Douglas Brose: World champion raising the White Card and using Karate to help youngsters
Douglas Brose of Brazil is holding the #WhiteCard to celebrate the transformative power of sport on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6.
Douglas Brose of Brazil is holding the #WhiteCard to celebrate the transformative power of sport on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6. The two-time World champion personifies the strength of #KarateValues as he is using Karate to help the lives of youngsters in Brazil.
“Karate is the perfect sport to exemplify all the principles that the #WhiteCard campaign entails. Our sport is accessible to everyone, popular and well-known all over the world, and has a core philosophy that highlights the principles of the #WhiteCard campaign and April6,” said Douglas Brose.
“All the sports transmit positive principles but Karate, due to its philosophy, its discipline, and its tradition best represents the values of this campaign,” adds the two-time World Champion.
DOUGLAS BROSE INSTITUTE FOR CHILDREN
Born in Cruz Alta, in the Brazilian region of Rio Grande do Sul, Douglas Brose is one of the most popular athletes in the sport and he is recognised as the best karateka of all times in Brazil. After claiming all sort of honours for over a decade - including four medals at the Pan American Games, six PKF Championships crowns, and the World titles in 2010 and 2014 among others- the Karate Star is now focused on earning the qualification for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
While fighting to make his Olympic dreams come true, Brose is also hoping to make the world a better place, especially children’s. Together with his wife Lucelia, Brose created the Douglas Brose Institute for Children, an organisation aiming to make a difference in children’s lives through the practice of sports.
“We have created a syllabus of sports activities to support children in their education. We use sports and Karate as tools to help youngsters to improve their development. Specifically, we are working with kids coming from challenging areas and at risk of social exclusion through Karate to improve their living conditions. Through the practice of Karate, we try to keep them away from bad environments and negative influences,” he said.
For Douglas and his wife, also a high-level karateka and coach, social responsibility and Karate go hand-in-hand.
“We have the opportunity to really help these kids. We can achieve their social inclusion through Karate. Our sport teaches extraordinary values who are extremely positive to these children and I believe that thanks to Karate, we can contribute to improving the social situation in my city,” states Brose who lives in the southern city of Florianopolis.
“Our goal is to continue helping the children in my city and hopefully, to also make a difference in my state and my country,” the Karate Star mentions.
“I just want to help youngsters to stay on the right path. I am convinced that Karate can open the door to the right path for these kids,” Brose adds.
Join Douglas and the WKF in the #WhiteCard campaign. Post your picture holding the White Card on your social media channels with the hashtags #WhiteCard #IDSDP2021 #April6 and tagging the WKF.