll go to bed.

Spochan is Japanese air-filled fencing with non-traumatic swords, which originated in the 1970s. This sport is based on samurai fights. On March 25, not only teams from different cities of Russia, but also representatives of Belarus and Ukraine came to the competition in Moscow. Immediately after the performance, we talked with Leonid Osokin - a three-time European champion, a multiple champion of Russia and a bronze medalist of the World Cup in spochan - and found out what this sport teaches and how it influences character formation.

Your philosophy

- When and how did your story about spanking start?
- It began exactly 11 years ago, well, give or take one week. I remember my mother and I just went to the park, but it turned out that it was my parents' insidious plan. We searched for a long time what to do for me, and as a result, my mother heard from a friend that her son was engaged in this kind of sport - a sports chanbara, for abbreviated sleep. It so happened that we leave the park, and right next to the park is a school. We go to school, and there is a sleep training. I started going there first, then moved to another school, and so I continue, continue to study.

- What advantages do you see in sleeping in comparison with other types of martial arts?
- This is almost complete absence of injuries, that is, you can get injured only if you did not warm up well. Then there are sprains. If you warm up well, then the injuries are minimized, due to the fact that the design of the sword is made in such a way that you can strike with full force and at the same time not experience pain and, accordingly, not get injured. The pros are in the fact that everyone can find something of their own. For me, for my teammates, this is a professional sport, for children it is games and just a good pastime, for adults it is psychological relaxation. It is also fitness and an element of the game, because besides the battles we have team battles. Well, a large number of competitions - 6-7 a year.

In our sport presented a huge number of categories of weapons. From Tanto, that is, a knife, it is about 40 cm, to Yari, it is a spear, it is 1.9 meters. Long sword, short sword, two swords, ax, stick, pole - a huge number of categories in which people can find something interesting for themselves. At competitions you participate in at least three categories. If something did not work out in the first, you can go to the second. If the second did not work, you can goin the third. That is, you have three chances to achieve some result.

- Does spoch have its own philosophy?
- Yes, it exists essentially from the very foundation of this species sports. This is honesty. You must be honest with yourself and with your opponent. Why honesty: in our sport people judge, and nobody canceled the human factor. It happens that the blows that the opponents deliver may not be counted because of the angle of view or because the referee blinked, just got tired. We have a good form rule - if you missed a beat, you have to raise your hand and confess. Personally, I know the story when in the final of the World Championship - can you imagine what level - an athlete raised his hand and admitted that he was hit. You are calmer in front of yourself. I know from myself that when I used to cheat as a child, then later it was very unpleasant from this situation. Well, honesty, in principle, should be one of the most important traits in a person.

- Tell us from your own experience what qualities a spoch develops. It can be both physical and psychological aspects?
- Let's start with physical ones. These are martial arts, fencing, respectively, the whole body works. Due to the load on all muscle groups during the fight, the physical condition of the whole body is trained and improved. Also, honesty, the will to win, the desire to train no matter what - this has transformed into what is now in my character, and I am incredibly grateful to my parents for the fact that 11 years ago they sent me to this particular sport.

Issue price

- What does the equipment consist of? How often should it be changed?
- In principle, we have a free form. If we talk about training form, then you can come in whatever is convenient for you. Comfort is the main thing. At competitions, of course, each team has a uniform style of dress. The only element of protection in our sport is the mask. Because even though the design of the swords is made safely, if you fight without a mask, you can get hit in the nose, in the eyes, which is very dangerous. We have training and competition swords. If we talk about training swords, then they are enough for a season, or a little less with intensive training. Children have enough for one and a half to two years. In adults for a year. And a professional weapon, that is, a competitive one - again, how will you use it. You need to handle it carefully, do not hit the floor, because there is a chamber inside, which is pumped with air. It can burst. I can say for myself that the last sword that I bought a year and a half ago, I think I will change soon, unfortunately. As much as I love him, how many competitions I went through with him ...

- Parents who send their children to the section are also interested in the financial issue. In terms of cost, how much does it take to outfit a year?
- My mask has been living for 11 years, and I'm not going to change it. It is very durable. Swords - a set costs about two thousand. These are training. Competitive - somewhere from 12 thousand. In the first year for a child from two to six thousand will go, depending on whether you buy a mask or not.

- Is the mask the most expensive piece of equipment?
- Depending on the manufacturer. There are Taiwanese masks, there are Japanese ones. They differ both visually and in sensations. Taiwanese costs about three to four thousand, Japanese about six to seven thousand rubles. That is, in comparison with many other sports, it does not hit the wallet so hard.

- I know that you already train yourself and have tried yourself as a judge. If you can compare these categories at all, what do you prefer - to perform on your own, train or judge? How does it feel different?
- It is impossible to compare here, in these three types of activity different goals are pursued. In training activities, I aim to share my experience. I try to give my students what I know as much as possible, because it is really very pleasant when you can show and tell something to people. As for the judging, in a sense, these are forced measures, because sometimes there are simply not enough judges. Unfortunately, our sport is not yet well developed in Russia. Sometimes I have to get up to judge, but this is only for my pleasure. I’m probably judging from the age of 14. As for the competition, again, depending on the tournament. If we are talking about the stages of the Moscow Cup, such regional competitions, then in our club the philosophy is as follows: at competitions you should try to feel like you are in training, only in slightly nervous conditions. If you can do well in competition what you do in training, then you did a good job. If it doesn't work, you have to work, work, work. Competition is a kind of training for us. As for refereeing, in a sense, these are forced measures, because there are simply not enough referees.

Unfortunately, our sport is not yet so developed in Russia. I have been judging for a long time. From the age of 14 I was already allowed to judge children. Slowly he began to move to senior subgroups. There are many aspects of judging that are not visible to the average viewer. Because of this, one can even hear discontent and reproaches from parents or other athletes, but this is a normal situation for any sport. It is also interesting how judges work in different countries. Having visited many international competitions, I can say that our judges are one of the best, and maybe the best in their field. As for the European and World Championships, we are already fighting in full force there, and there can be no talk of any experiments.

The future is in bed

- You wanted to be included in the list of Olympic sportsand? And how do you assess the chances that it will be brought there soon?
- Of course, I would like to, because this is the sport of my life. I do my best on my part to develop it. We have a fairly active team, we go with various master classes in Moscow and the regions. If we talk about the development of sports in Russia, then there were about 60 people at the 2014 Russian championship, and more than 170 people at the 2017 championship. As for the Olympics, as you know, the next Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020. The leadership of our world federation has established contact with the Japanese Olympic Committee, and there have been attempts to present our sport as a showcase sport from the host country. This happened in 2008 in Beijing. Then sports wushu was presented, if I'm not mistaken.

In Japan, and in the world, we cannot compete with such lumps as karate, judo yet. But I can say that in a number of countries, such as Italy, France, Japan, sport is already officially recognized. If we talk about the countries in which they study, there are more and more of them every year. I will voice only European ones: Russia, Latvia and Estonia, Italy, France, Poland, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Switzerland. I'll boast a little. At the last European Championship in team competition - when three best athletes from a country compete - we became the first. After us, there were Italians and French.

- What are your plans for the future, what goals do you pursue?
- How can we develop our sport better, stronger, more effectively ... The second is to start building your own club. So far, all this is progressing rather slowly, but fortunately, only two months have passed. And the third is to do everything possible and prepare to the maximum for the next world championship, which will be held in 2018 in Tokyo. I am absolutely unhappy with my performance at the previous World Championship. These are my three plans for the next 2-3 years.

- What Did this sport teach you?
- The sport is Japanese, therefore, there are obligatory elements of etiquette. It seems to me that it somehow helped me to become more respectful to people. On the court, athletes must respect each other. Yes, it is said that we are alone on the site, and others outside the site, but I try both on the site and outside the site to remain the person I am. In this regard, sport has given me a lot for the formation of my personality and for my communication with people, as I meet, communicate with a huge number of people from different countries, that is, it is a different mentality, a different language. It also helps.

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