28 August, by order of the Minister of Sports of Russia, Viktor Kolibabchuk was awarded the sports title "Master of Sports of Russia of international class in mas-wrestling".

Despite, that Victor is the most titled mas-wrestler in the country and, it seemed, long ago deserved this high title, he had to wait a very long time for this moment. He was terribly worried, although he didn't show it. But today he's in seventh heaven. We immediately contacted him and interviewed him.. I bring it uncut:

“It all started in the distant 2009 year in Vladimir. I then took part in my first Mas-Wrestling Championship of Russia. Занял второе место после Евгения Сивцева. В «абсолютке» уступил Анатолию Баишеву. These results gave me the right to compete among the best mas-wrestlers of the country in the city of Vilyuisk at the Russian Championship in the absolute category as part of the "Games of Manchaara".

I didn't have time to think it over carefully, like a blind lot, how on purpose again brought me together with the same athletes from Yakutia. I, of course, annoyingly lost to both of them. In the end, I managed to take only eighth place. But that was the beginning of my ascent for me. It was thanks to their victories and my loss that I began to work on myself. I learned all the tricks of mas-wrestling from these two Yakut athletes..

After Vilyuisk, I had about eight to nine months to, to prepare for the next Russian Championship, During this time, I got stronger physically, understood a lot, I improved my mistakes at the next Championship of Russia, which took place in Smolensk, I began to act like a Yakut on the platform, doing the same tricks. Receptions, worked out by me many times during training. The result was not long in coming.

I really wanted to show myself in my native land, and I won it! And in the "absolute" also showed the first result. Since then, I began to communicate with Yakut athletes almost on equal terms. We have become real friends. And shared among themselves different moments of our common cause. Many thanks to them for this.!

I learned everything from them, I shamelessly imitated them. And he even came up with a slogan for himself, which I never told anyone, but now you can: "Do you want to win mas-wrestling, fight like a Yakut! This was my credo.

Surely words are one thing, but in practice it is completely different. I can not tell, that victories were given to me one after another somehow easily and naturally. All fights with Yakut athletes took place in a very stubborn and hard struggle.. They, also, as I, fought to the last. The power of these contractions just went off scale, но из каждой схватки я успевал уловить нечто для себя. Как бы откладывая определённый навык, to use next time. I will say more, that a share of luck was always needed.

I am immensely grateful to my coach Alexander Mikhailovich Usov, who opened mas-wrestling for me and was always there on my way in mas-wrestling. A lot of work has been done to prepare me as an athlete. I had to go through a lot. There is something to remember.

Over the past ten years, I have visited many places and seen a lot.. Made friends all over the world. I am absolutely happy to walk with them through life, hand in hand, developing my favorite sport.

I dreamed of becoming a master of sports in mas-wrestling.. And today I have a double-triple-multiple holiday - I was awarded the sports title "Master of Sports of Russia of international class in mas-wrestling"! I still can't believe. This is a great result for any athlete.. I'm happy.

I would like to thank all those, who helped me on the way in my cherished dream. I thank the All-Russian Mas-Wrestling Federation, International Mas-Wrestling Federation, Main Sports Department of the Smolensk Region, Vyazemsky Sports Committee! We make history together, helping sports, developing our mas- restling on the way to Olympus.

well, move on! Only forward!»

Victor Kolibabchuk is a member of the Presidium of the All-Russian Mas-Wrestling Federation. Always responds to the call to hold workshops for youth. 12 September he will speak at the Martial Arts Forum with the participation of the top officials of the Russian Union of Martial Arts Yuri Trutnev, Sergey Kirienko, famous actors Chuck Norris and Vladimir Epifantsev, eminent athletes Nikolai Valuev, Khabib Nurmagomedov and many others. Moscow mas-wrestlers Evgeny Pikonin will help Victor to present mas-wrestling, Egor Degtyarev, Begench Redzhepov, Sergey Zotov, Dmitry Vasiliev, artist Maria Belotserkovskaya and leader Lena Tomskaya.

Author: Lena TOMSK.