At sixteen, Alex Bervanakis is anything but average. He threw out the idea of spending his days playing video games and binging TV series in favour of something a little more challenging – Karate.

When he first joined the Shindo Karate Acadamy, it quickly became clear that he had a rare combination of talent and dedication not often seen in kids his age.

It was the start of his new life, and since then he hasn’t looked back.

As one might expect, the road to success isn’t easy. It requires a combination of mental and physical strength, maturity, and countless hours of training that could easily lead to physical exhaustion. Yet Alex never shied away from the challenge – his instructors have praised him for his dedication and enthusiasm since he first put on the white uniform.

He fills each practice session with tension, as he strives to push himself to higher levels of performance.

And where does he get all this strength and passion?

Alex loves attending his academy, training with other children, and being part of a team that shares a strong love for the sport.

His passion and dedication are truly inspiring.

“It’s the nature of the sport that I really love. The combination of physical empowerment with that of the spiritual is something improbable. Also seeing other kids progress is a driving force for me,” he told Neos Kosmos.

He may be proud of his successes thus far, but he’s not about to sit back and let his laurels do all the work.

At the National Championships held in Western Australia. Photo: Supplied

“I’m pumped to be part of the Karate Elite Team and to have the opportunity to represent Victoria. Last year, I flew all the way to New Zealand for the New Zealand Open and was lucky enough to come away with a bronze medal. But, the highlight of my karate career was undoubtedly coming second in the national tournament in Perth last month – I was over the moon and ready to take on the world”.

He is clear when asked about his future.

“My ambition is to hone my skills and get better every day. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m dreaming of the day when I can proudly represent Australia on the international stage – and maybe even train with the Greek national team. It would be a tremendous honour for me and my Greek family,” Alex told Neos Kosmos.

The young athlete knows that success doesn’t come easy, but he’s ready to put in the hard work, sweat, and tears to get there. He’s confident that with the help of his family and coaches, he’ll be able to reach all the goals he’s had since the day he stepped into the karate dojo he’s so passionate about.

Alex is looking to take his karate career to the next level, and is seeking help to get there. If you’re interested in sponsoring Alex’s karate journey join him on Instagram @alexbervanakiskarate.